Intro: Floss Refill
Have you ever wondered about refilling your floss dispenser? Why you ask, well maybe you read my Floss Window instructable, there is one reason to refill your floss dispenser. Here is another; place more floss in a smaller container, great for traveling or downsizing. This instructable will display the different floss dispensers I had on hand.
You may prefer one floss over another, on the other hand you may not. There are many different brands and size containers of floss. Floss comes in different lengths, I have seen from 4 yards up to 122 yards. So would it be cool to refill a 4 yard "sample" size floss dispenser with a 55 yard refill? Whoa say what? That is right, I placed a 55 yard floss spool into a 4 yard "sample" size dispenser with room to spare. That is a 1,275% increase without making any other changes.
When you add a Floss Window to your refillable floss dispenser you will have a dynamic dual. More floss in a smaller space and know when the dispenser is low before you run out. Read on for more information about floss dispenser sizes.
Some benefits of this project are:
1. Better utilization of existing space by placing more floss into a smaller space.
2. No space is too small to go unnoticed.
3. By placing more floss into a smaller space you are free to take more floss when you are traveling or bugging out (“where space is at a premium”).
4. This is an easy project that does not require any special tools.
5. There is little cost in money or time to put this space saving project into action.
6. See the simplicity of switching floss between multiple manufactures.
Step 1: Floss Dispensers
Utility Knife. If you replace a smaller inside diameter spool into a larger inside diameter spool dispenser.
Time to Complete:
1 – 3 minutes
Now let’s look at some floss dispensers.
Step 2: Reach
This example I placed 115 yards into a 55 yard dispenser.
It was tight fit and I used a Utility Knife to trim the spool holder to accommodate the smaller inside diameter spool. The increase was 109%. Even though the increase seems insignificant, I will be able to use this floss dispenser longer between refills.
Next: Dr. Fresh
Step 3: Dr. Fresh
I don't know where this dispenser came from, none the less, I replaced the 27.5 yard spool with a 55 yard spool.
The increase of floss volume was 100%, there was room to spare and I did not have to deal with a removable spool holder. The greatest benefit was going from a larger square dispenser to a smaller oblong dispenser.
Step 4: Listerine
This example I placed 55 yards into a 5 yard dispenser.
Because of the dispenser dimension I had to place the 55 yard spool onto the 5 yard holder. This example required more work but the increase of 1,000% is a nice return on investment.
Step 5: Glide
Here is the winner. I placed 55 yards into a 4 yard container an increase of 1,275%.
There was some room left and there was no removable holder. It was an easy refill. The dimensions are 1 1/4 x 1 9/16.
This fits nice and easy into your EDC or BOB use as cordage and personal hygiene. The floss is contained and it comes with a cutter.
Next: Observations and Summary
Step 6: Observations & Summary
Across different brands there appears to be little variance in spool size. It looks as if there are 2 different diameter spools. It could be an industry standard, I could not find any information one way or the other. In any event here is a simple way to increase your floss dispensing while reducing the overall dimension. The greatest benefit comes from placing a larger amount of floss into a smaller space, as with the Glide and Dr. Fresh dispensers. Remember to add a Floss Window to your refillable floss dispenser.
I will leave you with this thought;
Prices will Rise,
Prices may Fall.
Less is More,
When you're on the Ball.
I am satisfied with the results.
Hear advice, and receive instruction, so that you may be wise in your latter end.