SOS Mom Saver: Alternative Uses for Dental Floss

WARNING!! WARNING!!  If you are a dentist, a dental hygenist, a dental technician, play one of the aforementioned on TV, or dream of being one of the aforementioned professionals, you probably don't want to read further.  Don't say I didn't warn you!

I fully and readily admit that I don't floss at all as the dentist recommends.  I know.  I'm a horrible person.  I completely and totally understand if you'll now never want to read my blog again.  Don't mind me.  I'll be the blogger crying in the corner because she drove all of her readers away with her stark confession.

Since I no longer have any readers I guess now is a good time to mention that I'll be giving away a million dollars to the first reader to publicly admit that they're still reading.  Of course it's a million dollars in Monopoly money, but who's counting?  Especially now that I've admitted that I don't floss.  At all.

However, I'm a super-couponer and as such have a ton of dental floss that I got for free.  So...what do I do with dental floss if I don't floss my teeth?  (I'm told I can't say or even insinuate that my family members also don't floss their teeth either.  At all.  So I won't.  Ahem.)

Yes.  I know.  We're horrible people.  This is why I told the dentists & other dental-type people to stop reading.  Oh come on!  I know I'm not alone!  There are others of you out there.  (Many who can't believe I actually said this "out loud".  It's called "shame", people.  And I have none.)

But I digress...

Where was I?  Oh yes.  What to do with dental floss that seems to have no "proper" use in our house.

Did you know that in a pinch, you could actually SEW with dental floss.  Well you can.  I've not yet tried it, but I intend to.  The next time someone looses a button in my house, I shall sew it back on with dental floss.  That way, we'll have the appearance of minty-freshness.  Only it will be our clothes that will be minty fresh; not our teeth.  And believe it or not, this is thought to be stronger than thread.  It even works for repairing a tear in a play pen, a backpack, or an outdoor umbrella because it's stronger than your basic thread.

My best find so far, though, is using dental floss to cut soft cheese, a hot cake, or cheesecake.  Seriously.  It works, and does so much more cleaning & precisely than a knife.

Have a cookie or two that is just stuck to your pan & won't come off?  Use dental floss.  Slide it right under the cookie.  It will loosen it without damaging the cookie like a spatula would.

My girls' favorite use?  As string for necklaces.  MUCH cheaper than "actual" jewelry string, but honestly, doesn't look or feel much different.

Have you ever used dental floss for other than it's intended purpose?


Unknown said...

Well, I use dental to ... floss my teeth!

I have also used it to slice cheese, but haven't used it for too many other things.

Melissa said...

Oh - the horror. Wait - we don't floss either. Unless every 6 months, the morning of my teeth cleaning counts!
Hmmmm... I like the necklace threading idea. My kiddos are into beads right now, that would be a good use for it.

Mikki said...

LOL, me too. I very rarely floss, usually only if there's something stuck in my teeth. I definitely like the beading idea!
I heard you on the radio station yesterday (SOS), and had to pop over to your blog for a visit. I'm sure I'll be back!