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squeezy tube

I use shaving cream that comes in tubes like above.

It is very convenient and a great product that I've used for about 10 years or more.

However, the nature of the nozzle end means that around 5-10% of the product remains in this area after most is used-up. This is enough for me to use for around 6 weeks of shaving.

As a result, I now have 3 tubes in the state above waiting for me to excise the remnants from the tube in some clever way. I still don't have a clever way.

The only thing I tried once was to cut the end of the tube off. I was able to get at the product then - but still with some difficulty. However, since the cream contains certain oils, they all evaporated from the open tube, leaving the cream unusable after about a week.

Any ideas how I can easily use this residual cream from these 3 tubes?

EDIT: The white "cap" does not unscrew but can be forced to pop off. Underneath there is a nozzle with a flange. Getting the cap back over the flange is very difficult but not impossible. Without the cap, the nozzle CAN be persuaded to give-up 1 or 2 more doses of the product, but you can't leave the cap off and it's too much work to keep putting it on/off for every shave.

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A simple tube squeezer should do the trick, making your solution cheap and almost permanent since they're generally made out of durable and sturdy plastic.

You can find them almost everywhere.

image of tube squeezer in action

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    +1 for informing people about tube squeezers. BUT, personally, I've never needed one because I always achieve the same result by stretching the tube over a sharp angle - like the windowsill or the edge of the sink. Unfortunately, neither way will work to get to the bottom of his tube because the tube wall is too stiff to close together around the region of the cap. There remains a prism-shaped area that cannot be squeezed together. – Lefty Jan 6 '16 at 15:54
  • Oh! I understand the issue now!! – Just Do It Jan 6 '16 at 16:03
  • Not your fault, I didn't make it at all clear. – Lefty Jan 6 '16 at 16:05
  • This is a very useful stuff for toothpaste, shaving gel tubes, face wash tubes and similar such. Thanks for sharing +1 – GC 13 Jan 7 '16 at 17:09
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Wait till you have several almost empty tubes. Then cut the tail-end off of one of them. Cut the others nearer to the nozzle. Scoop the remaining product out of these tubes and put it into the one with the cut tail-end. Crimp the end of the nearly full tube, folding it over several times & using pliers to set the crimp. Use the product & when it's almost empty, repeat the process. With some plastic tubes which are hard to crimp, I attach a tube key (search "tube key" on google) which securely holds it closed.

  • +1 for the tube key to hold the refilled tube tail closed. – Zeiss Ikon Oct 30 '16 at 22:24
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For the last bit of toothpaste in a tube, I have often resorted to pliers. I bend the flattened tube to one side, put one face of the pliers on the "face" of the cap, and the other face of the pliers on the bent-over flattened tube. Then I just squeeze, and more toothpaste comes out. (Obviously the plier face doesn't cover the hole in the cap. It's positioned next to the hole.)

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    Nice idea. The main downside is that I will literally take 4 to 6 weeks using the residual product - and that means I'll need the pliers in the bathroom the whole time. I think a divorce may be too high a price to pay! However, I'm thinking that I MIGHT try this technique with all 3 tubes in one go and empty what I can into a canister with a lid. – Lefty Jan 6 '16 at 23:30
  • @Lefty If you're going to save it in a canister anyway, wouldn't cutting the tube be easier? – Carl Jan 7 '16 at 1:57
  • @Carl Yes, probably! I realised that after I put the comment. – Lefty Jan 9 '16 at 8:42
  • @Lefty I hope you aren't seriously worried about being divorced for leaving pliers in the bathroom. – TylerH Jan 12 '16 at 15:21
  • @TylerH No, of course not! She's lucky to have me :) – Lefty Jan 12 '16 at 17:50
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With tubes such as the one in your photo, I just switch hands when the tube stops dispensing. That is, if I normally squeeze a tube with my right hand, then I switch to my left hand when I can't squeeze out any more of its contents. This technique probably doesn't ensure that I use up every last drop in the tube, but I can often delay buying a replacement for a week or two.

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One alternate solution not related to using different squeeze alternatives, is to cut open the end of the tube, and insert something else to use as a piston.

That is, you could use some cotton or possible some plastic inserted into the end, and when this is made into a ball (or sort of piston), this can be used to drive everything else forward in the tube and out of the opening.

  • an interesting out-of-the-box idea, will definitely keep this in the arsenal! – Lefty Jan 9 '16 at 8:46
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If you don't want to have a dedicated tool lying around for the job you can do what I've always done:

  1. Hold the end of the tube with your right hand.
  2. Hold the open side of the tube with your left hand.
  3. Place your right hand with the end of the tube right below the edge of your toilet sink.
  4. Strongly press down on the tube and slide it down until your toothpaste (or whatever it is) is conveniently concentrated near the open side of the tube.
  5. Profit.
  • This is a great technique for toothpaste tubes and one I use all the time. My comment to JustDoIt's answer is an attempt to describe the idea in a few words. Unfortunately, it doesn't work well with this tube, the wall material is too stiff and the end will not deform enough to make the cream leave the nozzle. – Lefty Jan 6 '16 at 22:47
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for toothpaste tube and shaving cream from a tube...I would use a pair of scissors and cut the end of the tube and go from there. you can cut a little bit more each time until you reach the top of the tube. Hope this helps.

  • From the question: The only thing I tried once was to cut the end of the tube off. I was able to get at the product then - but still with some difficulty. However, since the cream contains certain oils, they all evaporated from the open tube, leaving the cream unusable after about a week. Sadly cutting the tube -although it works- is not an option for OP – Just Do It Jan 8 '16 at 22:40
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Step 1: Ensure you have all the product squeezed into the "forbidden" part of the tube.

Step 2: Fold the empty tail in half, then in half again, and again -- you might, with a very thin tube, get a fourth fold, but at the end of this, the empty part of the tube should be very short and very tightly folded.

Step 3: Hold the folded empty tail with a chip clip or similar device. Steps 2 and 3 are to prevent product returning to the empty tail of the tube during step 4.

Step 4: Hold the tube nozzle between two fingers on your stronger hand, and push your thumb into the flattened part of the tube material. You should fairly easily be able to squeeze more product out of the nozzle -- and do this several times.

I've used this technique at work to get the last 3-4 tablespoons of grease out of a squeeze tube before discarding it and getting another; if you have strong enough hands, it works very well, but there will always be a small amount of product you can't extract, short of cutting open the tube and removing it with a spoon-like tool. Another answer suggests combining the leftover contents of multiple tubes into a single one, cut right at the tail; you might then be able to heat-seal the tail of the refilled tube with a soldering iron or hot glue gun tip. This is still an option after using the "thumb and fingers" extraction method above. This method could also be used to load a large syringe with a cap in place of a needle (these are sold in hobby shops to apply glue, or in machinist hobby suppliers for grease).

Another option might be to search for another product equivalent to this one, but packaged to reduce waste -- for instance, in a tube with a softer top, or even in a (recyclable, we hope) metallic tube, where you can crush the top of the tube to recover the last of the product.

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