Aside from all the oft-repeated electricity and water saving tips, I propose to you: the tube squeezer.
If you use any kind of tubed product (art supplies, toothpaste, condiments) you may notice that the tube gets all uneven as you’re squeezing it.
Kind of annoying, because you’re probably wasting 30% of the tube once you get to the end of it.
Then you’re stuck milking the tube like a cow, which is an unappealing and thankless task.
You might even hurt your fingers in the process.
So squeeze the life out of your tubes!
There are two options to getting the most out of your product
FIRST OPTION (CHEAPEST): USE THE BACK OF A KNIFE
The cheapest option is you just use the back of a knife and you hold the tube tight, grunt and “scrape” the product all the way across to the front of the tube.
As a child, this was my task in the household. To go to everyone’s toothpaste tube and use the back of the knife to move it to the front.
I rather enjoyed it, because I liked getting the little bits in the corners.
SECOND OPTION (QUICKER): BUY A TUBE SQUEEZER
This is what I use: The Tube Wringer ($13)
This is my parents’ toothpaste tube before:
(Hard to see because they squeezed the hell out of it already, but you can see how it isn’t fat at the tube)
And here it is in action:
I hold the tube and feed it through the wringer, then I crank the black handles on the right.
30% more toothpaste near the front of the tube.
This thing gets it all.
Look how thin the back of the tube is:
You can use this on any tubed product.
It’s mostly for artists who use tubed paints and want to squeeze the most out of the tube, but it’s rather handy in the bathroom or the kitchen as well.