What do you do when your favorite bottle of lotion [appears] to run out? Do you toss out the bottle (or recycle it, if possible) and add it to your shopping list?
Did you know that there can be up to four more weeks of product left in the bottle when your pump or spout no longer puts out? Ah, the wonder of package marketing. With a few extra steps, you can be sure that you’re getting your money’s worth on every last drop of your favorite lotion, moisturizer, concealer, etc.
If it’s a pump bottle, unscrew the pump and use it as a dip stick to dig out more of the product. When this no longer works, hit the bottle upside down on your palm until more of the product comes loose. When this no longer works, it’s time to break out all of the stops: cut the bottle. By cutting a larger opening into the bottle, you can use your fingers to scrape along the sides and bottom of the bottle, extracting every last drop of product.
If your product is in a tube or screw top bottle, skip directly to cutting the container.
When working with a soap product (liquid hand soap, face wash, shampoo, dish soap), you can extend the last bit of it by adding a little water.
Over time, you’ll save yourself money on the amount of products you buy and you’ll save landfills from additional waste.
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