25% - 33%

25% – 33%

October 23, 2009

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Warning: I’m going to use statistics here, which is dangerous for a non-math person like me. But I have scientific backup, so I’m not crazy.

I’ve never used to use lotion on my legs regularly, but we got a giant bottle a while ago from a box of stuff from Lloyd’s uncle and I used it. Turns out it makes your legs less scaly. Who knew?

Anyway, when I was nearing the end of the first bottle, I was mad because the pump stopped working and obviously there was a lot left in there. I tried all the gimmicks to eek out the contents – shaking, wiping the sides with the pump stick, I even contemplated making a tiny spatula – then I just cut it open. I thought I was being quite ingenious, considering I got two more week’s worth of lotion out of there, but apparently people have been doing this for ages. Consumer Reports says that 25 – 33% of mustard, lotion, toothpaste, conditioner, etc. is left behind in the bottle.

Doesn't it look like it's floating in space?

Well, not around here, CR. Not around here.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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18 Responses to “25% – 33%”

  1. Amy Said on:

    uf! it’s really that bad?! wow! I guess I’ll have to do that now, but how did you keep it from drying out?

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  2. Brad Said on:

    I just like the shorty bottle. It says: “I hold a daily-use toiletry, but I can be fun, too!”

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  3. deanne Said on:

    I use cetaphil which comes in a tub, so at least with the lotion I’m all clear. Hmmm… what other items might I be leaving some behind in?

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  4. Beth Said on:

    I always cut things open. Well. Toiletries. I don’t cut open mustard bottles…because. Ew. And I use a ruler to squish all the available toothpaste without cutting it open. Because, I have limits to my crazy.

    And, Amy, I keep mine from drying out by doing what Lauren’s picture shows -- keep the other half of the bottle as a “lid”. It works well enough.

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  5. Brady G. Said on:

    I had this happen on some fancy-lad shaving cream and I was mad. I called and e-mailed the company to complain and guess what they did . . . NOTHING! I was still mad. So then I showed them, I bought a bigger tub ($$$) of the shaving cream in a different container that allows me to use all of it without cutting the container open. Hah! Take that shaving cream company!

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  6. Kristi Said on:

    Did you just use a big ole knife or a big honkin’ scissors or what?

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    • Lauren Said on:

      Scissors. I’d call them my ‘good’ scissors but I really don’t have a pair of those anymore -- what with my cutting into plastic and such.

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  7. Karla Said on:

    The tag cloud just caught my eye… I saw beverage and closet. But I mashed them together and thought you had a tag category of cleavage! Hahaha 🙂

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