Toothpicks are a pretty unassuming household tool. Could you even call them a tool? Their main job is to get food out of your teeth after dinner! Well, toothpicks have a little more up their sleeves than you might be anticipating.
These simple pieces of wood are actually the perfect solution to some classic household conundrums! You might not have expected it, but it turns out toothpicks might be the handiest tool you’ve got.
Just wait until you see all the surprising things they can do for you in the kitchen, with your gadgets, and for so many other household hacks.
1. Stripped Screw
To give your screws a brand new hold, remove the screw and break off one or both ends of a toothpick inside the hole that’s been drilled. When you put the screw back in, you’ll find the cushion of the new wood allows the screw to go firmly back in.
2. Boiling Pot
Pot boiling over? Naturally, you want to take the lid off or turn down the heat on your stove top. But if you don’t want the pot to stop boiling, what are you to do?
All you have to do is lift the pot lid and stick one toothpick inside; this will allow enough of a gap to let some steam out and stop the water from boiling over.
3. Clean Your Phone
4. Light Candles
If you don’t have a lighter on hand, you probably use a match to light candles in your home. But matches have a tendency to burn really hot and really fast — which could mean some painful burn marks for you.
Try lighting a toothpick with that match instead; the toothpick burns much slower and much less hot, so you have time to safely light candles.
5. Clean Hairbrush
6. Plug Hose Hole
Nothing is more annoying than a little leak in your garden hose. The answer is in your toothpicks! Stick a toothpick in the hole and use a hammer to really get it in there. Snap off the majority of the toothpick sticking out and wrap some duct tape around the DIY plug to fix the leak in a snap.
7. Hit Reset
8. Bake a Potato
This is the most clever hack of the bunch! If you’re like us, you love all things potatoes, especially baked potatoes. The quickest way to bake your spuds? Microwaves, of course! To make sure your potato is thoroughly cooked, stick the potato with four toothpicks to create a stand. This will help the potato cook thoroughly, even on the bottom.
9. Paint Stirrer
10. Fix Your Glasses
When a screw comes loose, you glasses will naturally fall apart. Until you can find a more permanent solution, stick a toothpick in the empty hole and trim the end. This will act as a temporary screw and allow you to see for a few days more.
What do you think of these toothpick hacks? Do you use toothpicks in a unique way? Share your ideas in the comments section below.