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13 Surprising Uses for Dental Floss Around the House.

1. Fix a Noisy Faucet. Canít stand that noisy faucet? For a quick fix, tie floss around the spout so that it hangs down into the sink. Instead of nosily plopping on the bowl of the sink, the water will just crawl down the floss.

2. Hang Pictures. Sturdy dental floss is a great alternative to regular string or wire when it comes to hanging pictures.

3. Remove Stuck-On Photos. Donít risk damaging your priceless photos. To remove photos that are stuck into albums, use a piece of floss to slowly coax them out.

4. Prevent Rope From Fraying. This is an old Boy Scoutís trick: to ďwhipĒ a rope, or prevent it from fraying, tightly loop the floss around the rope. Detailed instructions can be found here.

5. Give Plants Some Support. Climbing plants often need a little support. Thatís where dental floss comes in ó itís a great material for tying plants to a trellis.
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6. Slice Cake, Cheesecake and Cinnamon Rolls. Cut your cakes with magazine photo-perfect precision by using an unwaxed and unflavored piece of floss.

7. Precisely Slice Soft Cheese. Believe it or not, floss is often better at slicing soft cheese than a fancy cheese knife.

8. Lift Cookies off a Baking Tray. To transfer your still-warm cookies to a plate without them crumbling, carefully work a piece of floss under the cookie and painlessly lift them off.

9. Use as Kitchen Twine. Unflavored and unwaxed dental floss is a perfectly fine replacement for kitchen twine.
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10. Re-String Broken Jewelry. Because itís just so sturdy, dental floss is a really great substitute for jewelry string or wire.

11. Sew Better. Floss is a much sturdier fiber than thread is. So, if you really want your button to stay firmly in place, a little floss will really do the trick. Itís not just buttons, either, floss can easily repair tents, backpacks, and other heavy-duty outdoor stuff.

12. Fix a Broken Umbrella. Donít throw out that broken umbrella ó fix it with floss! You donít even need to sew anything (though that certainly would help) to fix it: simply tying the metal spines and the material together will work well, too.

13. Remove a Too-Tight Ring. It got on your finger, but how are you going to get it off?! Well, one good method is to tightly wrap your finger in floss, and then slip the ring right off. 

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/13-surprising-uses-for-dental-floss.html#ixzz2lWrTY400

Extraordinary. Learned a lot from this article.

LOVE this stuff.

Thanks. I learned a lot too. I particularly liked the "floss to get a ring off" trick. It had never occurred to me.   

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--- Quote ---Vinegar is a liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid (CH3COOH) and water. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria.
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--- Quote ---Distilled vinegar

The term "distilled vinegar" is something of a misnomer, because it is not produced by the distillation of vinegar, but rather, by the fermentation of distilled alcohol. The fermentate is then diluted to produce a colorless solution of about 5% to 8% acetic acid in water, with a pH of about 2.4.

This is variously known as distilled spirit or "virgin" vinegar, or white vinegar, and is used for medicinal, laboratory, and cleaning purposes, as well as in cooking, baking, meat preservation, and pickling.

The most common starting material in some regions, because of its low cost, is malt. In the United States, corn (maize) is the usual starting ingredient for most distilled vinegars, such as the Heinz brand.

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8 Ways Not to Use Vinegar  8)

By Adam Verwymeren, Networx

Common household vinegar is one of those wonder products that people are always discovering new uses for. Whether you want to drive away dandruff, eradicate mildew, or keep bugs at bay, vinegar has been proposed as a solution to just about every problem under the sun.
But while it has a number of uses, vinegar isnít always the solution, and on occasion it can be downright dangerous. Here are the top 8 ways not to put this miracle substance to work in your home.

1. While vinegar is good at cleaning many things, you shouldnít confuse it with soap. Alkaline cleaners like dish detergent are ideally suited for lifting grease, whereas vinegar will have little effect on it. If you have a greasy cleaning job, reach for regular soap and leave the vinegar on the shelf.

2. You should never use vinegar on waxed surfaces. The vinegar will only strip the wax off, dulling the sheen on your nicely shined car. However, vinegar is a great option if youíre looking to remove an old coat of wax before you put down a fresh layer of polish.

3. Do not use vinegar on marble countertops or other stoneware, as it can cause the stone to pit and corrode, according to the Marble Institute.

4. Your smartphone and laptop monitor probably have a thin layer of oleophobic coating that limits fingerprints and smudges. Acidic vinegar can strip this off, so you should never use it to clean sensitive screens.

5. Cast iron and aluminum are reactive surfaces. If you want to use vinegar to clean pots and pans, use it exclusively on stainless steel and enameled cast iron cookware.

6. While both bleach and vinegar are powerful cleaning agents, when mixed together they make a powerful chemical weapon. Chlorine gas, the stuff used to clear the trenches in World War I, results when bleach is mixed with an acidic substance, so never mix them together.

7. While vinegar can be useful as an insecticide, you shouldnít spray it directly on bug-infested plants as it can damage them. However, you can use vinegarís plant-killing effect to your advantage by using it as a weed killer, as suggested by several people on Hometalk.

8. If youíre the victim of an egging, do not try to dissolve the remnants of this prank away with vinegar. Vinegar will cause the proteins in the egg to coagulate, creating a gluey substance that is even more impossible to clean up, says Popular Mechanics.

I also feel obligated to say that although vinegar is touted as a great way to remove mildew and mold, like bleach it only kills surface mold. Most mold problems are deeper than what you see on the surface, and your best bet is to kill them at their source (which is usually leaks and rotting drywall).

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Agelbert NOTE: Organic vinegar is normally made from apples, not corn. Considering that corn stock for vinegar is GMO corn, it is something to think about... :)


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