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2X4: Four Ways to Get Creative with Floss

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Jessica
05.27.13

Dental floss is great for your gums, but did you know it’s handy around the house, too? This extra-strong thread can prevent cookies from crumbling, hold up heavy objects (like wind chimes) and more! Stock up on floss and try one of these four new uses:

Remove Cookies. Few things in life are better than freshly baked cookies. In fact, they’re so good that sometimes it’s hard to be patient and let them cool completely before you dig in. And that leads to crumbles! Deformed cookies may taste just as great, but they don’t look as nice. Keep your cookies whole by using dental floss to remove them from a still-warm tray. Hold the floss tight with two hands, and slide it quickly between the cookie and the tray. Once the cookie is free, you can move it to a plate, serving tray or straight into your mouth!

Line Dry Clothes. So, let’s say you have a shirt that’s too delicate for the dryer, but you didn’t exactly read the label until after you ran it through the washing machine. What do you do? Make an impromptu clothesline out of dental floss! This strong thread will withstand the weight of wet clothes. Use two chairs or tables and tie the floss taut. Hang your wet article of clothing over the line and let it dry. Done! Bonus: If you get in the habit of line-drying clothes, you can save as much as $85 a year.

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Hang Wind Chimes. Dental floss may be thin, but it’s no wimp! It has to be super strong to stay together in your mouth, and that strength can be put to good use around your house. Use it to hang wind chimes, ornaments, picture frames or mirrors. If your wind chime is a six-foot-tall beauty, it may be worth doubling up your floss before hanging it outside. Bonus: Floss is waterproof, so it won’t fray and break after a heavy rain.  

Support Climbing Plants. Climbing plants are a charming addition to any garden, but they can be hard to maintain. Make it a little easier to guide their growth by tying climbing rose, grapevine, ivy or any other climbing foliage to a trellis (or just a pole, if you’re growing tomatoes) with dental floss. Eventually, the plant will intertwine itself with the trellis, ensuring the climber grows up, not out!

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