Once again it had melted out of the tube. I ended up cleaning up a melted mess. Every summer I'm out there wiping up melted Chapstick. Several times every summer. I don't have the foggiest idea why this never occurred to me before...after all I have tried everything from propping it up against something to lining the area it sits in with napkins...but suddenly it hit me that I should put it into a small jar. Eureka! What an idea!
First I dug out an empty jar that I had bought with mineral makeup powder in it. I cleaned it out then turned the Chapstick tube upside down in it and microwaved it. I heated it on high for 30 second intervals until it melted out. (the lid was full too so I melted that then poured it in) I took it out of the microwave and let it cool, then simply put the lid back on.
Now the moment of truth.....I showed my husband and told him what I had done. To my surprise he thought it was a wonderful idea and even said that yes, he would use it! Yeay! I cannot believe it took me this long to come up with this. Seriously...where was my head? I can come up with solutions for lots of problems, but this time the simplest thing eluded me. *sigh* I guess it was a forest for the trees type of thing.