do you boil used toothpicks just to save money?

@Cutie18f (9563)
Philippines
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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34 responses
• 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.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Apr 13
blue butterfly and I bet when it came down to it those boiled toothpicks were not all that clean or sanitary either,I would not want to use one. lol
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
My friend hated the thought that she might have used one of these recycled toothpicks.
• Canada
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!
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
Wait. Let me think. I have eaten in their house! I might have used one of those!
• United States
1 Apr 13
I have never boiled toothpicks before. The few times I have, I've used them once and thrown them away. But then, I rarely use toothpicks anyway. So I guess it works out for me lol.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
So did you really do it once, Darth?
@wolfie34 (26793)
• 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.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
1 Apr 13
I agree with you Wolfie. The thought that somebody else had used it to pick scrap food between the teeth--that is disgusting.
@franne32 (695)
• Philippines
1 Apr 13
I think when it comes to personal hygiene, I will not recommend re-using disposable toothpicks or such items. That is why they are disposable because they have to be disposed of after usage.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
1 Apr 13
That is why. I don't know what went inside the mind of my friend's mom.
@emily7339 (1339)
• Malaysia
1 Apr 13
This is the first time I hear people boiling toothpicks for reused just to save cost. I believe the overall effort to boil the toothpicks will be more expensive than to buy a new box. And I would not want to have used toothpicks.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
1 Apr 13
It is unthinkable to do that because a box of toothpick is actually very cheap. I don't know what came into the head of her mother who was already around 70 years old at that time.
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@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
2 Apr 13
This has to do more with the state of mental health of the lady than with a way ofspending less money. I understand you friend and of course I find the whole idea vry grosse.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
That is what the daughter thinks. She thinks her mother is losing it.
@marguicha (102194)
• Chile
9 Apr 13
I think her mother lost it
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
A box of toothpick would not cost so much that throwing it away would be the least on my mind. I have never known anybody who has done the same.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
I would directly break and throw any toothpick I use. That way, nobody will think of recycling it.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
3 Apr 13
Exactly! Funny, but I thought I just heard someone just said those words in front of my face...
1 Apr 13
Sounds nasty. Like boiling floss. But more power to her. A penny saved is a penny earned. If she starts reusing toilet paper, shes got a problem.
• Canada
1 Apr 13
Hey Max that is a good one ya the old toilet paper savings hey you could ask guests if they wouldn't mind bringing their own start a new trend.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
I wonder what she would do to recycle toilet paper. That, she could not boil.
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
1 Apr 13
wow never ever heard of anyone doing that. Ive heard of many frugal things but not that one.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
Extremely funny, really.
• Mexico
2 Apr 13
I thought it was as well. Have a great tueday there.
@Hugsy25 (274)
• Canada
1 Apr 13
I don't think I would use them, but makes me wonder if her mother might of grown up in a poor family where keeping and reusing things was normal.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
1 Apr 13
I think her mother comes from a very landed family, but the mother of her mother was a very frugal woman.
@Hugsy25 (274)
• Canada
1 Apr 13
That could be where she gets it from
@leateagee (3667)
• China
14 Apr 13
. That's insane. Very bad. Well I would shout also. I would rather save on other things except anything that I put in my mouth. Sorry to say but what was she thinking?
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
14 Apr 13
She must be insane.
@anneshirley (1517)
• Philippines
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.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
14 Apr 13
You are so right, Anne. Mothers think they are the experts when it comes to saving money for the future.
@succeednow (1636)
• Singapore
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.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
5 Apr 13
Hi Succeed! She probably thought she was right.
@artemeis (4070)
• China
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.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
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.
• South Africa
3 Apr 13
Lol , this would be counter productive. There better ways to save money..... And i don't use tooth picks they just break and get stuck in your teeth. I just use floss or a plastic tooth pick.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
4 Apr 13
Some people have weird ways Xtreme and this woman beat us all.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
3 Apr 13
I've known some cheap people, but cleaning and reusing toothpicks takes the cake.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
3 Apr 13
@hereandthere (32786)
• Philippines
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!
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
3 Apr 13
I realized that too. I used to keep these plastic spoons and forks but they only accumulate without being used.
@GDTimothy (446)
• United States
2 Apr 13
I agree with the daughter! I think it would cost a lot more to boil toothpicks than to buy fresh, clean toothpicks when you need them.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
It is true but the mother did it anyway. It's nuts.
@Angelpink (4022)
• Philippines
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.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
I agree with you but we can never understand the thinking of other people.