12 useful and creative ways to use floss you’ve never thought of

We stumbled across this list while doing very serious (ahem) blog research and had to share it with you. Let us know if you try any at home. We know there’s a few we want to try!

  1. Slice delicate foods
    When baking more finicky foods like bread or cinnamon rolls that call for dividing the dough without squishing or deflating it, floss is a great alternative to a knife. Not to mention it slices cheese like a champ.
  2. Get a stuck ring off your finger
    Wrap floss firmly (but not tight enough to cut off circulation) from the top of your finger to the ring. This compresses your finger and helps the ring slide right off.
  3. Loosen cookies from a baking sheet
    Don’t want to watch your freshly baked cookies crumble as you take them off the pan. Separate them with floss first and they’ll slide right off.
  4. Prolong the life of a fire
    Waxed floss burns really well. Wrap it around your kindling and light it up. The floss will keep the fire going much longer than wood on its own.
  5. Quiet a dripping faucet
    Tie some floss around the opening of the faucet and then guide the string down the drain. The water drops will slide along the floss—and leave you with peace and quiet.
  6. Line dry your clothes
    Floss is strong enough to hold clothes right from the washing machine.
  7. Flossing your keyboard—and other hard to reach places
    Look down. Are you looking at a dusty keyboard like we are typing this? If you’re nodding yes, break out the floss. It can get in between crevices to get out dust and dirt you normally would never reach.
  8. Don’t bother with cooking twine
    Does that recipe you chose for dinner call for butcher’s twine? Well forget about it. Unwaxed and flavorless floss is a great—and inexpensive—substitute as it won’t burn or melt.
  9. Fill in cracked wood
    Simply soak floss in wood glue and layer it in the crack until it is filled.
  10. Sew on a button
    Simple sewing jobs where the type of thread doesn’t matter are perfect for floss. It’s strong so won’t break, and white floss will blend in with most clothing.
  11. Support climbing plants
    Plants such as tomatoes or cucumbers need support as they grow, and floss is a great way to secure them to a post or fence.
  12. Fix broken glasses
    Screws from a glasses frame are easily lost. Until you can get a replacement you can use floss to attach the earpiece to the front of the frame.