Getting Every Last Drop

April 14, 2009 10:00:58 PM PDT
You know the frustration - you're trying to get that last bit of peanut butter stuck to the bottom of the jar, or that last dab of lotion. Not only is it frustrating, its money wasted. Squeezing out that last bit of toothpaste ... pumping lotion and getting nowhere ... or getting that last dollop of detergent from the bottle.

Consumer Reports has some really handy maneuvers to get out every last drop. Take lotion - cut the tube in half and scoop out the rest- there's plenty left. This works for toothpaste, too. Down to the bottom of your favorite lipstick? Have no fear.

Consumer Reports Jody Rolena said "Use a chopstick to scoop out whatever's left. Then transfer it to a small jar or travel-size container like this one. You'll need a lipstick brush to apply it."

Getting the last bit of shampoo or hair conditioner can be maddening, too. Just add a little water and shake. Do this with detergents and soaps, too.

"There's always that last bit of olive oil in the bottle. Save yourself the agony of watching it drip out in slow motion and make a salad dressing right in the bottle. Just add vinegar, herbs and shake," said Rolena.

Consumer Reports says a set of different-sized spatulas is a must for scooping out that last bit of mayo and peanut butter.

As for that last drop of honey and molasses, put the jar in hot water. Once warmed up, it will flow out easily.

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