Dental Floss Is a Practical Survival Tool

People generally stick to the instructions they find in the packaging of the products they buy. That is a shame, because many items we use every day are much more versatile then what the manufacturer made it for. Coffee filters are on that list. This paper product can be used as a tea bag, liner for potted plants, to protect cast-iron skillets, strain bacon drippings, and much more. Would dental floss be just as useful?

The main purpose of dental floss is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. It is made from durable materials, such as nylon or Teflon fibers. Dental floss should be in everyone’s survival gear, because it is strong and versatile. Try rubbing anything else between your teeth, and you will find that a lot of other string types will easily break. The sturdiness of dental floss makes this product a great emergency preparedness and survival tool. It can be used at home or on the go. The price is an extra bonus. Dental floss is extremely cheap. You can buy it anywhere, even at dollar stores.

If you are interested in finding alternative uses for dental floss when you are in a pinch or when times get tough, consider the following suggestions:

1. Sewing – Use the floss like regular thread to mend clothes, outdoor equipment, and backpacks, or to sew on buttons.

2. Food remover – Slide a strand of dental floss between your baked goods and the baking tray. You can also use that same strand to partition a cake, cut slices of bread or cheese, or remove the top of a hard-boiled egg.

3. Makeshift clothes line – Double up on the string and use it as a clothes line when you are camping.

4. D.I.Y. fishing rod – Are you stranded in the middle of nowhere and feel hungry? Tie nylon string to a stick to make a fishing rod or to replace a broken line on your rod.

5. Fish or animal net – Knot the floss in a criss-cross pattern to make a net which can be used to scoop fish out of water or catch animals. Hold the device or attach it to a sturdy branch. You can also make a snare with nylon string.

6. Plant support – Climbing plants, beans, and other vegetables often need to be supported. Tie them to a structure with a bit of floss.

7. Wind break – Do you need to hang tree bough or a blanket to make a wind break or temporary shelter? You know what to use.

8. Alternative rope – Use the floss to tie down or secure things. You can also tie newspaper or magazines together for kindling.

9. Quick-fix shoe lace – No time to run home for another pair of shoes? Use a sturdy string as a temporary shoe lace.

10. Emergency medical device – Dental floss has been helpful in crisis situations to tie up severed arteries or an umbilical cord. It can also be used as a tourniquet.

These examples give you a fair idea of all the things you can do with dental floss. Let your imagination run wild, and you will find many more usages.