Tubes of things (toothpaste, paint, ointment, face scrub) are easy to squeeze when they are full by laying them on the counter and pressing down on them with the palm of my hand. But when they have only a bit of product left, I find it very difficult for my arthritic fingers to squeeze that last little bit up to the top. I've used a key-like gadget that was supposed to make it easier. That key required such fine motor skills to attach, use, and remove that it caused more pain than trying to squeeze the tube! Then one day, as I was scraping the tube against everything in site, I discovered this very easy way to squeeze my toothpaste from the tube.

1. Get Rid of as Excess Air if the Tube is Stiff

A soft tube, like a toothpaste tube, has no extra air in it since it collapses as I use it. But my face scrub has a stiff tube which sucks air back in after product is squeezed out. I leave these stiffer tubes standing cap side up for a while so that all the air is at the top. Then, using the palm of my hand, I gently squeeze as much air out as possible before I close the tube. Fortunately, most of these stiff tubes are made to set cap-side down so that gravity pulls the contents to the opening and they don't require much squeezing!

2. Close the Lid Securely

I click the lid shut. The lid must be closed firmly or I will send a stream of toothpaste flying across the bathroom as it is quickly squeezed out of the tube.

3. Lay Tube Across a 90-degree Angle Countertop

I lay the tube across the edge of my bathroom countertop, which has a 90-degree edge. This doesn't work with countertop edges that are beveled or rounded. Hold each end, pressing the tube against and perpendicular to the countertop edge.

4. Pull Tube Across Edge

Starting with the closed end of the tube, I pull the tube across the edge, pushing contents of tube toward the top as I go. If the tube is really empty, I turn it over and pull across again. Neither speed nor force is necessary, since too much of either could cause the lid to pop open. In that case, I would lose some of the toothpaste.


All the product is at the end of the tube where I can now squeeze it out without pain. This works for any tube, including acrylic or watercolor paints, ointments, glue, decorative icing. Until it became painful to squeeze these, I never realized how many products come in tubes!

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