ConsumerWatch: New Products Help Squeeze Out The Last Drop

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Johnson's Baby Shampoo is pictured on display at a supermarket in Hong Kong on March 16, 2009. The world famous baby shampoo is a product of US health care giant Johnson & Johnson. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE (Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images)

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is pictured on display at a supermarket in Hong Kong on March 16, 2009. The world famous baby shampoo is a product of US health care giant Johnson & Johnson. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE (Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – As anyone who has ever used a pump bottle of lotion, soap or makeup has probably discovered, a lot of product gets stuck inside the container. Now, some clever inventions are helping consumers get every drop they paid for.

San Francisco product designer Thom Hayward estimates as much as 25% of lotions get left behind in pump containers.

“The viscosity will create like a vortex,” Hayward said.

It’s estimated that between two and ten percent of product gets left behind in tubes, jars and squeeze bottles.

So Hayward created mybotto, a little device that holds bottles upside down to let gravity do the work. He estimates he uses three to four fewer bottles of lotion every year thanks to the device, which can be sold with a small plastic cap to replace the pump top.

The Every-Drop makeup spatula scoops out the last bits of makeup from small containers.

It didn’t fit easily into a makeup bottle, but it was effective in removing some stuck bits of moisturizer from a small container.

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