My uncle always had a toothpick hanging from his mouth. As a child, I was fascinated by it. Why? Because he could talk around it, laugh, and even sneeze without dislodging it! That toothpick stayed between his lips no matter what! I kinda wish my uncle was still alive so he could learn some of the following tips and hacks for using toothpicks while RVing. I think he’d like them!
Using toothpicks in the RV kitchen
- Cake decorating. Yes, you’ve probably used a toothpick to test a cake for “doneness.” (If you poke a toothpick into the cake and it comes out moist, the cake needs to bake longer. If the pick comes out dry, the cake is done.) But check out this tip! After you frost that birthday cake, use a toothpick to first lightly draw or write your message. That way, if you need to redo it, simply smooth the frosting and try again. Once you’re satisfied with the result, follow the toothpick line with a decorating gel pen.
- Microwave faster. Cook potatoes faster in your RV’s microwave with toothpicks. Prepare the potato as usual and then poke little toothpick “legs” for the potato to “stand” on. The tater will cook faster and more evenly. (This works for other veggies, too.)
For repairs in and around the RV
- Reattach buttons. When sewing on a button, place a toothpick between the button and the fabric. The pick will act as a shank as you sew the button on. (This allows the button to fasten easily into the buttonhole.)
- Paint scratches. The woodwork (and faux wood) in an RV can take a beating. Use a toothpick to touch up scratches in the wood trim or cabinetry. Here’s how. Find a paint or stain that matches your woodwork—or at least comes close. Apply a small amount of the paint or stain to the tip of the toothpick. The pick will allow you to paint only the scratch, and the fix should be barely noticeable.
- Wood filler. Road vibration and constant use can cause screws in door hinges or RV trim pieces to pull loose. Use toothpicks as wood filler for stripped screw holes in RV door hinges, etc. Dip the end of the toothpick into some glue. Then place the pick into the hole and break off the end. Continue until the hole is tightly filled. Then redrill the stripped hole.
- Temp fix for eyeglasses. If you lose the tiny screw that holds the temple piece to your glasses, insert the tip of a pick in the screw holes for a temporary hold.
- Clean brushes and more. A toothpick can help pull hair out of a hairbrush. Just insert the pick between the bristles and gently pull.
- A toothpick can remove food bits and dirt from your computer keyboard. It will also help remove greasy grime from other small RV crevices, too.
- Start a plant. Avocados can be reproduced—with some help from toothpicks. Poke three or four picks around the mid-section of the avocado seed. The toothpicks should be positioned to suspend the vegetable inside a drinking glass. Pour water into the glass so that the bottom third of the seed is covered. Roots will eventually emerge, and then you can transplant the avocado into garden soil.
- Test plants. Poke a toothpick into the soil of your houseplant. If it comes out covered with soil bits or wet, the plant does not need to be watered. If it comes out dry, water the plant. (This is like testing a cake for “doneness” only the opposite!)
Find your way with toothpicks
Did you know that a toothpick can help you navigate? This is cool! Hold the toothpick near an analog wristwatch so that the pick’s shadow is cast on the hour hand. Next, find the line halfway between the shadow and 12. (During daylight saving time, use 1.) That line will run north and south. Sure, you can use the compass app on your cell phone, but what if you don’t have cell coverage? Besides, don’t you agree that this is cool? Or at least quirky!