01 Jun The Last Drop
You could say I’m cheap. Or I’m lazy and didn’t want to go to the store. Or that I didn’t want to buy something that I was just going to have to move in two weeks (yikes! two weeks?!). I prefer “environmentally responsible.”
Whatever you call it, I believe in using every bit of what I paid for.
So when we had to re-glue the dinghy rubrail after its winter storage (the dinghy we had at the house and were selling, not the one on Barefoot Gal), I ended up cutting the tube of 4200 apart to get it all out using an old discount card. There was just enough to do the job.
Many times, when there’s a cured plug of sealant blocking the opening, the whole tube isn’t bad. If you squeeze it and it’s still soft below, you can cut it open and scrape out the good stuff. True, you can’t save any of it (quick — look around and see if there’s another project you should do with the rest) but it’s better than throwing the whole tube away.
Similarly, when dish soap, shampoo and condtioner are getting to the bottom of the bottle, I add some water and shake it up. Voilà! Enough for at least another week . . . or, I’m hoping, two. It’s thinned, so I have to use a bigger squirt, but it still works perfectly well.
We do the same thing on the boat. Not only does it save money, but we don’t have to carry as much with us to remote places.
And for things like sealant, not having to open another tube to finish a job reduces the chances that it’ll go bad before we need it the next time.
My mom always saved the “empty” catsup bottles and then when she made meatloaf, she’d add a bit of water to the bottle, shake it and use it in place of the catsup and water called for in the recipe. I do the same when making my own barbecue sauce — which calls for both catsup and mustard and a bit of water doesn’t hurt it even though not actually part of the recipe.
Got other ways for getting the last drop out of containers? Leave it in the comments!