How To: Get Every Last Drop from a Tube or Bottle

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We want to save and conserve as much as possible, so isn't it really annoying when you can't reach that last little bit? It just feels like we're throwing away money when we know there's something left inside the container, however small it may be. So, from toothpaste to tomato paste, here are a few tips and tricks for getting every last drop...

These come courtesy of the May 2009 issue of ShopSmart (publisher of Consumer Reports):

Soaps and detergents: Add a small amount of water or poke a small hole in the bottom corner of the container and allow the contents to drain into a cup or bowl.

Toothpaste: A $3 toothpaste squeezer works well or just cut the tube in half and squeeze!

Moisturizers: You can also use the cut-the-tube-in-half trick with moisturizers in a tube. To scoop up the remains in a pump container, tip it on its side, remove the pump, and use a cotton swab.

Mayonnaise and Peanut butter: Stock up on a set of spatulas in assorted sizes, and use a skinny bowl scraper to get the remnants out of products in wide-mouth containers.

Tomato paste (or other thick, canned products): Remove both ends of the can and push one end through to the other side. Cut the paste into individual servings and wrap for use when needed.

Honey or molasses: Put the jar into a hot-water bath to make the inside more liquidy, and it will flow out very nicely.

Olive oil: Create a salad dressing right in the bottle by adding ingredients like vinegar and herbs and shaking well.

Shampoo and conditioner: Simply add some water and shake.

Lipstick: Use a chopstick to scoop out the remaining product. Then transfer it into a jar and apply the color with a lip brush.

Paint: Use a can opener to cut off the bottom of the can so you can scrape out more of the paint with a spatula.

What are your tips? Tell us below!

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