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14 Brilliant Uses for Dental Floss That Make Life So Much Easier

From hanging pictures to baking cookies, floss is the household tool we never knew we needed!

Flossing is key for keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape, but did you know the sturdy little string is a handy life hack tool as well? These genius uses for dental floss include everything from repairing glasses to removing pesky ticks from your pup.

1. Quickly remove keyboard gunk

You try to be mindful of snacking while you’re typing on the computer, but crumbs still end up lodged in the keyboard. The solution: Take an arm’s-length piece of dental floss and hold it taut using your index fingers. Then, floss between the keys like you would between teeth. The thin string fits easily between the keys, swiftly removing debris.

2. Uses for dental floss: help blooms stay upright

The vibrant bouquet you received from your sister last week really brightens up the kitchen. The problem? Some of the flowers with weaker stems are drooping over the side of your vase. To make the bouquet look picture-perfect again, use a piece of clear dental floss to tie the stems together at the base of the blossoms. The invisible floss will help keep the flowers in a tidy bunch so they stay upright and pretty as long as possible!

3. Repair glasses in a pinch

Just as you’re about to curl up with a book, you find that a screw fell out of your reading glasses. The save: Thread a piece of floss through the holes missing the screw and tie in a knot near the frame, then snip off the excess. The floss will hold the glasses together so you can enjoy your reading session!

4. Uses for dental floss: re-string a broken bracelet

Uses For Dental Floss: Beading With Floss
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Oh no! The bracelet you were wearing snapped and sent colorful beads scattering. To the rescue: dental floss! Measure out the appropriate length, then string each bead on the strand. The holes in many beads are too small for a needle to pass through, and regular thread is too flimsy to use by itself, but the fibers in floss are stiff enough to string the baubles for quick repair.

5. Silence a leaky faucet

If the noise of a leaky bathroom faucet is driving you crazy, try this until you can get it fixed. Tie a long piece of dental floss around the end of the spout and place the other end in the drain. The leaking water will travel silently down the floss and into the drain.

6. Uses for dental floss: ensure a screw fits snugly

The screw in your dresser-drawer handle keeps coming loose, no matter how often you tighten it. To secure it once and for all, just remove the screw and wrap a short length of dental floss around its threads, gluing the end of the floss in place. Then put the screw back in and tighten. The floss will make the screw wider, so it fits properly in the hole.

7. Lift cookies in one piece

Baking tasty chocolate chip cookies is your favorite way to spend a Sunday — but not so much when they stick to the cookie sheet as you try to transfer them. To avoid cookie crumbles, slide a taut strand of unwaxed dental floss between the cookie bottoms and the baking sheet once the treats have partially cooled. The ultrathin string will gently loosen the cookies, so the sweet treats come up in one piece. Yum!

“Try this trick when your cookies are still a touch warm,” FIRST food director Julie Miltenberger advises. “if they cool too much, you might not be able to slide the floss under the cookie edges”

8. Uses for dental floss: fix a broken umbrella

Uses For Dental Floss: A craftsman repairs an umbrella by changing the needle with a hand tool. Small repair of household items.

Suddenly, it’s raining, and the only umbrella in your house has a floppy broken rib! Try this: Cut dental floss into a 1′-long piece. Then use a sewing needle to thread it through the fabric part of the umbrella, tying it back to the spokes. The water-resistant thread will hold the rib in place.

9. Securely hang heavy items

The set of wind chimes you snagged at a garage sale will look fantastic on your porch, but the string it came with doesn’t seem sturdy enough to hold their weight. A better way: Use dental floss to hang the chimes. The strong, tightly woven fibers will support the weight of the chimes so you can simply enjoy the peaceful tones without worry.

10. Uses for dental floss: safely remove a tick from Fido

If you notice a dreaded black dot on your pup, remove it fast and effectively with floss. Grab a 3″ length of dental floss, tie it in a loop, and place it over the tick, aiming to tighten it right where the head encounters your dog’s skin. Next, gently and steadily pull the floss straight back to remove the pest. Place the tick in a sealed baggie to take to the vet for inspection later (or flush it down the toilet). The floss lets you remove the tick without having to touch it, ensuring a safe removal.

“Using floss provides continuous, steady traction. When you pull the floss, it moves in a straight line, meaning the tick is less likely to break apart during removal.,” says  Sara Ochoa, DVM and founder of How To Pets. “Remember, though, always approach tick removal calmly and never yank or twist the tick out. You’re aiming for a smooth, controlled removal.”

11. Replace a broken shoelace

A little one in your life asked you to tie her sneakers before you bring her to dance class, but when you tugged on one of the shoelaces, it snapped. The in-a-pinch fix: Replace the broken shoelace with a long piece of dental floss. The floss is sturdy enough to keep her shoes closed until you can get to the store to buy a new pair of laces.

12. Uses for dental floss: reattach a loose button

Uses For Dental Floss: Senior woman sewing button on jacket, close-up of hands
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One of the buttons on your winter coat popped off—again. To ensure it stays put when you sew it back in place, use a length of waxed floss instead of thread. Just thread the strand through the needle and sew as usual. The coated floss is more durable than thread and won’t break down, so you can be sure your button stays in place for good.

13. Start a fire easily

Nothing beats relaxing by a toasty fire on chilly evenings­—if only it wasn’t such a struggle to get the flames going! To make the task a breeze, wrap a piece of waxed dental floss around your kindling and tie to secure. Then toss the kindling into the fireplace and carefully light as usual. The wax on the floss will quickly start burning to ignite the fire.

14. Uses for dental floss: pull off an adhesive strip

One of the buttons on your winter coat popped off—again. To ensure it stays put when you sew it back in place, use a length of waxed floss instead of thread. Just thread the strand through the needle and sew as usual. The coated floss is more durable than thread and won’t break down, so you can be sure your button stays in place for good.

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