Dental floss is far more than a means of cleaning your teeth. It’s one of those objects that can be put to use in so many different ways it’d make your head spin. But now that we’re in the midst of the holidays, how can we use this versatile thread to help in our festivities?
- Cookie Remover: Freshly baked Christmas cookies are a great thing. What’s terrible is when you ruin them trying to pry them off the tray with a spatula. That will never do. Enter dental floss. Use it to slide under the cookies and dislodge them from the tray.
- Cake Cutter: Floss is a master of making clean, smooth slices of cake. Make sure to use a piece of floss that exceeds the width of the cake you’re cutting. Otherwise you might stick your hand into the icing.
- Thread: This is an obvious use. With so many presents getting wrapped, there’s a chance you may run out of thread at the last minute. Not to worry if you have some dental floss in the bathroom cabinet. Now you’ve got thread to wrap presents…and it smells minty.
- Christmas Tree Trimming Garland: Christmas trees can always use some more decorations. Grab up some floss and string together a nice garland to wrap around your tree. What should you string together? Well, the classic move is to cook up some popcorn and thread them up.
- Ornament String: This is where floss can really save the day. Ornament hooks get lost or broken all the time. Tie a nice loop of floss around the ornament and a branch and problem solved.
- Preserving Old Photos: The holidays mean family time. Family time means pictures are going to get taken. And new pictures mean old ones might have to get moved around in the photo album. Don’t risk ripping old photos off the page. Slide floss between the picture and the page it’s glued to and it’ll come right off.
- Plant Support: There are a lot of plants associated with Christmas. Besides the tree, there’s wreathes, poinsettias, mistletoes, hollies. At some point they might need a little support and who better than floss to come to the rescue?
- Tie a Trunk: If you’ve got a trunk bursting at the seams with presents or a Christmas tree, you might want a little extra security. Tie the trunk shut with at least 10 loops of floss and you’re off!
- Tie Up the Turkey: Turkey on Christmas isn’t as inseparable as turkey on Thanksgiving, but it’s pretty common. If you’re one of those families who dines on Christmas turkey, you can use floss to tie up the legs for perfect roasting.
- Shut a Suitcase: For many families the holidays are a time for travel. That means suitcases. If you don’t trust your luggage’s zippers or locks, floss can come in handy. Use it to string together flaps and pockets that otherwise won’t snap or clasp.
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