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Every person who has taken whey protein powder that is stored in a jug, tub, or some sort of container has come across this problem.

When you’re just about finished the container of protein powder, there’s always that little bit left over that takes forever to scoop out.

There are a few ways to get this out. You know what they say: there are many ways to skin a cat.

I have tried adding water to the container, but that ends up being a little messy. Sometimes I’ve already added all the water I need to my shaker cup, and adding any more liquids is not possible unless I drink some of it first. And if I want to save the container for later use, I would need to wash it right away, or else it ends up stinking like crap later.

I’ve also tried using a smaller spoon to try to scoop out the remaining whey protein. It works for a few seconds, then it becomes just as frustrating as using the regular protein scooper, but on a smaller scale.

There are probably many other ways (some people have recommended snorting it, but I don't think this is a good idea), but the "upside down container" method I’m about to explain is by far my favorite.

Here’s what you do:

1. Scoop out as much whey protein as you can with the scooper. You’ll be left with this familiar sight:

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When it comes to a point where you’ve had enough scooping, screw the lid back on and turn it upside down while keeping it in your hands.

2. Then, give it a shake.

3. Next, “flick” with your fingers to hit the sides of the container. You want to do this a few times on multiple areas of the container to try to dislodge any particles of whey protein that’s clinging to the insides of the jug.

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4. Now, place the container upside down on the table and let it sit for a moment to allow the protein powder to settle.

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5. Unscrew the lid carefully from the bottom, and you should find that most of the leftover whey protein powder has fallen into the lid!

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6. There will still be a little whey protein inside of the container, so give it a few more finger flicks to knock it out. Make sure you aim the mouth of the jug towards the lid.

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7. Now, all you need to do is take this lid with leftover whey protein powder and dump it into your shaker bottle.

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This is what you’ll see inside the container after all is said and done:

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There’s still a bit of whey protein powder left over. You can choose to do whatever you want with it (add water and drink a super diluted whey protein “shake”, run your hand inside the container and lick it off your fingers, etc.).

Personally I just leave it. Most of the time.

I save most of my containers for later use, in case I end up ordering a giant bag of whey protein in the future.