How to get More out of your Products


With everything I purchase, I want to use every last drop.

Why not?  I paid for it.

I almost see it as a challenge when manufacturers put their products into ridiculous-shaped jars  [ you know, the type that usually contains some kind of spread for your bread or toast ]  where it is almost impossible to get your knife or spoon around the shoulder to get those last bits.

Here are a few of my methods for outsmarting the packaging:


Glass jars:

It will depend on what your jar contains – but usually a few seconds in the microwave with a few drops water can dislodge the contents.

Sometimes it is just easier to add water to the contents of the jar to combine into a meal.  Just check the jar is microwavable.

For example:

  • Peanut Butter with around ½ cup of water, zapped in the microwave for a few seconds before making into a Satay Sauce;  If the jar is plastic, run a piece of sliced apple around the rim and use the peanut butter as a dip.   It’s awesome!
  • Yeast Spreads  [ aka Marmite, Promite or Vegemite ]  added to darken a gravy mixture
  • Jam [ aka Jelly ] add to a sweet dipping sauce or to sweeten a homemade salad dressing
  • Nutella:   if you want to give extra body to your hot chocolate or chocolate icing
  • Pesto remnants:  add some cider or grape vinegar and shake vigorously to make a quick salad dressing


I used to hate it when I had used my favourite coloured lipstick down to the rim.  To solve this, I use a lip brush to access the very last remnant of lipstick in the tube.



So, you get to the end of your tube of Hand cream; Foundation or Toothpaste  [ or anything else you have purchased in a tube ] and you think you have used it all up…

Well, in fact you still have around 2 weeks’ product stuck inside.  It coats the inside of the tube and is difficult  [ if not impossible ]  to get out the regular way.

Get your scissors, cut the end off the tube and look inside.  More than you thought, right?

Grab a clean spoon, spatula or even a paddle pop/popsicle stick and scoop the remainder out as required. I reseal mine after each use with two clothes pegs but you could use foldback clips. Better still, if you have a heat resealer, you could reseal it each time you use it and cut off the end each time making it easier to get every last drop of product out.

What do you do, to maximise your purchase value?

If you enjoyed this, you will probably want to read How to Get More than you Paid for


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2 comments on “How to get More out of your Products
  1. lizard100 says:

    Our best satay recipe involves coconut milk and pineapple juice and peanut butter so you could use that for cleaning out that annoying jar. Great tips!


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