Uses For Dental Floss

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September 1, 2010

Dental Floss ContainerFor 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

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April 12, 2011

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 zigzag stitch on my sewing machine.

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September 13, 2012

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.

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August 24, 2007

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!

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January 28, 2009

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.

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March 23, 2009

We like to hang up plastic Easter eggs on our trees outside. We found the best string to use was dental floss.

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June 4, 2008

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!

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September 22, 2010

Goat cheese is a rather soft cheese and difficult to cut with a knife. I found using dental floss works great for slicing.

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April 29, 2019

If you have trouble creating the perfect eyeliner look, try using an inexpensive guide to assist you. This is a page about using a dental floss pick as an eyeliner guide.

Woman using dental floss to apply eyeliner

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March 8, 2017

If you have trouble threading your sewing needles you are not alone. This page contains tips about using a dental floss threader to thread needles.

A dental floss threader.

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September 1, 2010

Ideas for using dental floss other than flossing your teeth. Post your ideas!

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