This was an excellent thread to find. My Pixel 2 had been getting very stubborn about charging on the Technical Lego dock I made for it after failing to find a reliable rapid charge dock. Toothpick seemed too big - maybe UK ones are different. Folded laminate nearly worked but bit too flexible to apply enough pressure, wrong kind of plastic I guess. A skinny cable tie fitted perfectly down each side of the “tongue” bit and once trimmed with scissors to give it a sharp point it lifted out loads of rubbish. I didn’t know the bottom of the port was shiny until now!