Reuse oral syringes in the kitchen

Amazon: Watts - 2 Large Syringe Oral Irrigators with Tapered Deep Reach Tips for Crowns, Bridges, Oral Pockets and More Colin (@g11tch) tweeted me with this clever foodie hack:

Wondering what to do with old children's oral syringes? Use them in the kitchen for transferring hot sauce, decorating cupcakes, spreading BBQ sauce onto chicken…

What? You don't have oral syringes sitting around the house? We have one left over from some dental procedure that called for targeted rinsing, and we now use it as a bath toy.

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  1. Melanie says

    I would just say that using a plastic syringe to transfer anything hot is asking for trouble, they’re probably not meant to deal with extreme heat, not to mention the general “plastic” issues with heat & plastic. But great idea to use for decorating cake/cupcakes, bath toys, etc!

  2. Cary says

    We use them for making special pancakes – heart shapes, flower shapes, the kids’ names on their birthdays, etc. Fun!

  3. Susan says

    we once used them to inject Nutella into homemade donut holes… i was definitely a “cool mom” for that one!

  4. LauraK says

    My 5yo daughter uses them to drip water onto a marker masterpiece, turning it into a watercolor.

  5. Stacy says

    Along the lines of the bath toy, it has been a popular addition to our water table.

  6. Nikki says

    Some of mine have ended up in my child’s Medical Bag – he likes to collect real medical tools, not the fake plastic ones they market for children.

  7. says

    Well, it’s my second try with this comment,let’s hope it works now: ‘I use them to spray a medication in my dog’s mouth – definitely easier than with a spoon (sometimes wonder if the manufacturers of the vet drugs ever tried spooning a bad tasting drug down a pet’s throat)!’

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  9. says

    I rather use the oral syringe as a bath toy than using it to transfer sauces. Sauce bottles are not that expensive. I’m afraid that left over liquid in the syringe is still there after cleaning unless I’m good as a nurse who knows how to perfectly cleanse a syringe. So I will use it as a bath toy than a sauce syringe for food.

  10. says

    I kept the entire oral syringe I used for my kids medicine. I was about to throw it all away because I don’t know what to do, but while I am surfing the internet yesterday I saw your post and tried the idea. My kids love playing with the entire syringe I kept while taking a bath. I decorated the syringes by using different colors of tints.