Everyone knows what dental floss is used for, but if you’re living a frugal lifestyle you know that it does so much more. This thin little string can do some stuff that will make life a little easier.
Currently I have over 20 packages of dental floss sitting in my cupboard. A couple of weeks ago that number was over 50, but I donated some for a Haiti’s mission trip. Although dental hygiene is important to me, it’s going to take forever before we use it all. That’s what made me think, hmmmmmm, I wonder if there are any frugal living tips for using dental floss.
As always, when doing this series, I sent the call out to family and friends to see if they had any ingenious ways to use dental floss and of course they came up with a great list of uses. I especially like the one for the dripping faucet.
**In case you were wondering how I ended up with so many packages of dental floss, it was couponing gone wild. All of the packages were free!
- Bread – for a clean cut, use dental floss.
- Cake – to make clean slices, hold the dental floss taut and cut through the cake. Slide the floss out and wipe it off before making your second cut.
- Cheese – to cut, use dental floss.
- Cookies – to remove hot cookies from the pan and keeping them from crumbling, hold a piece of dental floss taut and slide it between the cookies and the pan.
- Buttons – to attach, use dental floss instead of thread.
- Faucet – to temporarily quiet a drip, tie a piece of dental floss to the spout. The water will slide down the dental floss quieting the drip.
- Fishing – to make your own fishing line, tie a hook on the end of some dental floss and tie the opposite end to a stick or small branch.
- Packages – to secure, use dental floss instead of twine.
- Pictures – to hang, use dental floss instead of braided wire.
- Photos – to remove from albums without damaging them, holding a piece of dental floss taut slide it between the picture and the page.
- Plants – to support climbing plants, make a trellis by tying dental floss in a ladder pattern.
- Rings – to remove, wrap your finger with dental floss starting at the top of your finger and working down to the ring. Then slide off the ring.
- Rope – to keep it from fraying, wrap the ends with dental floss.
- Screws – to tighten, wrap dental floss around the threads before replacing.
- Popcorn Garland – use dental floss instead of string, it’s stronger and is less likely to break. Plus, waxed floss slips through the popcorn a little easier.
Can you think of any other ways to use Dental Floss?
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* If, by some small miracle, you worked at Amway in Ada, MI in the 1980’s and were the person my mother loaned the notebook to, please Contact Me. The notebook is a small (aprox. 6″x9″) black leather, 3-ring binder, and contains hand drawn patterns (teddy bear), recipes and household tips and tricks. It would mean so much to my family to have it back.