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Introduction

I find it annoying once I have started to pull floss out only to reach the end before having enough to do the job. Is there away to eliminate or limit this issue? Most floss dispensers have a solid case, few are translucent where you can barely see the contents, while the number is smaller of semitransparent. I want to change that, here is a simple upgrade to see how much floss there is left in your dispenser.

This instructable will show you how to add a Floss Window to your dispenser.

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Material:
Floss Dispenser

Tools:
1) Pen and
2) Utility Knife.

Warning! Sharp instruments can accidentally puncture and cause lacerations. Please be careful.

Skill Level:
Easy

Time to Complete:
5 – 10 minutes

Now that you have your material and tools, let’s give your dispenser a window.

Next: Disassemble

Step 2: Disassemble

1) Open the floss dispenser and
2) Remove floss and holder. *

* Your dispenser may look, open and remove floss differently.

Warning! Dispensers have a metal edge to cut the floss. Please be careful when opening and removing the floss holder.

Next: Open the Window

Step 3: Open the Window

1) Use the Pen to draw the window where you want it to be located,
2) With your Utility Knife score the surface then
3) Flip over and cut through the plastic.

Warning! Sharp instruments can accidentally puncture and cause lacerations. Please be careful.

Next: Finished

Step 4: Finished

1) Reinsert the floss and
2) Use with confidence that you will know before you run out.

Warning!
Dispensers have a metal edge to cut the floss. Please be careful when replacing the floss holder.

Next: Observations & Summary

Step 5: Observations & Summary

Observations
The benefits of this design are:
1) Inexpensive and an easy make,
2) Watch the floss unspool as it is dispensed,
3) Know you are low before you run out.

Warning!
1) Sharp instruments can accidentally puncture and cause lacerations. Please be careful.

2) Dispensers have a metal edge to cut the floss. Please be careful when removing or replacing the floss holder.

Summary
I am satisfied with the results.

Then I saw, and considered it well. I looked upon it, and received instruction..

Step 6: Addendum

As a bonus, I placed the floss from 115 yards dispenser into my Floss Window dispenser which originally held 55 yards. The spools were interchangeable. The 115 yard replacement floss was a tight fit and was noticeable when I pulled the floss out. After a week of daily use there was no resistance.

Now I can go along time before I run out and before I run out I will see how much is left.

Go Floss Window!

<p>This is great because it stops that annoying &quot;only had a few cms left&quot; feeling :) You could also glue a small, thin piece of clear plastic over the hole to keep everything out - maybe recycle a piece of food packaging (like a cake tub)?</p>
<p>Thank you for reviewing and commenting. A piece of clear plastic is a good idea, I considered a piece of packing tape on the inside and out but decided to leave it open because it sat in the medicine cabinet.</p>

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