11 unusual uses for dental floss

Be honest, the goody bag you're handed as you leave the dentist is most likely *still* sitting in the trunk of your car.

Packed with a travel toothbrush, a kid-sized tube of toothpaste and a roll of floss, these plastic goody bags never really stood a chance, quickly tossed in the back of your bathroom drawer. Don't worry, because we all leave the dentist ready to start anew with our blinding pearly whites -- a mindset that is seemingly forgotten the second we step out of the doctor's office.

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Unusual uses for dental floss
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Unusual uses for dental floss

Line dry clothing

Have some special pieces of clothing that can't go in the dry machine? If you're traveling and need to make a lightning-fast clothing line, dental floss works great! 

Support for climbing plants

If you have climbing plants or vines in your backyard -- like honey suckles or bougainvillea -- dental floss is a great source of support to keep the plants upright. 

Cut cake 

Want the perfect cut without the cake from falling apart? Dental floss will help you get a clean, picture perfect slice.

Start a fire 

Apparently, dental floss can do wonders when you're in the wilderness. If the floss is coated in wax, it makes for extra great kindling. 

Hang pictures

Instead of braided wire, which can ruin the paint on walls, dental floss is frequently sturdy enough to help hang pictures.  

Tie down trunks

If you're schlepping something that doesn't quite fit in the back of your trunk, dental floss is a miracle worker. Just loop the floss around the trunk a handful of times and be on your way!  

Reattach buttons 

Floss is thin enough that it can be used to save your favorite sweater. Just like thread, pack a needle through the floss and get sewing. 

Love your teeth! Dental floss in a heart shape. Flossing in combination with brushing can prevent gum disease, and has also been linked with a reduced incidence of heart disease.

For your shoes

It's not the ultimate solution, but it's a great hack for those panicking moments. If you lose a shoelace, dental floss can be a quick and convenient (if not temporary) replacement. 

Fishing lines

Avid fishers understand the pains of breaking lines. If you're in need, dental floss can help save the day. 

Fix your glasses

If a screw is loose or lost, thread dental floss through it. It can also be used to fix loose nose pieces, loose rings and more! 


Sure, you may not think that roll of dental floss has any use, but in reality, it's actually a life-changing product. If you didn't already know, dental floss can seamlessly reattach buttons, slice a cake in a way that would make Martha Stewart jealous, and start a fire if you're ever stranded in the woods, "Lost" style.

Scroll through above to learn about the mind-blowing ways floss can become your number one hack. But seriously, please get flossing.

Related: Unusual uses for apple cider vinegar

Unusual uses for apple cider vinegar
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Unusual uses for apple cider vinegar

1. Stop breakouts

Add a few drops of apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball and dab over dry skin and breakouts! It'll clear your complexion in no time. 

2. Mouthwash

Mix apple cider vinegar with mouthwash and swish around for 30 seconds for fresh breath! 

3. Oven cleaner

Add a few splashes of apple cider vinegar to warm, soapy water. Your oven will be clean in no time! 

4. Heal sunburn

Pour 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar onto a warm rag and apply to a sunburn. It'll stop itching, relieve pain and stop peeling. 

5. Stop pets from biting cords

Using a cotton swab or paper towel, dab some apple cider vinegar onto cords to stop pets from gnawing at them.

6. Use it in your bath

Add a cup of apple cider vinegar with bath salts to relieve muscle pain. It's so relaxing! 

7. Soothe sore throats. 

Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with equal parts of warm water and gargle over a sink. 

8. Steak marinade 

Marinate steak with 1/2 cup apple cider, 2 teaspoons soy sauce and a dash of brown sugar for a delicious and juicy meal. 

9. Stop hiccups 

1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar stops hiccups quickly! 

10. Hair detangler 

Add a dash of apple cider vinegar a handful of conditioner. Or, you can soak your hair in it overnight. Wash as normal. It'll leave your hair smooth and shiny with no knots. 

10. Salad dressing 

Spice things up! Replace balsamic vinegar with apple cider vinegar. It's a natural detox and tastes great.


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