A lot of people view the toothpick as a simple, skinny piece of wood that’s good for only one thing – picking food out their teeth after a meal. Occasionally, you’ll see the slender sticks poked into cheese cubes and appetizers at a party. You probably in your wildest dreams would have never figured there are a range of home remedies using toothpicks that could be of some use to you one day.
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Toothpick Home Remedies
Wood is a common material used to make toothpicks, but plastic, bamboo, metal and even bone can also be used to make the small stick. Home remedies using toothpicks can offer you a variety of quick fixes, repair solutions and even ways to make cooking easier and faster. To get you started, you may want to browse the following suggestions:
a) Garlic Clove Marinade:
Make it easier to marinade your foods with garlic cloves by inserting a toothpick through the clove so that when you are ready to serve the food, you can easily retrieve the toothpick.
b) Cook Potato Quickly:
The next time you microwave a potato, stick four toothpicks in one side – like ‘legs’. Since the potato is suspended, it will cook much faster because the microwave will reach the bottom, top and sides all at once.
c) Keep Food in Place :
There’s nothing worse than struggling to keep sausages and hot dogs in line when cooking in a frying pan on top of the stove. Make them easier to control and turn over by inserting toothpicks between pairs. This way, you only need to turn over your food one time.
d) Don’t Lose End of Tape:
To avoid the frustration of searching for the end of a tape roll, wrap it around a toothpick when you are finished using it. The next time you need tape, it will be easy to find.
e) Clean Cracks and Crevices:
Dip a toothpick in a bit of rubbing alcohol and run it through tight spaces, like between the buttons of your phone. This trick will help get rid of dirt, grime, and cobwebs in hard-to-reach cracks or crevices.
f) Work with Sequins:
The small size of sequins only calls for a bit of glue to attach to your paper or project. Squirt a little glue on a piece of paper and dip in a toothpick in it to get just enough glue to work with sequins without the hassle or mess.
g) Repair a Droopy Plant Stem:
When the stem of your favorite plant has fallen over, you can straighten it in place by using a toothpick as support. Wrap the toothpick with tape, and then water. Keep your eye on the plant and depending on how fast it grows – the stem will become stronger on its own and you will need to remove the splint so the stem doesn’t become strangled.
h) Garden Hose Repair:
To repair a leaky garden hose, you can fix a hole by inserting a toothpick in it. Cut off the extra toothpick and the water will make the wood swell into place. This will plug the leak every time you go to use the hose.
i) Fix Loose Door Hinges :
If a door hinge comes loose, you can pack the screw holes with toothpicks as a fix. Open the door all the way and use something to prop it to a proper position. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws from the loose side of the broken hinge. Take wooden toothpicks and dip them one at the time in yellow carpenter’s glue. Insert them in the screw holes in the wood until you can no longer pack them in. Use a knife to cut the toothpicks flush with the wood and let the glue dry. You can then later go back and drive the screws into their original holes, where they will now stay snug in their proper place.
 Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 337.
 Five Minute Fixes by Reader’s Digest; pg. 97.