Eight Frugal Uses for Dental Floss

Photo courtesy of Saving For Someday.

The following is a guest post by Sara Hawkins from Saving For Someday.

Over the past several months, I know you all have taken advantage of all those hot deals for dental floss. Of course we all know how important it is to floss daily, which is why we have stocked up. But did you know there are other great uses for all that dental floss?

1. Remove stuck on cookies or appetizers – rather than fight to get the stuck-on food off the baking tray, grab a piece of dental floss and slide it right under those tasty foods and loosen them right up. No more crumbly food!

2. Secure buttons – even though it’s supposed to be spring, it’s still coat weather in many parts of the country. If you have coat buttons that won’t stay put, use dental floss instead of thread. It’s thicker and stronger and will keep that button in place.

3. Tie up the garden climbers – don’t have string to tie up your climbing plants in the garden? Grab some dental floss to secure the plants. It’s delicate enough not to damage the plants. And if you have mint, it will help to keep some of the bugs away too!

4. Kitchen helper – dental floss held taut between your index fingers is a perfect slicer for boiled eggs, soft cheese, jell-o or cake. No need for a knife. And no mess!

5. Quick craft for the kids – doesn’t it seem like all the bead craft kits come with a lot of beads but only enough string for one necklace? Dental floss to the rescue! It’s easy for little hands to use. And if you have waxed floss it’s hours of fun, or at least a few extra minutes for Mom.

6. Travel helper – broken shoelaces, ponytail holder or luggage repair. Don’t’ stress while on the road. Break out the dental floss to substitute for a broken shoelace. Pull your hair back and wrap dental floss to make a ponytail. If the handle on your luggage breaks or you need a quick lock, dental floss to the rescue for a quick fix.

7. Holiday decorating – use dental floss to make popcorn garland, hang ornaments or tie back garlands. Use the mint green to blend in better.

8. Hang pictures – rather than use braided wire to hang a photo and risk marking up your walls, string the dental floss in place of the wire. Easy hanging and clean walls too.

So next time you’re wondering if you really need more dental floss, grab some. It’s not just for dental health anymore!

Do you have any unique ways to use dental floss? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Sara Hawkins is the author of Saving For Someday, a blog about frugal living, achieving dreams and ways to do those things we put off until ‘someday’. She grew up learning from her grandfather how to find new and fun ways to use everyday household items.

By |2011-04-07T15:55:58-04:00April 7th, 2011|Frugal Living, Home and Garden, Organic and Green Living|22 Comments

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  1. Kim April 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    When fixing a leaky faucet, you can use dental floss instead of buying plumbing tape (Teflon tape) . The wax dental floss works better to lubricant the pipe threads.

    • James June 4, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

      I have found that Teflon Tape is superior to dental floss for flossing my teeth. Its stronger and cheaper to buy.

  2. Joy April 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Lots of uses! I have used it for coats (rearranging buttons) and it’s also great for repairing rips in beloved Teddy Bears / animals as well!

  3. Andrea April 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    I’ve used dental floss (plain not mint) to slice cakes. It is great for slicing large sheet cakes at baby showers, etc.

  4. Katie April 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Great ideas…. some I would never have thought of – THANKS!!! 🙂

  5. RandomCreativity April 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    My great grandma made beautiful beaded ornaments, and lots of her kids/ grand kids / great grand kids make them too. She used dental floss in place of beading thread since it is strong and durable – I have ornaments that she made 30+ years ago that are still in great condition.

  6. Sally April 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Ah, but the best kitchen use is to cut rolls of yeast cinnamon rolls into slices – no muss, no fuss!

  7. CJ April 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I used it to resecure the ear piece to my eyeglasses frame, it held for a good 6 months until I finally got new glasses.

  8. Caroline April 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    I have to confess, I found this one of the funniest articles I’ve read all day because I was cleaning up for passover yesterday and was organizing my toiletries. I estimate that I have about 20 packs of dental floss I got as overages. I need a lot more uses than you listed to use it all. I’d rather give it away, but NOBODY wants it! Maybe I can give it to my husband and he can find some workshop use for it when repairing cars with it. It’s so strong that maybe they should use it at Home Depot to tie down merchandise to cars.

  9. Stay At Home Momologues April 8, 2011 at 12:20 am - Reply

    I use it for hanging my pictures! I thought I was the only one! Lol

  10. Megan April 8, 2011 at 10:04 am - Reply

    I love the picture hanging idea – will have to try that!

  11. mona p April 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    You can use it to cut cake – just make sure you are using one that doesn’t have flavor! It’s great for cutting large cakes!

  12. Tracy April 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Awesome ideas! Now I have plenty of uses for the small free packs the dentist gives me everytime I visit. MacGyver would be proud!

  13. Sara at Saving For Someday April 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Crystal for allowing me to share with your readers! Y’all have such great comments too.


  14. Amy Saves April 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    wow, awesome tips! I really like the one about using floss to slice eggs. Lol. But, make sure the floss isn’t mint flavored!

  15. Jennie Van Heuit April 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I’ve used it for years for re-stringing necklaces that broke.

    But I’ve used unwaxed dental floss more recently as a “lifeline” in my knitting. Works great and is super cheap!

  16. Jamie April 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Dental floss is the best when it comes to cutting perfect cinnamon rolls! Once you have the dough all made up and rolled into a log, just slide the dental floss underneath, bring it up and around the log, and slice off perfect buns before baking!

  17. Shannon April 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    You won’t find anything better for slicing up cinnamon rolls. They aren’t squashed and are cut perfectly!

  18. Mary April 13, 2011 at 1:23 am - Reply

    My mother in law uses it to cut “CHEESECAKE”-Don’t buy flavored floss for this job, the cake is tasty enough!

  19. pj April 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    use for stitching rips in tents in an emergency. tying down to tent pegs too. travelling washing line. tying up a bed roll to your rucsac. mending a macintosh. tying up horticultural fleece on tender plants in winter.

  20. The Saved Quarter May 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    I’ve used it for cutting soft cheese like goat cheese. I’ve also used it to sew on buttons that fall off (it’s strong!) and tying on tomatoes to their poles.

    So versatile, like duct tape!

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