Introduction: 7 Incredible Toothpick Life Hacks

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Here are some fun unusual uses for toothpicks when you're not using them on your teeth!

Step 1: Chopsticks Expert

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Do chopsticks feel awkward for you to hold? Now with a simple use of a toothpick and a rubber band, you can become the chopsticks expert!

Unwrap your chopsticks, grab a rubber band, and a toothpick. Hold the ends of the chopsticks together and wrap a rubber band around them tight. Insert a single toothpick between the chopsticks. All you have to do is squeeze your fingers together and there's no need to worry about the chopsticks moving around on you. You are now the chopsticks expert!

Step 2: Clutch Q-Tip

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After cleaning your teeth you can clean your ears!

Grab a single toothpick and break one end off. Tear off a small portion of a cotton swab. Stretch out the piece of swab and slowly begin to wrap the toothpick on the end that is broken off. Now when you need just one q-tip and you're all out, you can make your own in a clutch situation!

Step 3: Finger Saving Light

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Have you ever found yourself trying to light a candle that is hard to reach and end up burning your finger? Those nightmare situations are finally over!

A match is too short, a lighter is guaranteed to burn your thumb, but a toothpick will actually burn slower and have a smaller flame. Your fingers will thank you!

Step 4: Eat Your Lunch

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Lunch time is here and you made some noodles. Come to find out you forgot your fork!

A knife won't work, a spoon won't work, but four toothpicks will! We used popsicle stick but you can you anything you can wrap toothpicks around. Using a rubber band secure the toothpicks to your object. You can clock out and eat your lunch now and you won't go hungry!

Step 5: Toothpick Screw Holder

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Sometimes in our lives we come across a hole that is just a little to big for a screw to catch. Add some toothpicks into the hole, the more the merrier. Once you start drilling your screw in, the toothpicks will break down and fill the empty gaps. Your screw will now be secured!

Step 6: Toothpick Wood Filler

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Another scenario would be to just cover up the hole. Grab some toothpicks and fill the hole as much as possible. With a chainsaw or a small saw, cut any toothpicks that are sticking out. You can even sand them afterwards to give it a smooth surface!

Note: A chainsaw may be over doing it!

Step 7: Never Lose Your Spot Again

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Sometime in our hectic schedules we forget the page we were on in our favorite books. So long to those aggravating page turing lost feeling! Have a single toothpick with you and when the time comes to put your book away, insert the toothpick between the pages. Next time you come back you can instantly get back to your favorite book and never lose your spot again!

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bruno4good (author)2017-08-06

I'd like to contribute with another idea. Using toothpicks to open a wine bottle:
The idea is to insert toothpicks between the glass and the cork so the cork could slide out easily.
Start by inserting a toothpick between the bottleneck and the cork. Push it down about two thirds of its length, leaving about one third of the toothpick outside.
Imagining the top of the cork being like the display of an analog clock, the first toothpick is inserted at 12 o'clock.
Insert the second one at 6 o'clock, the third at 9, the fourth at 3.
Than, insert more toothpicks at 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, and 10:30.
In most cases you should be able to grab the toothpicks and pull the cork out at this point. If not, keep inserting more toothpicks in between the other ones until the cork is loose.
Drink responsibly.

ReelHeat (author)bruno4good2017-08-07

I'm all about pattern so some footage with a bunch of toothpicks surrounding a cork would look awesome!

jordispielberg (author)2017-07-27

I've been using toothpicks to fit a broken ethernet cable when connecting it to my computer or the internet box. It fix the problem when you don't have a ethernet cable with "the plastic clamp" on it. You only have to insert the ethernet cable in the ethernet connection slot and then insert a toothpick to avoid the ethernet cable disconnecting. Sorry for my English.

ReelHeat (author)jordispielberg2017-07-28

Fully understand what you are saying. I'll keep that in mind!

zzzzzzzzzzzzz (author)2017-07-27

Some good ideas. However using a toothpick to clean ears is highly NOT recommended since, as Q-tips, it pushes inwards dust and dirt into the ear and might end up in severe ear infections. Ask your ENT specialist :)

ReelHeat (author)zzzzzzzzzzzzz2017-07-28

I agree, you want to stick anything pointy in your ears. This is a clutch situation when everything else fails.

steynvdw (author)zzzzzzzzzzzzz2017-07-27

Yes. Sometimes Q-tips are mistakenly called Ear-buds.

TJLee089 (author)2017-07-27

I use Step 5: Toothpick Screw Holder constantly to repair stripped wood screws in my RV. Even better: add a dab of glue to the end of the toothpick bundle before inserting into the hole. The screw and toothpicks will be even more secure.

ReelHeat (author)TJLee0892017-07-28

Glue for some extra secureness, absolutely!

RobertA2 (author)2017-07-27

My friend cannot master the use of Chop Sticks, now he will be able to use them. Thanks.

ReelHeat (author)RobertA22017-07-28

Some people won't go to a sushi restaurant because they can't use chopsticks and don't want to be the only one using a fork. May your friend fill their stomach with plenty of goodness.

Ferntoe (author)2017-07-11

Some great ideas! I love the toothpick in book. Not only do you save your place, but you don't ruin the book binding with a bulky object!

ReelHeat (author)Ferntoe2017-07-28

You can use a rubber band too, although you run the chance of catching a page and bending it if you are in a hurry.

DavidK579 (author)2017-07-27

What about toothpick & pea tinkertoys? Soak the peas for several hours, then connect toothpicks with softened pea joiners. When the peas dry out, you have rigid sculptures

bunnydeath (author)2017-07-27

Nice article. Reminds me of my using toothpicks to tighten loose (rattling) kitchen cabinet door insets. Open a loose cabinet door, insert toothpick(s) into any loose gaps as far as you can by hand, then break toothpick(s) off. Works great on glass insets as well. Also works on furniture with rattling glass door insets.

I always keep a supply of toothpicks and wooden chopsticks...there are just too many great uses for these around the house.

tangotut (author)2017-07-27

A bookmark? Do what everyone else does. Put a piece of paper on the page you are reading. Junk mail works fine and we all have plenty of that. Do what I do. MAKE a bookmark! A piece of heavy paper, an inch and a half wide by about five inches long. Draw a design on it or press clover (etc.) and attach it with clear packing tape!

brandg (author)2017-07-27

I think a better solution to the candle problem is to rotate the candle 90 degrees so that your fingers never come into contact with the flame.

I really like the carpentry tips though!

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