Recently I was working on a post idea about things we should stock up on in case of emergencies and the term “dental floss” kept cropping up over and over during my research. The more I learned about this versatile material, the more I realized it really deserved its own post altogether! Considering most of us have at LEAST one container of it rattling around in our bathroom drawers (and hopefully are USING it!) here is a list of ideas to make it serve double-duty!
Line Drying Clothing
If you ever need to make a quick clothesline, super-strong floss is a great choice. Just suspend the string between two stationary objects (like a shower head, hook, door knob or curtain rod) and hang your clothes to dry. Tough enough to hold even wet clothes.
Use floss like a fishing line with your fishing rod. Don’t have a rod? Use a dangling earring as hook, or a safety pin to fish. Use the dental floss box to store bait, such as earthworms, you may find.
Dental floss provides a great sturdy medium for stringing popcorn or cranberries, or whatever! Great for making Cheerios necklaces with kids too!
Ever lose one of those tiny screws that attach the earpiece to the front of the frame? As a quick fix, thread a piece of dental floss through the holes that the screw goes through. Then knot the floss, and cut off the excess. The floss will allow you to wear your glasses until you can replace the screw.
In the case of a broken lace, you can use floss to fill in until you find a real replacement. Again, it’s super-strong so it’s up to the job.
Support For Climbing Plants
Climbing plants innately reach upward, especially during summer. You can provide support to these shrubs by tying them to a wooden dowel using dental floss.
Hang Things Around The House
Take advantage of floss’s stretch and strength, and use it to hang up all sorts of things. You can suspend wind chimes, ornaments, pictures, and more.
Remove Sticky Photos
Old photos are prone to adhering themselves to the album pages. To remove them without risking damage, simply slide a piece of floss between the picture and the page. It should separate with ease.
Remove Cookies From A Tray
Same concept as before. When you don’t want to wait for you cookies to cool, but you’re afraid your still-hot cookies might crumble, you can use the floss trick to separate them from the baking sheets, and then gently slide them onto a serving plate.
Floss can act like a knife to cut fruits and cheeses, divide hard boiled eggs, cut fish from it’s skin, slice cake, and more.
Have you ever made the perfect roll of uncut cinnamon rolls only to squish them in the cutting process? Slide the dental floss around your roll and pull softly to create a perfect slice! This is something I personally do with my homemade cinnamon rolls. CLICK HERE to see my post on “Crafting The Perfect Cinnamon Roll.”
Starting A Fire
Waxed floss burns! Wrap waxed floss around a dry stick bark or a bundle of kindling, then light it like a candle.
You can seal up your luggage, or other personal possessions, by wrapping the zippers tightly with floss. This works in lieu of a zip-tie.
Fix a button, patch a hole in a bag, or any other on-the-fly job. This is great for camping, hiking, and other outdoors activities. Floss is much more durable than regular thread, so this can be a great way to reinforce coat buttons or any other buttons that are susceptible to falling off. It’s also great for repairing torn screen doors or the mesh on playpens.
Some food products like meat and bacon need to be bound when cooked. In the absence of string, unwaxed and unflavored dental floss comes in handy. Tie the food to be cooked with the dental tool and the results will be practically the same. Rest assured, it won’t burn or melt!
Quiet A Dripping Faucet
If you find yourself in a hotel room unable to sleep because the tap in the bathroom is dripping loudly, tie a piece of floss to the bottom of the faucet and guide the string down into the drain. Rather than dripping, the water will then slide right along the string and down the drain, noiselessly.
Use dental floss instead of Teflon tape, to block leaky gaps around parts that screw into place. Wind a length around the fitting’s threads half a dozen times before screwing it on.
Prevent Rope From Fraying
This is an old Boy Scout’s trick: to “whip” a rope, or prevent it from fraying, tightly loop the floss around the rope.
Cleaning Nooks & Crannies
Use floss the same way you would to clean your teeth to easily remove dust and other particles that get stuck in tight places, like between keyboard keys and the cracks found on some furniture pieces. Just tie the ends of the string to your index fingers and floss away at dust, dirt and other tiny particles wedged inside.
Filling For Cracked Wood
Cracks weaken your wooden furnishings and make them look unsightly. Put a stop to these things by using dental floss as a filler. Soak the floss in wood glue then slide it in a crack. Continue the process until the crack is filled.
Remove Stuck Rings
Wrap waxed dental floss around your finger from the tip down to the ring. The idea here is to reduce the size of your finger without cutting off the circulation. The ring will then slide over the floss so you can easily remove it.
Now that you know how many more uses there are for dental floss than just flossing…we’re going to have to come up more ways to recycle/repurpose all those little boxes! :-)
What are your favorite ways to use dental floss?