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2X4: Chopstick Curveball! Four New Uses

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Jessica
07.05.13

Chopsticks: Good for eating Kung Pao chicken and making first dates awkward. Awesome at snaking drains. Really! Start saving this Asian delivery staple and try one of these out-of-the-takeout-box uses:

Make Popsicles. No Popsicle sticks? No problem! You can make homemade, refreshing treats with chopsticks, instead. We love this recipe from Everything Fab, because the pops can be made and enjoyed in less than 45 minutes. How’s that for a quick frozen treat? To enjoy these Popsicles, you’ll need: fresh fruit, coconut water, apple juice, honey and Dixie cups. Simply mix the ingredients together, stick a chopstick in each cup and freeze.

Snake a Drain. If you have flowing locks, drain-hair clogs are a common problem. Chemical products may promise a quick fix, but they can cause lasting damage to your pipes (and the planet), so we think that clearing hair from your drain is worth doing manually. And chopsticks can help! If your shower has a removable, strainer-like piece covering the drain, remove it. Then, gently put a clean chopstick into the drain and scrape it along the sides. When you lift the chopstick out, hair should come with it. Tip: If you’re having trouble removing all of the hair, try using a wire hanger, instead.

Measure Dry Ingredients. Baking is tough enough without having to worry about your flour-to-sugar ratio being inaccurate. Make sure your dry ingredients are precise with chopsticks! After filling a measuring cup with a dry ingredient (flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.), run a clean chopstick along the top of the cup. You’ll level off the ingredient so you know that a cup is really a cup. For more tips, check out Don’t Crowd the Oven and Other Pro Baking Tips.

Make a DIY Diffuser. Things tend to heat up in the summer. And while that’s great for your outdoor activity schedule, it can be less great for the B.O. situation in your home. What to do? Make a DIY diffuser to freshen things up! You’ll need: mineral oil, vodka, chopsticks, essential oil and a small vase. Mix ¼ cup of mineral oil with 2-3 tablespoons of vodka in your small vase. Once that’s mixed, add essential oil – you want your mixture to be 75 percent “base” and 25 percent essential oil. Then, insert your chopsticks. That’s it! Flip them once a day and enjoy the fresh scent of your choice.

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