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For the past few weeks I've been writing down ideas to share for reusing dental floss instead of simply throwing it away after using. Here is what I've come up with which also gave me more ideas for uses beyond reusing after flossing. LOL!
After making the list, I decided to look online to see if I could find some other clever uses and the first one I am listing here is actually something I never would have thought of, but is important to keep in mind and the second one listed here that I found online made me giggle really hard. ;-)
Please share any other ideas you might have for reuse or use of dental floss.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
Dental floss is cheap and much stronger than any thread. It works extremely well for sewing on buttons, tool holsters on jeans or anything, that you have fixed once before. I have also used it on packsacks and even sled dog harnesses.
By DearWebby from Black Diamond, Alberta
If, when gathering fabric or other material, your thread always breaks right at the most crucial time, I have found that using plain dental floss is wonderful. I use a (large) zigzag stitch on my sewing machine and run the floss under the zigzag (making sure it doesn't get caught). It pulls so easy to gather anything. I have made tutus and never torn the netting.
If you don't sew with a machine, use a large eyed needle to hand gather anything, just using the dental floss. Not only is it easy, but it is so cheap, you can get dental floss for as little as a $1 and it will last a long time. You can even re-use it! Never get in a bind again with broken thread when needing something gathered.
By Tessie from Tulsa, OK
When my children were little, I used to secure buttons on their clothing with dental floss. There is no need to remove the button or existing thread. Just thread a needle with the floss and go through the shank or thread holes of the button once or even twice and tie it off. If it's a dark colored button, you can color the floss with a permanent marker to make it less noticeable.
You can't break dental floss with your bare hands and the buttons will stay on until you want them off. This is especially helpful on coats/jackets and jean waistbands. No more lost buttons!
Source: My Mom
By Carol from TX
Goat cheese is a rather soft cheese and difficult to cut with a knife. I found using dental floss works great for slicing.
By sooz from Toronto, ON
We like to hang up plastic Easter eggs on our trees outside. We found the best string to use was dental floss. It really withstands the weather well!
By Wendy S from Coopersburg, PA
Like an old-time sailor, I took needle and thread and mended a rip in the sail of our boat. The needle was a heavy-duty one from the drug store - and the THREAD was DENTAL FLOSS. It fit through the needle and because it was WAXED, it slid easily through the sail cloth! I do recommend using dental floss for canvas repairs - as waxed heavy duty thread is hard to find nowadays. And in the case of the sail, the floss being white helped the tidiness of the repair (we then put sail tape over it, too.) But the goal was to keep the rip from going into the body of the sail - and as they say, a stitch in time saves 9!
Dental floss is perfect to repair tears in mesh items, such as playpens, beach and laundry bags, even mesh shoes. Simply use a small piece or two to tie the mesh back together. Floss is very sturdy!
By Marie from West Dundee, IL
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