Clever Uses For Dental Floss: Beyond Teeth

I had forgotten that a woman I know used dental floss this past May to expertly cut a white sheet cake into 60 slices. Not that you’ll be traveling with huge sheet cake, but it’s good to know that if you were, and if you had dental floss, you’d have a way to wow the crowd.

Turns out, there are other wow uses for dental floss. I just read about a few of them in the discussion thread “Useful Travel Stuff” on A guy named Kevin Kalley offered these tips, triggering off my sheet cake memory.

  1. sew with it
  2. use it as clothesline
  3. temporary lock on a suitcase (tie in a strong knot to keep the zipper closed)
  4. cut fruit, cheese and bread
  5. use to quiet a dripping faucet. (As he explains it, you tie one end around the faucet and the other end of the dental floss down the drain. The drips travel along the thread instead of making that obnoxious drip dropping sound. Neat, huh?)

Here are two links to Web sites that mention alternative uses for dental floss– and RDLiving

By the way, a friend of mine told me this joke that a dentist told him.

  • Question: How many teeth do you need to floss?
  • Answer: Only the ones you want to keep.