Flossing is important, and you should do so on a daily basis. But that doesn’t mean you can only use floss for oral health reasons. There are plenty of unique situations where you are able to use floss around the house, or if you’re stuck in an odd situation. Take a look at 11 different ways you can use dental floss.
Remove a ring that’s stuck on your finger. Have you ever put on a ring and had an “uh oh” moment when you couldn’t get it off? Most people have, and it’s never a pleasant experience. Well if you really can’t get a ring off your finger, try using floss. There are a couple of techniques you may use. Such as this or this.
Line dry clothing. Most people have drying machines, but others still like the way their clothes look after hanging them up to dry. Or they are just frugal. Nevertheless, if you run out of wire for hang drying your clothes, replace it with floss. Floss is very strong and most containers have over 40 yards of floss.
Replace your shoelaces. Are your shoelaces destroyed? Maybe a dog chewed them up. If something like this happens and you don’t have any extra shoelaces, floss is a great substitute. Wear your shoes to the mall and buy and replace the floss right then and there.
Provide support for climbing plants. If you’re a gardener, you know that some plants require some help growing. Or perhaps you want a plant to grow against a wooden dowel or tree to make your garden a bit more aesthetically pleasing. If this is the case, you can use floss to provide support for the plant, and let it grow.
Decorate, or hang things around the house. There are a lot of materials needed for decorating your home during the holidays. If you run out of string for hanging ornaments, use floss. You can even hang up pictures or wind chimes with floss.
Remove stuck photos. Photo albums often go untouched for long periods of time, and that leaves them susceptible to sticking. If you have photos that are stuck together, but you don’t want to rip them off without destroying either of the two, use floss to separate them. Slide the floss between the two photos and they should separate.
Removing baked food items from a tray. Have you ever baked a sheet of cookies and had trouble removing them from the tray without falling apart? Use floss to separate the cookies, or whatever baked good you may have made, from the sheet with relative ease.
Cutting soft foods. Sometimes using a knife to cut a cake, cheese, fruits, etc. can be really difficult. If you don’t want to squish that beautiful cake with a knife, use floss. It’s a simple solution, but very effective.
Sewing. Floss is actually stronger than regular thread, which can come in handy if a button falls off when you’re out of town.
Get rid of the noise of a dripping faucet. If your faucet is leaking water, and is continuously dropping into the sink, you know how annoying it can be. Well, if you don’t want to hear that dripping noise, you can use floss to provide a temporary solution. Get a big piece of floss and tie it around the bottom of the faucet. Then leave the string hanging into the sink. The floss will guide the water down into the sink, which will get rid of the dripping noise.
Fishing line. Run out of fishing line? Dental floss is a good alternative.
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