How to Get the Last Bit of Moisturizer Out of the Bottle

Don't waste expensive moisturizer.
Don't waste expensive moisturizer. (Image: Jupiterimages, Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

When you're using a pump bottle to store and dispense moisturizer, there is nothing more frustrating than knowing that liquid is still waiting for you at the bottom of the bottle -- but the pump won't reach the distance necessary to obtain it. Face cream and moisturizers are too costly to throw out before each last drop has been used, so squeeze your favorite face cream for everything it's worth before tossing the bottle into the abyss.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pair of sharp scissors
  • Small spatula or spoon
  • Clean empty container

Stand the bottle of moisturizer upright and carefully cut the bottle completely open with clean scissors across the widest portion of the bottle.

Use a small spatula or spoon to scrape the remaining moisturizer out of the bottom and top portion of the bottle.

Deposit the leftover moisturizer into a clean empty container -- preferably a small jar as a bottle would just reproduce the problem.

Throw away or recycle the parts of the old lotion bottle, including the dispenser pump.

Use the newly deposited leftover lotion as usual. In most cases, it will last an extra week or longer, depending on the amount of moisturizer you use daily.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another option for bottles that can't be cut is to mix some warm water with the lotion and shake it up until the contents becomes thinner and easier to remove from the bottle.
  • Be sure that all of your tools are clean to avoid contaminating the lotion.

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