I say there is – and I’m about to share all this glorious wisdom with you.
Be prepared to be amazed:
15 Crazy Awesome Uses For Dental Floss
1 – Secure A Campsite
Floss can be used to tie tree branches together to build a shelter (it can also be used to make the shelter more sturdy).
2 – Floss + Knife = Spear
Tie the knife handle to a branch so the blade is facing out. There you have it: a makeshift spear.
3 – Trip An Enemy
Wrap the dental floss around some tree trunks, and connect them together with floss. This will create an (almost) invisible tripwire for anyone chasing you.
4 – DIY Stitches
Injuries happen in emergencies, and you need to know how to deal with them with minimal supplies. If you’ve got floss, you can use it and a needle to sew your own stitches and prevent bleeding.
5 – Clothesline
Wrap the floss around two trees, connecting them by the strand. Now you can hang lightweight clothing on the line, such as underwear and socks.
6 – Replace A Bow String
Braid a few strings of floss together to make a string for your bow and arrow.
7 – Cans + Floss = Alarm
Tie the cans to the floss and lay it around the boundary of your campsite. Intruders won’t see the floss and will accidentally set off your noisy alarm.
8 – Handcuffs
If someone in your group gets untrustworthy, you can wrap the floss several times around their wrists to make DIY handcuffs.
9 – Hair/Clothes Clips
When traveling through the woods, it can be easy to catch your hair or clothing on branches, bushes, etc. Make it easier on yourself by using the floss to tie your hair/clothes back and out of the way.
10 – Shoelaces
This will work, although it’s a temporary solution. Thread multiple strands of dental floss through the eyes of your shoes to make laces.
Note: Can your shoelaces also act as a fire starter (and no, I didn’t mean as tinder)? If not, you may need to re-think your purchasing decisions and try out these instead.
11 – Fix Those Glasses
Broke your glasses? Use floss to fix them. You can thread it through where the screw was to reattach a broken off stem, or you can tie a broken nose piece back together.
For those of you that lose your glasses: carry them around your neck by connecting floss to both sides of the stems, forming a loop.
12 – Tinder
Use waxed floss for this, as it’s easy to set ablaze. Or, use the floss to tie your other tinder together when traveling.
13 – Cut Meat
Loop the floss around the meat and pull – it’ll act like a knife and cut your food in half.
14 – Hang Food + Secure Items
Keep food up in the air and away from bears/bugs by putting the food in a bag and hanging it to a tree with dental floss. You can secure loose items (tools, compasses, etc.) to your backpack with floss as well.
15 – DIY Fishing Rod
Grab a branch and tie floss to the end. Find something that can be used as a hook and tie that to the end of the line of floss. Boom – your very own homemade fishing pole.
Here’s a great video showing some of these cool tips in action:
Here’s another one:
OK, I think we can all agree that floss is pretty amazing and has a ton of survival uses. However, it also has some pretty big downsides. For one, it’s relatively easy to break (unless you use a few strings of it on whatever you’re doing).
This leads me to another point – like I said, to make floss really strong, you need to use a lot of it. Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be carrying around huge Costco-sized boxes of dental floss in the precious, limited space of my bug out bag.
That’s why it is highly recommended that you use paracord instead of floss as a long-term solution. Not sure how paracord can measure up to dental floss? Check out our blog of 100 uses for paracord, and then get back to me.
Now, before you roll your eyes and say “yes, Damian, what a novel idea – PARACORD.” understand that I’m not just talking about any normal, random paracord. I’m talking about our super handy Paracord Grenade Survival Kit.
Remember how I said I didn’t want to be carrying around 50 packs of dental floss in the limited space of my bug out bag?
Well, here’s the kicker – we’re not just giving you 9 feet of 550 lb paracord that won’t easily break (like floss) and will likely be strong enough with only one strand (yet again…unlike floss).
Instead, what I’m offering you is 9 ft of paracord with…get this…14 pieces of survival gear already stuffed INSIDE.
That’s right – weighing just a few ounces, the Paracord Grenade Survival Kit can comfortably fit on your keychain AND provide you with 14 included survival supplies ready to go.
Here’s what we’re including in your kit:
- (1) Knife Blade: This blade is sharp enough to cut open a fish, or skin a small animal.
- (1) Fire Starter: So you can build a fire without the need for matches.
- (2) Lengths of Fishing Line: This translucent line will help you rustle up a dinner in a flash.
- (2) Fishing Hooks: Pre-attached to fishing line to make your catch as easy as possible.
- (2) Fishing Weights: To make sure your fish can find the hook.
- (2) Bobbers: To ensure your hook catches the fish.
- (2) Swivels: To keep fish on the line.
- (1) Piece of Tin Foil: Used to cook dinner or to catch water, or even to be used as a signal mirror.
- (1) Tinder: Helps you get a fire going in no time.
So, as I see it, you have two options: you can settle for dental floss…or, for less than just $6 you can use a way stronger option that not only helps you make a shelter and trip invaders, but also carries 14 extra space-saving survival tools at your fingertips.
It’s your choice.. click here or on the pictures below to make the right one.