do you boil used toothpicks just to save money?
April 1, 2013 7:49am CST
A friend of mine almost had a heart attack when she chanced to open the pot her mother was using to cook "something". She got curious as to what her mom was cooking when it was already past lunch. She was shocked to find used toothpicks in the pot. My friend lost her mind and shouted at her mom, "You mean you'd been keeping all the used toothpicks the whole time?" The mother said it's such a waste to throw them away so she just put them in one container so she could recycle by boiling them. That way, the toothpicks will be clean again. The daughter explained to the mother that the box of toothpick is very cheap while a tank of gasul costs a lot. She was really fuming with anger and she ordered her mother to throw everything away and never to keep used toothpicks again. Would you go to the extent of keeping and boiling used toothpicks just to save? Or would you use such a toothpick that's been used but already cleaned by boiling?
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• United States
1 Apr 13
This is my first time to hear that a person boiled a toothpick aha! It is kinda a good way to recycle but I dont think I will do that. hehe. Plus its just me and my hubby so we dont really use a lot of totthpick hehe.
1 Apr 13
Hi Cutie Well I know it is hard times for many but this seems to be a bit extreme. It really grosses me out to think if you went to her place for supper and wanted a tooth pick oh I do not want to even think of it all I have to say about this is "YUK YUK AND MORE YUK YUK!
• United Kingdom
1 Apr 13
OMG I have never heard of that before! It would actually cost her more to heat the toothpicks than it would to buy them fresh, and really, would you honestly want to use a toothpick that someone else might have used, regardless of whether it's clean or not? The thought alone would put me off for sure.
14 Apr 13
Used toothpicks??? I can imagine what transpired between your friend and his / her mother. It's definitely a no, no! That's very unhygienic! I can't blame the mother though because they are always after "saving money for future use" but your friend should explain that there are things worth saving and worth throwing. Your friend should better check the house if there's something more worth finding.
5 Apr 13
Hi cutie18f, This is the first time I hear of people reusing used toothpicks. I would not do it as it is indeed penny wise and pound foolish as it probably costs more to boil used toothpicks than buying new ones not to say the extra effort and work needed to make them clean enough to be reused. Anyway, different strokes for different folks. Whatever makes her happy I guess it's OK. Have a nice day.
4 Apr 13
You must be joking or your friend's mother, here. In the first place, where did she get all those used toothpicks? Trash bins? Roadside? Some food stall's trash? I'd stop here before my system starts to reject my morning's breakfast. I do not know where she got this idea but she has got to be educated with whatever is present in today's world of illnesses. I hope the recycled toothpicks aren't from the streets or your friend's family health will be in great risks to diseases. Just do not know what have they or might have contracted and I'd highly recommend a health check for the entire family as a precaution here. Your friend's mother being of age cannot be told plainly, because of their age the need of education is more relevant or they will not easily accept what is being told and more so, coming from a younger generation. Otherwise, she will be repeating this behind her back and who knows what she might do next. If she's money conscious then ask her to consider the cost of a pack of toothpicks to a doctor's consultation fee or hospitalization. I am more concern on getting the message through on being penny wise, pound foolish here.
4 Apr 13
I think she got kept the toothpicks they are using in the house. I don't think she went to the extent of gathering toothpicks everywhere. I hate to think that. They're a family of toothpick users so just gathered and kept the used ones to be boiled and reused later. The daughter only found out about it by accident one day.
3 Apr 13
my mother likes to save the plastic spoons, forks, knives, cups and styro. i mean she'll wash them and put them away to be reused, but frankly, we seldom do because someone here who has no patience looking for them would rather buy new stock. thank god she doesn't wash the paper plates too!
2 Apr 13
Oh my shocking news ! Oh can't imagine using a used toothpick ! It is so yaky then , though its boiled . It was already being placed in ones mouth . It was used to get dirt from ones mouth , so just to think of it , its really very dirty ! We can't blamed a daughter screaming in anger , because its really shocking and to think toothpick is very cheap , a bottle of coke is more expensive than a box of toothpick.It is a disposable then , so trash after using . Somethings can't be recycled especially personal things.