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Consumer Reports: Packaging problems solved

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(WMC-TV) - Most of us have encountered them -- packaging problems. Fighting to get a package open. Trying to get the last drop out of a bottle that a dispenser cannot reach. Or how about having a bag that will not reseal?

Consumer Reports is listing products for you that can offer a solution.

In the kitchen, forget rummaging for a cleaner, Windex Touch-Up is designed to sit on the counter. A single tap gets you just the amount you need.

Tod Marks is Consumer Reports' packaging expert, and he has seen it all.

"How tired are you of doing this? You see there's a straw on the bottom, and there's plenty of cleaner, but nothing's coming out," he said.

Clorox Clean-Up engineers came up with a simple solution -- the "straw" goes down the side of the bottle to the very bottom, so you can reach every drop.

"Boy, do we love it when things make sense," said Marks.

And when it comes to messy medicines with missing caps, Neosporin has a better idea. Neo to Go is a neat little dispenser that delivers a single dose. And it will not make a mess in your purse.

Other packaging pluses, Olivari olive oil has a no-drip spout that keeps the oil from dripping down the side.

And Better Oats oatmeal pouches save you a step. Pour out the oats and fill to the water line. No measuring cup needed.

And good news for Fido. His food will not go stale with the package from Hills. It has a Velcro close that keeps the bag shut tight.

"Some of these products can cost more than the older version. But for added convenience, reduced waste, and reduced annoyance, can you really put a price on that?" asked Marks.

No, you cannot.

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