Good To The Last Drop

Life's full of small annoyances, and Consumer Reports just took a closer look at one of them-not being able to get that last drop out of bottles, containers, and tubes.

Consumer Reports' Bob Karpel has spent weeks pumping, pouring, and squeezing a plethora of products from all sorts of packages and containers.

They included lotions, liquid detergents, glass cleaners, and toothpastes-22 products in all.

"Some held much more than others." said Karpel. "And some you could get almost everything out.

Bob weighed what was left, and 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. In some cases, up to 15% was still inside.

As for toothpaste, who hasn't struggled getting out the last bit?

Consumer Reports found plastic squeeze tubes can trap about 10 percent of the toothpaste.

But kudos to tubes with a foil liner. It lets you squeeze out practically everything.

And glass cleaners shined, too, delivering almost all the cleaner from the bottle.

Consumer Reports says for those annoying toothpaste tubes, a toothpaste squeezer can come in handy.

They cost about three dollars. Or you can just cut the tube at the bottom to squeeze out that last drop.

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