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Dental Floss Survival
Unusual Prepper uses for Dental Floss and Dental Tape

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Preppers and survivalists love it when one item in their
emergency supply has several uses. Add dental floss to that
illustrious list.

Dental floss and dental tape provide hygienic maintenance for
healthy teeth and gums, but your dentist and your mom would
be so proud that you have discovered these frugal and creative
uses of dental floss and dental tape...

Prepper and survival uses for dental floss and dental tape
There are hundreds of alternative uses of dental floss. Make
dental floss part your preps, particularly pack it in your bug-out
bag, and here are Here are some insanely ingenious ways to
use dental floss...

Weird Use #1 for Dental Floss: Fishing gear.
Use floss like a fishing line with your fishing rod. Don't have a
rod? Use a dangling earring as hook, or a safety pin to fish.
Knotty? Then put your knot tying skills to use and weave floss
into a fishing net. Use the dental floss box to store bait, such
as earthworms or maggots you may find.

Weird Use #2 for Dental Floss: Fire starting.
Waxed floss burns!  Wrap waxed floss around a dry stick bark,
then light it like a candle. While floss itself is a tinder, use
waxed floss or dental tape to fasten bundles of kindling too.
What's more, floss will also work as cordage to make a bow drill
to start your fire if you have the know how to build one.

Weird Use #3 for Dental Floss: Hair tie.
Secure hair when building a fire and for hygiene in cooking over
an open fire. (Scouts always know to secure loose clothing, and
preppers should do the same.)

Weird Use #4 for Dental Floss: Snare making.
What's the difference between a trap and snare? The answer is
a string! Snares rely on the ability to make a noose or other
device from cordage. Floss might be the only cordage available
for snare making.

Weird Use #5 for Dental Floss: Making a noose for a chicken.
An ideal solution if you don't have an axe.

Weird Use #6 for Dental Floss: Lashing a knife.
Lashing a knife to a stick makes a spear for hunting
instrument!  You can lash a pair of scissors in the same fashion
to make a weapon as well. It may be all that's around to
protect yourself.

Weird Use #7 for Dental Floss: Crafting cordage for a bow.  
Illustrating the simplicity of usefulness of dental floss, here's
how to make a
bow from a Popsicle stick and floss. Sure, it's a
toy, but the concept works provided you have the archery skills!

Weird Use #8 for Dental Floss: Shelter rigging.
Dental floss or tape will work nicely for your camping gear since
it's sturdy enough to hold canvas and tarps in place, yet slender
enough for getting through the eye of the needle. In a
survivalist situation, tie down a tarp with braided floss secured
to trees for a do-it-yourself tent. If there's no tarp, then floss
could help bundle wood frames and materials to forge a shelter.

Weird Use #9 for Dental Floss: Bagging Food and Supplies.
Keeping food away from animals, such as raccoons or bears in a
survival situation will be tremendously valuable. Just tie it up
and hang it from a tree out of reach and ready for retrieval at
your meal time, not theirs. Bears can smell your toothpaste
miles away, bag them up as well along with soaps, lip balms
and any other cosmetics or beauty aids which may smell.

Weird Use #10 for Dental Floss: Medical Applications.
Floss has saved lives! Crafty men and women out and about
from medical assistance have created tourniquets. Dental floss
could successfully occlude blood flow of an extremity on a
traumatic wound with significant hemorrhage. In case you don't
have sterile thread, you also might be able to close a wound.
Dental floss can also help you close off the umbilical cord during
deliveries, though much talk of late has been of allowing the
umbilical cord to drop off naturally.

Weird Use #11 for Dental Floss: Hanging Clothes to Dry.  
Wet clothes: now that's a clothes call! Not a problem if you dry
clothes over floss laid out like a clothes line.

Weird Use #12 for Dental Floss: Sewing.
Yes, there are "Sew" many applications! Mend clothing. Sew
buttons. Repair tents, umbrellas, tarps or mosquito netting. Of
course this requires a needle!

Weird Use #13 for Dental Floss: Affixing Gear.
Dental floss or tape can secure loose equipment to a backpack.
A survivalist might also craft a horse-shoe shaped backpack by
rolling contents into a tarp or blanket.

Weird Use #14 for Dental Floss: Cutting Food.
Floss can act like a knife to cut fruits and cheeses, divide hard
boiled eggs, cut fish from it's skin and more. Whether you're on
a picnic or in survival mode, think about this trick. Keep some
dental floss in the car, you'll never know when you might need

Weird Use #15 for Dental Floss: Trussing Poultry, Fish and
Tie up meat and fish to sticks to cook over an open fire with
unwaxed dental floss. Or truss up poultry for the stuffing or
keep the roast tender and moist on the inside. Again, the
unwaxed floss won't burn, but it will keep your food in place.

Weird Use #16 for Dental Floss: Closing bags.
Use floss like twine to secure food rations in mylar or plastic
bags without zip lock.

Weird Use #17 for Dental Floss: Securing pant legs.
For survival hiking, tie pant legs to keep out cold winds, snow
or rain and retain heat. Alternatively, in good weather, secure
pant legs to keep ticks from having easy access to skin.

Weird Use #18 for Dental Floss: Repairing shoes.
Use floss as emergency shoe-laces. Or if you're in transit and
you have crazy glue to repair shoes, you need to tie the shoes
together while it dries.

Weird Use #19 for Dental Floss: Creating Snow shoe
In a pinch, make your own snow shoes to get out alive!

Weird Use #20 for Dental Floss: Hand cuffs.
If need be floss could serve the necessary cordage to handcuff
someone to a tree! (Yes, this is an unusual use for dental floss,
but you never know when this information might be handy to

Weird Use #21 for Dental Floss: Gardening.
If you grow food, you can suspend vines, like tomatoes, with
floss to support the vines. Essentially this helps keep plants
from breaking off.

Weird Use #22 for Dental Floss: Fixing eye-glasses.
In a pinch, you can thread floss through the lost screw to secure
eye-glasses in place.

Weird Use #23 for Dental Floss: Sealing leaky pipes.
When there is no plumber, you can seal leaky pipes by winding
dental floss around the threaded cap to stop the leaks.

Weird Use #24 for Dental Floss: Scaling walls.
Astonishing but true: the department of corrections does not
allow dental floss as prisoners have attempted escapes by
braiding floss into a strong cordage and scaling walls. They
have also sawed through bars with dental floss! Imagine if you
are detained in a world without rule of law: the people holding
you captive might not know the full value of dental floss.

Weird Use #25 for Dental Floss: Helping your heart.
Studies show that inflammation caused by chronic mouth
infection irritates your heart's arteries, and they are more
susceptible to plaque buildup. Flossing your teeth will help fight
infections in your mouth and keep things in check.

How will you use dental floss to save your life? Hold a car hood
shut? Hang cooking utensils at your campsite? Pull a loose
tooth? The list of alternative uses is endless if you think of
dental floss or dental tape as you would twine. Yes, dental
floss has so many prepper uses! Best of all, dental floss and
dental tape packs lightly so it's not a burden to bring some in
your bugout bag.

More uses of Dental Floss

  • Drying apple slices. If you don't have a dehydrator or if
    you want to dry apples naturally. Cut them into slices and
    use a cleaning darning needle through the slices using
    dental floss.

  • Slicing soft cheeses. Need a slice of soft buffalo
    mozzerella? Reach for your "Reach" floss and easily slice
    what you need.

  • Braiding garlic. Dental floss is light and strong enough for
    a garlic braiding project.

Happy endings...
Your dentist would be proud. Why not share the article at your
next dental visit. Need to use your floss for its intended
purpose, but want to put a homesteading spin on it? Add a bit
of tea tree oil to your dental floss to get at the tricky areas of
your mouth. Tea tree oil will help with the healing of the
infected pockets in the gums. (Read more about the
benefits of Tea tree oil.)

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