10 Uses for Chopsticks
Even if you'd rather eat with a fork, these simple wood utensils are worth saving. TOH reader Christine Dinus shares some ways she puts them to use
Who> Christine Dinus
Where> Elmira Heights, N.Y.
What> Turns Chinese takeout utensils into household helpers.
Don't have enough bamboo skewers at your barbecue? Soak chopsticks in water for 15 minutes, then use them to spear meat and veggies, and place on the grill.
Poke a chopstick into the soil near a spindly seedling to give it some needed support.
Dip a chopstick into a little glue and insert into the screw hole. Let dry, then break off the rest of the stick to create a new spot for driving in the screw.
Hold chopsticks as you would when eating to "whisk up" paint or stain before applying it.
Make the fixings for s'mores by popping a marshmallow onto the end of a chopstick and carefully holding it over
a low flame.
Use a chopstick to push a cleaning cloth into the top groove of a paint can, between air-conditioner vents, behind sink faucets, and in other narrow areas.
Free up tubes of caulk or bottles of glue by poking the narrower end of a chopstick into the gunked-up tip.
Keep chopsticks by your door, and use them to loosen dried dirt or mud from the crevices of shoe soles before stepping inside.
When tiling, use the tip of a chopstick to help clean up excess mastic that escapes into grout voids.
Create markers by stapling a plant's seed packet to a chopstick and placing it inside the pot or bed.