I discovered this method when I came to the end of my favorite, and quite expensive, tube of lotion. This works on any thin, plastic tube of product that you are able to cut through with scissors (toothpaste, face cream, lotion, hair products, medications…) Never throw away an “empty” tube of product without doing this first.
Once the container appears empty, stand the tube on end, as though you’re trying to drain out every last bit of product.
Using scissors, cut horizontally through the tube about 2-3 inches above the cap end, cutting the tube into two separate, not necessarily equal, pieces.
Notice how much product is hiding in the tube!
Use your fingers to transfer all of the product into the cap end of the tube.
To reseal, simply place the top half of the tube over the original cap end. It may not be a perfect fit but you will be able to squeeze them together securely.
Push the new “lid” down as far as possible onto the cap end of the tube, creating a much shorter “mini” tube, as pictured below.
To use any remaining product do not use the original cap but remove the new “lid, or tube half” to reach in with your fingers.
You can get your fingers right to the bottom of the tube for several more days, or even weeks, of product use.
No more wasted product!
You’ll really be able to “get to the bottom of it”.
I’ve been doing this for years, too! It’s amazing the amount of product still inside the tube!
I’ve been doing this for years, especially with toothpaste. I’m always surprised at how much product is left in the so-called empty bottle. But I never thought of putting the top half of the tube over the original cap end. I simply used a binder clip to hold it closed. I like your idea better!