02 June 2011

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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LOVE it! Thanks for this tip!

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

We use them like you would a Water Pik.

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)!'

mine have ended up in my child's Medical Bag - he likes to collect real medical tools, not the fake plastic ones

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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.

My son loves pumping tools. This would be a nifty bath toy for him. I’ll clean our left over syringe later.

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.


This is a practical idea for food decorating. However, I think I'll still have to consult with my dentist if he recommends this. Thanks for the information.

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