How to Make Flavored Toothpicks
Making your own unique flavored toothpicks is something you may not realize is doable. But believe me, it is, and at a fraction of the cost of commercial ones. It was while I was researching something else that I came upon such a product, and curiosity got the better of me.
I was amazed at the simplicity in theory. And as I am an avid toothpick fan hating to be without them, this was definitely a project to get my teeth into!
Looking at the prices I saw on one particular site, a pack of 12 flavored toothpicks costs $3. When you buy 500 plain toothpicks for under $10 on eBay, however, you start to see the difference and advantage of making your own signature sticks!
This recipe only requires wooden toothpicks and essential oils. What could be easier?
Choosing Essential Oils
Essential oils are extremely potent and are NOT all suitable for ingesting. This is as extremely important for this recipe as it is for any oral hygiene products. The oils to choose from are those that are known as ”generally recognized as safe” or GRAS.
As with all recipes including essential oils, always check that any medical conditions are not contra-indicated to particular oils. Always seek medical advice before using any new oils or using them in this form for the first time.
Every country has different rules and regulations governing the GRAS list. For example, Canadian laws do not sanction the use of ANY essential oils to be taken internally. While many essential oils are used in the flavor industry, they do so under very strict guidelines and conditions.
Oils Classified as GRAS by the American FDA
- Orange and Sweet Orange
- Tea Tree
How to Make Your Own Flavored Toothpicks
Here is the recipe for making your own flavored toothpicks.
- Wooden toothpicks
- 1–2 oz essential oil of choice
- Small glass jar with lid (The wider it is at the bottom, the more toothpicks you will fit in a single layer.)
- Paper towels
- Pair of tweezers and/or tongs
- Small container for toothpicks (Glass jar with lid preferably.)
- First, make sure your glass jar is thoroughly sterilized. Use boiling water, or a wipe with hydrogen peroxide works perfectly too.
- Add a handful of toothpicks into the jar and give them a shake to make them flat on the bottom in a single layer.
- Pour over your essential oil until it covers the sticks.
- If using a few oils, I suggest mixing them up together first in a sterilized jar, so they are well blended and then pour over.
- Screw on the lid securely and leave to infuse overnight—approximately 12 hours is what I gave them.
- When it is time to remove them from the jar, have your paper towels (two to three), tweezers and tongs (if needed) ready.
- Set out two paper towels on top of each other on the counter next to the bottle.
- Open the lid and start to remove the sticks, shaking off any excess oil into the jar before setting the sticks on the towel.
- Set the sticks out in a single layer and gently cover with another towel, pressing down gently.
- Leave like this for two to three hours until completely dry.
- When dry, you can transfer them into small jar holders or little packs for your bag, so you are never stuck!
Tips and Suggestions
- You can mix and match a few together if you feel in a creative mood. How about lemange (lemon and orange), limint (lime and peppermint) or cinnameg (cinnamon and nutmeg) for starters!
- These make fantastic gift ideas when popped into some homemade envelopes, boxes or containers—the choices are limitless.
- They make perfect additions for any food-based business, such as a restaurant, cafe, bed & breakfast or guest house.
- These are not only fun, but most essential oils have antibacterial properties, making them good for keeping the mouth healthy.
- Keep your container of essential oil for the next batch you make—don't throw it out. Screw the lid on tightly and store away marked with a label what it is for, the blend and the date.
- They're handy to have a few in work for those bad breath cases!
- Any time you have a craving for something sweet or are waiting to eat, pop one in to give you that sweet fix.
Would You Consider Making Flavored Toothpicks?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway