Tuesday, July 07, 2020

plastic containers

A lot of the plastic tubed items (like toothpaste and face wash) that are sold here in Japan are made of a thick plastic.

When I get to the "end", I use this lifehack to try to use all of the toothpaste or face wash.

I take the flattened container and "puff it up" filling it with air then I hold the end opposite the opening and flap the tube up and down.

By flapping the tube up and down, the air that is in the tube, pushes the leftover soap/toothpaste down to the opening so that all of the soap/toothpaste can be used.

Hope you can view this video. (sometimes there are region restrictions on you tube videos)

Ketchup and mayo also come in similar plastic containers, so I use this method too.

The other day, as I was getting to the end of my face wash, I used this lifehack several times and only a little tiny squirt of soap came out.

So, to make sure I truly used everything up, I cut the top of the tube and used a rubber spatula to scrape whatever was in there.

It was my first time cutting the tube open and boy was I shocked that there was so much left in there!

For toothpaste, ketchup and mayo, I am going to continue to use this lifehack and for my face wash I am also going to cut it open to make sure I've used up everything.

Have you ever tried this lifehack before?


Anonymous said...

yup, do both of these hacks! It is really shocking how much is left in containers, even the kind with pumps. Some companies don't supply a long enough tube for the pump so there is a lot of shampoo or body wash at the bottom. End up unscrewing the pump and pouring some out each time, at least 5-7 more days!!!

KirkK said...

I've actually cut open toothpaste to use the stuff up Kat....

jalna said...


K and S said...

I was really shocked V! to think how much I've thrown out in the past.

Very resourceful, Kirk :)

you are welcome, Jalna :)

Take care everyone.

Jo said...

I usually cut the tube and , if necessary move the rest of the product to a small container . That way it is easy to use and does not dry up .There is always LOTS of product left in those tubes , especially the harder ones .

Rowena said...

I've not tried that particular hack, but I think it's safe to say that we were born in an era where there was 'no waste'! I know that I apply this mentality to lots of things though.

K and S said...

That is smart to move it to something smaller Jo!

Rowena, I think I've been in "no waste" mode more these days.

Take care you two.