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Squeezing Last Drop

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Does it bug you that you can’t get all the product you’ve payed for out of bottles, containers, and tubes?

Granted, it’s just a  little annoyance. But it’s also a waste of money that will increase your ecological footprint.
Consumer Reports spent weeks pumping, pouring, and squeezing all kinds of stuff from all sorts of packages and containers. They tested 22 products including lotions, liquid detergents, glass cleaners, and toothpastes—

Then they weighed what was left in the containers. Lotions proved the toughest to empty. The pump bottles held onto about 20 percent of the cream!

When it comes to the end of laundry detergents with push buttons, the flow slows to a dribble. They hold onto about 15 percent.

And we all know what it’s like to get that last bit of toothpaste. The plastic squeeze tubes can trap about 10 percent of the toothpaste. But if you buy tubes that have a foil liner, you can squeeze out practically everything. Glass cleaners also got high marks – almost all the liquid came out easily.

With shampoos, conditioners, detergents and soaps, you can add a bit of water and shake. With everything else patience pays off – but you can also just cut the container at the bottom and scoop out the rest.

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