Does anyone else do this?


Whenever I have a tube of something that I like, such as scented lotion or sunscreen, I don’t toss it out when it’s “empty…” because it usually isn’t. It’s often really surprising just how much is left inside the package, even though you can no longer squeeze it out.


I got this tube of Bodycology lotion as a gift, and it’s got such a nice scent that I was a little sad when I reached the bottom of the tube. From past experiences, though, I know that there’s often a lot of product left inside a package like this. I took a pair of scissors and cut the end of the tube off…


There was quite a bit of lotion inside! In fact, I’ve been using this for the past four days now, and there’s still a fair amount in there. 


As I use up the lotion near the top of the tube, I just cut another piece of the tube off:


Obviously, you wouldn’t want to do this with a tube of something you’re taking with you and not leaving sit upright all day, but think about it — this lotion was “empty” when I cut it open. Something to think about — whether we use all the ounces inside a product or not, we are paying for all of what’s in there. Why not use it?


  1. Rebecca Wehrle says

    I will add water to the pump bottle of lotion. The first ingredient is usually water anyway. I shake it up and get more out of it.

  2. J.R. says

    What’s most annoying is how many packages are designed to be wasteful, so we’ll spend more money buying the product.

    I try hard to get everything out, and certainly consider wasteful packaging when making purchases.

  3. Diane says

    I always try to get the last bit out of a bottle or tube. It’s ridiculous how much is left inside unless you really work at it. Like Rebecca, I add water to many things to get the most out of the product. I also dilute my bottled salad dressings with a little water when the bottle is pretty new. It thins out the very thick product, you get more servings, and it tastes just as good (as long as you don’t overdo the watering down bit!)

  4. Maggie says

    Yep! All the time. I love Avons Moisture Therapy hand cream, I keep a tube everywhere I wash my hands and one in my purse. You bet I get every bit I can out of the tube!

  5. QMAURINE says

    When you cut out a piece of the tube, the remaining “top” and “bottom” will slide into each other making a shorter tube. When I want to use the product, I pull them apart, use and then put back together.

  6. Mandy says

    I do the same with the big hard pump bottles of lotion. I pull out the pump, saw off the bottom 2-3″ with a serrated knife, and put a plastic spoon in it. I cover it with plastic wrap or put it in a plastic container with a lid so it doesn’t dry out. Of course be very careful, as the hard plastic is very slippery when you first start to saw it. Not worth a trip to the emergency room!

  7. Kim says

    I cut tube in half and then put the pieces inside one another. This keeps it from drying out. Easy Peasy!!!
    Same for tooth paste.

  8. Jessica says

    I do that with tubes of medicated apricot facial scrub, which I use all the time. I’ll cut the tube into several pieces to scrape out all that’s left; usually, it’s enough for at least 2 to 3 more uses.

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