There are more uses for dental floss than meet the eye. Dental floss is made of either nylon or Teflon, making it extremely strong. It rarely breaks, even when tasked with removing food from the tightest of spaces between teeth. Its strength, thinness and durability mean it’s not just useful for cleaning teeth, but for loads of other unusual things too.
Today we’re sharing 18 alternative uses for dental floss that you’re definitely going to find useful around the home.
Check them out!
1. Dental floss is great for sewing
Be it on holiday or elsewhere, we’ve all found ourselves with a simple sewing problem and nothing to fix it with at some point or another.
If you happen to have some dental floss hiding in your handbag or beauty case, you’re in luck!
This inconspicuous string is subtle enough to go unnoticed no matter what fabric you use it on. Its surprising strength makes it the perfect piece of kit for holding buttons in place, temporarily fixing handbag straps and even mending tents.
That’s one more reason to carry a pack wherever you go!
2. Cutting food
One of our favourite alternative uses or dental floss is for cutting birthday cake.
We have a lot of birthdays in our office, and thus, big birthday cakes make a regular appearance on our ‘Treat Table’. Now, instead of seeking out a cake knife in our cluttered, communal kitchen, we use dental floss.
It cuts seamlessly through sponge, icing and buttercream, creating perfectly even, neat slices.
Just be sure to use flavourless dental floss – unless mint-choc is what you’re after.
If you like this tip, you’ll love our other genius baking hacks too – go check them out!
3. How to fix a dripping tap using dental floss
Drip, drip, drip – it may not bother you at first, but give it half an hour and that dripping tap will drive you crazy.
Whilst dental floss can’t provide a permanent solution to the problem, it will quiet the constant dripping until you find another solution.
Best of all? It couldn’t be easier. Watch the video below to learn how to shut your tap up for good.