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my daughter first bought one of these hand wash systems a few months ago ,so i thought i would try it too. it has a nice smell and with it being dettol i feel i can trust it to do its job properly. everything was going well with it, until one day i came home from work to find the dispenser practically empty with all its contents in a large puddle all over the work surface. i couldnt understand what had happened, i wasnt too pleased obviously. i rang my daughter to tell her and she then informed me that it happens quite frequently with hers , it seems the touch dispenser part of it is extremely sensitive, and if you are not careful when using it you can inadvertantly set it off after you think you have finished using it. if like i must have done, have used it and turned away you will not see what is going on and hey presto if you go out all your contents have gone. so my review on this is i am afraid it is too costly to keep using, until the manafacturer solves the problem i will not be purchasing it again.
We have one of these in each of our bathrooms. They are very cheap at £5.99 and the soap solution smells really nice and fresh. I have noticed that there are a variety of different non touch systems on the market and our first one was a Supermarket home brand one. The Dettol system is by far and away superior to the other ones that we have tried. The soap solution lasts about two weeks and the refills are little more than buying a pump action soap with dispenser.
The wipe clean surface of the dispenser is very easy to keep free from dust and fingerprints. I just wipe it over with a damp cloth and it stays in pristine condition.
Having said this, there are a couple of disadvantages to this system.
1. The sensor under the dispenser that tells the machine to dispense soap when a hand is place under it, is VERY VERY sensitive. The problem with this is that if someone leaves a scrunched up flannel underneath it, it just keeps dispensing and dispensing until it is employ and you have a sink full of soap.
2. Children are fascinated by it and an 'off' button would have been useful last weekend when my young grand children were visiting!!!
It seems that these days we've been bombarded by the idea of trying to be clean and free of bacteria / pathogens as much as possible. I have seen many adverts about anti-bacterial gel and other plethora of anti-bacterial products. I have seen this Dettol No-touch hand wash being advertised so many times before and I though it is a very nifty idea. I am very sensitive to bacterial and fungal infections and I always try to look after my hygiene. Therefore when I saw this product on offer at Boots, I decided to try it.
When I bought this No-touch hand wash system, it was retailed for £5.99, reduced from £11.99, so I thought it was a good buy. The product comes with the main no-touch soap dispenser, a refill pack and AA batteries to power the dispenser. The one I bought is called 'Cucumber hydrating splash'. The packaging is quite difficult to open if I'm being honest, even with the use of scissors and a bit of swearing. However, I managed to get it open. The no-touch soap dispenser itself is quite a good size, and goes quite well in our bathroom. It has a tiny, narrow transparent window to let you know how much soap is left.
How does it work? It's a no-touch system so you just have to put your hand under the dispenser and tiny amount of soap will be dispensed. The good thing is there's no dripping and the amount dispensed each time is not too little or too much. So, in terms of being an anti-bacterial product, it has a good idea. However, it don't think it helps that I still have to touch the tap for water. When it comes down to it, it really is an exercise in futility. It would obviously work better if your bathroom has a sensor tap of course.
The disadvantage of this product is the sheer price of cash that needs to be followed up to keep using this product. Firstly, it runs on two AA batteries, and although it lasts for quite awhile, they still needs to be replaced in the future. Also, the soap refill: the empty soap container cannot be refilled with just any soap. I had to throw away the empty and buy another refill, which is retailed around £3.00 but it may be on offer occasionally. Each refill lasts for 2-4 weeks depending on how many people are in the house really. In the long run, this is worse than buying a cheap printer and then have to splash out on ink cartridges afterwards.
Overall, I do like the idea of no-touch hand soap system, it really seems like a waste of money when the anti-bacterial protection is lost as soon as I have to touch the tap to turn on the water. If the price is comparable to normal hand soaps that are usually sold for £1.00, then I would go for this. Otherwise, I am impressed and disappointed about this product at the same time.
I'm a clean, neat and tidy person. I am a bit overly clean when it comes to washing my hands. I like to know my hands are clean and fresh. I cannot abide sticky or messy hands. Caring for my own needs and my toddlers I have to wash my hands several times throughout the day. I prefer to use liquid soap, as I find it more hygienic and easier to use. I had seen the Dettol No-touch hand soap dispensers when they first came out and thought that they looked a bit cheap with the price being a bit too steep.
I had avoided purchasing one of these units for that very reason. Another factor that put me off was that the refills for the dispenser are ridiculously expensive. This made me believe that you had to buy a new soap container designed for the dispenser each and every time. This made me feel like it would be wasteful, as well as expensive. I like the idea of being able to refill a soap dispenser to save on waste, and cut down on cost. I was unsure whether this would be possible with this product.
>> A bargain buy?
Recently, I had used the Dettol No-touch soap dispenser whilst away from home, and thought it was actually quite good. Seeing as they have been on offer quite a lot recently, I took the plunge and bought one. The automatic soap dispenser I already have in the bathroom cost quite a bit more, but it is ideal for the purpose. I thought the No-touch Dettol soap dispenser would be an okay unit to have, as it was a good price at the time of purchase. The original price of this is around £10, and it comes with a bottle of soap ready for use.
>> Scissors at the ready!
The product comes packaged in that rather awkward plastic that is difficult and frustrating to open even with scissors! A simple box with a hygiene seal would be preferable here. Once removed from the packaging to get started there is a pull tag at the bottom of the dispenser which is to be removed, and an on off switch on the back that is to be turned on. The soap bottle has a sticky label to be removed from the opening and placing back into the dispenser.
>> Not one to be admired
My first impression is that the unit to me is rather cheap and tacky looking. Not something to be proudly displayed in the bathroom. It is constructed from plastic that has a silver Matt finish. The bottle that holds the soap looks like a regular transparent soap pump bottle with a tacky label on it that is still visible once inserted. The bottle sits upside down in the unit, so that the small top is placed inside the unit.
>> Just keep rinsing
A hand is to be placed under the sensor several times to prime it to get started. The soap is then dispensed rapidly onto the hand. Only a small amount is released, which is good to see, as this saves on waste. The liquid soap is thick and creamy, and once water is added it lathers up well. It seems to take a bit more effort to rinse off compared to the hand wash I generally use. The clinical scent seems to remain evident on the hands for some time after, too. I find this a little off putting.
>> More than I asked for
A big downfall to this product is that the soap is incredibly drying to my skin, as well as very irritating. I have found that my skin feels very hydrated, itchy and irritated by the end of the day which feels most uncomfortable. This is rather off putting, and I will not purchase a further bottle of the soap that is specifically designed for this unit. The No-touch operation is handy, as it dispenses the right amount, and is quick and easy to use.
>> Feeling irritated!
My hands have been left in a sorry state by the end of the day, and they feel and look awful. This soap is clearly too harsh for my skin, and much stronger than regular soap. I don't find that it cleans my hands any more than a regular soap. Having antibacterial properties in a hand wash is completely unnecessary. This can only encourage people to believe they need these types of products, when in reality we don't. We have survived without them in the past, and can continue doing so.
As expected the soap bottle which it comes with cannot be refilled, which means a new bottle needs to be purchased every time. The refills are expensive at around £3 a bottle, which is more than a regular liquid soap. This makes it an expensive product, as only the Dettol refills can be used with it. For the low price of the unit it has been okay, as it dispenses the soap as expected, and keeps the dispenser and sink area clean. However, the soap which it uses is far too strong and harsh on skin which is unnecessary. A regular soap cleans my hands just as good, and leaves my hands in good condition, whereas, this soap dries my skin after a few washes leaving it looking and feeling awful.
>> Rinse and refill immediately
Good old soap and water leaves hands clean and hygienic. Encouraging the use of antibacterial soaps can have a negative effect, as it can make us vulnerable to germs. A few germs are needed to remain healthy and to keep our immune systems functioning. Besides, everything we touch has a certain amount of germs on it.
>> Back to basics
For me, I fail to see any positives in this product. It looks cheap, the dispenser is small, and the bottle is tacky. The soap that is designed to use with this product does more harm than good. My hands are in terrible condition from using this soap. I will not be purchasing this soap again, as it is far too harsh and drying, plus it costs much more than regular soaps.
The fact that it contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E does nothing for it at all. The antibacterial properties strip the skin, leaving hands looking and feeling sore. Certainly not good for a family soap, which is what it is geared towards.
I have seen these advertised on TV and in magazines, and I knew it would never be something that I would bother buying. I am very much of the opinion that you need some germs in your life to build up a resistance. I have a couple of friends who are obsessively clean and they are always ill! I like things clean obviously but I do have more important things to worry about!
However, I was lucky enough to be sent one one these to review. I received the dispenser, the soap refill and it came with batteries already in it. I set it up straight away to give it a go.
The unit has an on/off switch at the back so you can turn it off when not in use for a while or when refilling it. A special soap bottle refill clicks in to the unit, it comes with a sticker on the bottom on the soap that you remove and then put the refill in place. Turn the unit on and wave your hand underneath and hey presto soap appears!
I was very happy that the soap came to an abrupt stop as I was a bit concerned you might get that annoying drip after you had moved your hand away thus making a mess. The dispenser itself is quite compact and doesn't take up much more room than say for example a bottle of Carex soap.
The soap that came with the dispenser has an Aloe Vera scent and is very pleasant and they smell stayed on my hands long after washing. The dispenser runs on 3 x AA batteries. I have yet to find out how long these will last, but it is a downside that you keep having to pay to run it. The refills retail for around £2.99 each which is rather more than I care to pay for soap. I have two under twos so I plenty of nappy changes during the day so soap is used in abundance in our house.
The dispenser itself retails for £11.99 I think this always includes one soap refill. I personally would never pay that much for this. To me it is just a gadget and by no means a useful piece of equipment. I will buy the refills for it if I see them on offer, but I won't buy them at full price.
Dettol are a well known trusted brand, and their products are good. This is well made and doesn't feel cheap, and if you hate germs so much you don't want to touch the soap then this is for you.
But can someone please tell me the point of having a no-touch hand dispenser when you still have to turn the tap on and off with your hands?!?!?
When I signed up to this site I decided I wouldn't make reviews for things that already had loads of reviews but for this I think I can make an exception. I can't even remember how it happened but just before Christmas last year this funky little gadget showed up in my bathroom by my sink. In all honesty, it's not that I can't remember but that I don't know. I have absolutely no idea. Either way this machine has had me entertained every time I wash my hands and against my expectations it hasn't dripped soap all over the sink.
Does it work?
Yes, in every way this works and does everything it says on the packaging also it doesn't make soap go everywhere. I feel the question does it work is too vague so I'll break it down a bit more.
How sensitive is it?
Perfectly so. The sensor will pick up a hand easily but isn't so sensitive that if a fly flew under it then the fly would then smell of lemon passion. Although trying to shoot flies with it would be fun then for the easily pleased (like moi) it is enough fun just waving your hands under it and seeing how long it takes to pick up you hand. For those who haven't understood the last sentence It's like waving your hand over a bunson burner trying not to get burnt like you used to do at school(don't lie, you did that too).
What's the soap like?
The soap smells quite nice but really it's just like any other soap. There are about 5 different "flavours" to choose from but what surprised me most is how long each refill lasts. As i said, I have had this since just before Christmas and I have only had to refill it once.
Wait a second, that's not a question. Oh well, back to the review. The dispenser is grey and white with a cool looking sensor that glows red on the front. You an turn off the sensor if you don't want it on and I'm guessing it runs on batteries but mine hasn't run out of power yet so I'm not really sure. I think it looks quite sleek and although the soap doesn't fit beautifully into the dispenser it also doesn't goofily stick out. It looks a lot cooler in the modern bathroom then a bar of soap or squirty bottle.
How big is it?
Well about the height of a loaf of bread and as thick as... about 5-10cm. I'm not great with size but I would say it's about the size expected.
Admittedly there isn't much you can get wrong with a soap dispenser but I would recommend it just because it doesn't waste any soap unlike squirty soap but if you don't have one then there's no need to rush to a shop and buy one. If you see one you ma as well buy it at only about £5.00(maybe a bit more).
Now I see myself as having very hygienic hands, I was my hands many times a day and am constantly concious of bacteria however I do not really see the point in a no-touch hand dispenser. Even if the button for a traditional hand dispenser is full of bacteria, why wouldn't you want to touch it? You are going to be disinfecting your hands with the soap anyway!
Nevertheless, we still have a couple of these in the house although it wan't me who decided to purchase them. We have a pure white one as shown in the picture and also a silvery one, I believe there is also a black one but I have seen no other variations of colour available other than these.
For it to operate, you must supply two AAA batteries and place them in the bottom of it. At first, I was a little worried about this. After all, you are putting an electrical appliance next to the sink. But, even if the work surface was dripping wet and the bottom of the dispenser was similar, none seemed to ever get into the battery compartment thanks to a rubber edging which keeps it watertight. This means that you have piece of mind that you are not going to destroy the dispenser as soon as you start using it.
To have soap dispensed, you simply place your hand under the spout and a small amount of soap will be dispensed automatically. It does this based on change in light and is usually very effective. However I have found issues in high-light situations in summer with the dispenser being next to the window.
The soap dispensed must be Dettol's own branded soap. This soap counteracts the very reasonable price of the dispensers by being about £3 per bottle. I get through one of the Dettol bottles in about a week also so was not very impressed with it. Because of the high maintenance price, we no longer use this. The soap itself is not very good either. It fails to lather very well at all and usually just runs off of your hands - this leads to having to re-dispense soap and this therefore causes you to run out of it even faster!
I'd resisted buying one of these groovy-looking gadgets for long enough, my logical mind insisted that 80 pence would buy me a supermarkets own brand of soap which was much better value than splashing out £10 on this soap system. However, after seeing the unit half price I thought it may look quite smart in my newly beautified kitchen!
It does look really smart, hence my initial (if a little superficial) reason for buying it. It's white in colour, solid in stature and just large enough to hold the soap dispenser without being overly big. I think it looks sleeker than having a soap dispenser and much tidier than having a bar of soap lying around which always leaves a white residue wherever its been laying.
No mess. This soap system really is very tidy. There is no need to be pouring liquid soap into dispensers, and the fact that you don't actually touch the system means it always remains clean with no spills or build up of dried soap, keeping it clean and hygienic.
It's so simple. The most difficult task in setting up and using this system was getting it out of its packaging! It's sealed into a plastic container so securely you'd think it was a toxic substance! After finally freeing the system it is easy. The soap container simply clicks into the top of the unit, batteries inserted into the bottom and it's ready to use. There is an on-off switch on the unit so you can ensure it is switched off while setting it up. It takes literally 10 seconds to put in place.
To wash hands you simply place your hand under the top of the unit and an adequate amount of soap is automatically dispensed.
It comes with batteries. There is no extra hassle of buying batteries as the system is supplied with the necessary AA batteries. No screwdriver is required either, the battery cover simply pops closed.
It smells beautiful. The soap is cucumber scented. I was actually not sure of this before I smelt it as I am not a fan of cucumbers! However, it smells really fresh, even the children have commented on the lovely smell.
The system encourages the children to wash their hands! Perhaps it's novelty, but due to the fact that it is a different and new way of washing they think it's great. I won't complain if they actually want to wash their hands!
It's Dettol! An obvious statement but to me Dettol has a great reputation. Anything that is made by this brand I automatically presume to be of a high standard, anti-bacterial and therefore very safe and hygienic.
The refills are not too highly priced. The system may be expensive to buy initially but I have found the refills at about £1.20 which I thought was quite reasonable.
The price is rather high if it isn't on offer. The full price is £9.99 though many stores are currently doing a half price offer at £4.99. In my opinion this isn't too bad as the initial cost for the unit only has to be paid once and then it is just a case of buying re-fills. The pack also comes with one refill and necessary AA batteries so it is ready ro go. At full price I think it's a lot to pay for a handwash system.
Mine is temperamental. Hopefully this isn't a problem across the board but mine doesn't always work! I guess this is a possible problem with anything mechanical/battery powered. It's very frustrating when I put my hand under it and nothing happens. I then have to go in another room to wash my hands which defeats the whole object of being convenient! An hour later it can work so it really is temperamental.
My daughter came home the other day with a gift for me. It was a Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System and a bottle of Cucumber Splash soap to go in it. I was not that impressed at first but once I had tried it I found it really handy. She bought it on offer at Morrisons for £3 which is a real bargain, as they normally retail at around £6-£8!
The unit is made of plastic, mine is not white like in the picture but silver and looks ok on the bathroom windowsill. It is battery operated and has an on-off switch at the back so you can turn it off if it is not in use for a while. The soap slots into the top and refills are available.
To use the system you simply hold your hand under the spout and it automatically dispenses a blob of soap for you. This means that you eliminate the risk of spreading germs from your hands onto the dispenser. The soap has a lovely fresh cucumber fragrance and keeps my hands feeling soft. It also kills germs like e-coli and salmonella which is reasurring! As the owner of two dogs I spend time every day picking up poop from the garden and it is helpful to be able to wash my hands afterwards without having to touch anything. I now have one in the kitchen as well as the bathroom expressly for that purpose.
The one drawback I have found is that the sensor is extremely sensitive so if you accidentally wave your hand near the unit it will splodge soap onto the surfaces. I found this very annoying when I was trying to clean the unit until I remembered that you could switch the sensor off - duh! I just don't like seeing the soap go to waste in the sink, but other than that it is a good idea and works well.
My partner bought this on a whim in the January sales in Waitrose for £7.99, I didn't have the heart to mention that it was available for £6.65 all of the time on Amazon. But I do think she bought a decent product here.
The idea is that the No-Touch Hand Wash System allows you to dispense soap to your hands without putting germs all over the soap dispenser. To some this is just a waste as you wouldn't eat off of your soap dispenser or use it for anything other than it's purpose, but any germs in a kitchen are harmful so anything that can help eradicate them is worth a go in my book. It is also handy for toilet cleaning, the last thing you want to do after unplugging a U-bend or cleaning the toilet is then turn on a tap that you need to clean also, from this perspective it is very smartly produced.
We got one specifically because the idea of touching raw meat and then handling the soap dispenser always seemed a bit dodgy to us, this takes away any such fears and has given my partner much more confidence in using raw meat and fish in the kitchen. It also stops you having to touch a tap, which is sensible.
The product is easy to set up, you have the refill sitting in the top which makes it look like a hi-tech air freshener but nonetheless it is fine, all in white with a nozzle to dispense soap from it looks ok, but not anything amazing. Putting it together is incredibly simple with step by step diagrams, but it is all common sense stuff anyway.
The product comes with 250ml of hand wash dispenser, this is where my big beef with it is, the hand wash refills cost at the least £3.99 from Wilkinsons for a refill and more elsewhere, as much as I want a clean kitchen, this isn't comparable to handwashes available by big names like Palmolive in the shops for 99p. It leaves you as a slave to fortune and while it does the job you buy it for, it's too expensive to keep using.
The product claims to dispense exactly the right amount of soap, this is bluster I think as a child washing their hands probably wouldn't need as much soap as me, if it can read hand sizes it is incredible, but it seems generous with its servings which just makes it more upsetting when you know if you had control yourself you would release much less soap as you know how expensive refills are. The manufacturers obviously had the same idea!
The best thing about this product is that it does sense your hands and releases soap, the soap is clean smelling with a hint of cucumber. It also requires 4 x AA Batteries, so all in all you are looking at around £8-£10 to buy it, up to £4-£5 to refill it, or you could buy 14 or 15 bottles of Palmolive or Radox handwash and pretty much cover a year or two of handwash. The idea is that these should be in the kitchen and bathrooms, but that's quite a hefty investment for most of us.
It is nice but it's a novelty, until they address the pricing it is expensive for what it really does. If you are terrified of germs or really don't want to touch your tap after handling raw ingredients or cleaning the loo's then buy one, otherwise, do what people have been doing for centuries, wash your hands and carry on.
Society today seems to be overwhelmed with cleanliness and this is something that companies are cashing in on. Why touch an 'unclean' soap pump to wash your hands when you can do it hands-free. For these reasons I'm still undecided on the benefits of this gadget.
Growing up using a manual soap pump never caused me any harm, but they are now looked upon as unclean. It appears to have reached the point that humanity will do anything to avoid bacteria and if anything can be labelled as anti-bacterial, you can be assured it will be visible and well promoted. Does the age old adage of 'Whatever doesn't kill you make you stronger' not exist anymore? Putting this argument aside let us focus on the device.
The cost of the gadget is high (when compared to a normal soap pump). However, this is a one off initial purchase as the soap comes in refillable cartridges which are sold separately. This is where Dettol seek to maximise their profit. The refillable soaps can be extremely expensive but if you shop around you can also get them at more affordable prices. Also, as far as I have seen only Dettol soaps can be purchased for this product, whether a 'like' product becomes available to increase competition remains to be seen. The cartridges are also made in such a way that they cannot be refilled and reused (like an ink cartridge). Therefore the ongoing cost of this product should be considered before purchase
Personally, I think the amount of soap that is dispensed in a single use is far too much. I feel that only half the amount would be needed. Is this a design fault? Or very crafty design by Dettol, due to the refills they offer? That's up to you the consumer to decide before you buy. A major feature that I feel is missing is no early warning, to indicate when the soap level is low. Meaning you are only alerted to the need for a refill, when the soap is completely empty.
After months of using this device, I still haven't found the best location to place my hands, to get the soap to dispense every time. Each time I use the device I feel like I have to place my hands in a different position, however this could be user error. Also sunlight affects the sensor significantly, that on a bright morning I have had trouble getting soap to dispense. So should be kept in a place where sunlight exposure is minimised.
In this final section I want to cover some uses which I believe this gadget would be ideal for. This could be used as a fun device to encourage kids to wash their hands after the bathroom, making it something fun getting to use a gadget. It also has the potential to reduce mess, as manual soap pumps can be unpredictable. It would also be ideal for individuals who may find manual pumps hard to use. Such as the elderly, or others.
Overall the dispenser works well, but is it a necessity to have in your home? Personally, only if you can make it cost effective or it can provide a real benefit. Otherwise it's just another toy to play with.
I hate soap and bits hanging around my kitchen and bathroom sink scumming the place up and looking horrid nevermind unhygienic! Usually I buy liquid soap for a quid or so a time when I need it however I was really lucky the other day to find these Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash Systems in my local Poundland store and another lady looking at them told me she just bought her Mum one for almost £10.00 as she grabbed loads of the shelves so I quickly grabbed two of them knowing I was making a saving of around £18.00!
Everything you need for the complete hand system comes encased in see through plastic and on the front of it we are told what it is and who it is by and that the option I bought is the Healthy Touch Anti-Bacterial formulation and that it kills 99.9% germs 'Cleansing Green Tea & Ginger' and that you get the dispenser, hand wash refill (20ml) and 4 AA batteries. On the back of the packaging we are told a bit about the product and how to set it up and use it and then on the base of the packaging contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough packaging this is.
What you get is a rather large white dispenser with a red light to the front it it and a piece of grey and white plastic to the top of it of which the soap is dispensed from. At the base of the unit there is a very simple to remove panel where we are clearly told how to pop the batteries in the right way (you get 4 unbranded batteries with this as well) and to the back of the unit you get a manual on/off switch. The refill (you can buy these separately) is a large size and you can partially see the top of it when its in the unit and all in all although a large unit it is very well made, you take the label off the bottom part of the dispenser soap and thats that you gently shove it in the unit and away you go. I was really pleased it took me less than a minute to put it together and it was really, really easy.
Now you can leave this dispenser turned on and in which case it will only use the battery when you wave your hand near the sensor light and when it dispenses soap to which it gives you a very decent measure every time of said soap. Or of course if you have little ones about you can turn it off so I think this is great little feature and very well thought out indeed.
Me I keep mine turned off most of the time as I have a habit of making it sense me and dispense not needed soap all the time!
Like I mentioned earlier I have the Green Tea & Ginger variety of this and its a see through rather runny gel like liquid and to me it smells rather aftershavy with a hint of green tea to it and I cant detect the ginger aroma within in but it is really a fresh and clean fragrance this one and the scent lingers on my hands for ages after using it. It lathers up really easily, washes off easily too and knowing its a Dettol product I can trust that my hands are as clean as they feel and look, whats more this stuff is really moisturising in a none greasy way too.
I really love my units, I do wish it wasn't so sensitive to me and went off so much though when I least expected it to however its a quiet enough unit and looks really modern and all in all I love my two and so does my boyfriend who is a real clean freak so thumbs up from us on this one!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have two small children who are always on the go and I want to ensure that they are washing their hands properly with the right amount of soap and that it is anti bacterial.
I have always purchased hand soap however this was being squirted everywhere and the youngest can get soap all over the place as the last was blue it was a pain to clean off .
on a recent trip to my sister-in-laws she had the dettol no touch system which ticked all of my boxes dispenses soap into hand is of course protecting the children and its fun ensuring they want to wash their hands.
What is it?
The dispenser is operated by battery and is a cylinder shape when you place your hands under the spout it dispenses the correct amount of soup, the idea being that you are not leaving germs on the bottle of soap for the next person.
Cost and stockist:
The cost of these is very expensive at just under £10.00 and refills are around£3.00 however they are often on offer and at the moment are under half price in Superdrug at £4.89 see www.superdrug.com
Initially I thought these were an overpriced silly purchase the only use I could see for these would be people who had difficulty with movement in their hands. However I was willing to give this a try as my husband is a builder and was forever get grease and grime on the soap dispenser or the bar of soap and of course the mess that a whole bottle of blue soap can make is awesome and the fact that children need encouragement to ensure that they are washing their hands to prevent such nastiness as worms.
I have to say I think this is one of the best buys in hygiene and in keeping the bathroom tidy I have to say I think it is expensive and I wouldn't pay full price for it however at £4.89 I was prepared to pay this as I hope it will assist in the battle of hand hygiene my bathroom is cleaner there isn't soap all over the place the novelty of washing hands every two minutes is already over so it isn't being over used just used when needed.
I am happy with the purchase but I do think at £3.05 the refills are overpriced hopefully these can be found on offer two overall good for my needsbut three stars due to cost
Purchasing the Dettol No-touch Hand Wash System has really made me wonder. Don't you think we have been absolutely fine dispensing soap from a pump all this time, rather than leaving the job to a machine? I have to admit though, the way it was marketed really caught my attention. Yes, I admit it, after watching the advert and walking past it in the shops for weeks I felt that my life now warranted the use of an automatic soap dispenser. I even remember saying to myself, "If Tesco toilets have automatic soap dispensers, then I need one!" When I brought it home and set it up, I felt a deep feeling of great satisfaction, instantly followed by absolute hatred towards myself. It really hasn't made my life any easier.
When you bring the Dettol system home, you are greeted with plastic packaging, which in the past has brought me lots of pain and anger just trying to get through the stuff. However, to my surprise the packaging was incredibly easy to open, thanks to its simple hinged design. Once you get the product out you are faced with an instruction manual, which in my opinion, seemed totally pointless. The writing was completely ignored and I simply looked at the step by step diagram which told me everything I needed to know. Setting up was easy. Make sure the switch on the rear is in the off position and place the batteries in the battery compartment located on the bottom of the device. Once you have done this, you place the liquid soap container into the top of the device, switch it on and you are ready to automatically dispense soap at your hearts content. Setting up is incredibly easy, if my review was merely about that, this product would have received a 5/5 review. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are just too many negative points to this product which outweigh all of the positives. One of them being, how awkward it is to have in the house. You see, the problem with it is, it doesn't sense a hand as such, but anything which moves in the sensors path. So, you could be innocently tidying in the kitchen around the device, you think you've not set it off and you carry on cleaning, when 3 seconds later you hear it activate. You are now left with a blob of soap just where you have wiped clean. It's not that much of a problem at first, until you go to correct the mistake. You grab and move the device like you would anything else in your home and you set it off again! Unless you constantly remind yourself to turn it off before you move it, you will do this very often. This got that annoying I stopped using it. Before I stopped using it I did have many more problems similar to this which also contributed to leaving it to collect dust.
I purchased mine for £4.99 from Morrisons complete with liquid soap and batteries. At that time it was on special offer and I do believe it normally retails at £6.99. The re-fills are expensive, around £4. I would recommend re-filling the container you received with the device, with your ordinary liquid soap. It will save you money, not a lot but at least you're saving!
Design / Look
Manufactured in plastic and available in "Stainless Steel" finish, which looks like grey plastic to me, and white. I bought the "Stainless Steel" finish but I do prefer the look of the white one. It is a solid piece of kit and doesn't look out of place at home.
This product is nice to look at, seems like a great idea at the time but it will inevitably lead to dissapointment, anger and will become a nuisance, well, it did for me. I would recommend you stick with what has been on the market for years, but, if you really do want one don't waste your money on the re-fills and remember to turn it off before you move it! I give this product an overall rating of 3/5.
~ Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System ~
I bought this quite some time ago now after seeing the advertisements on the telly. I wasn't initially drawn to it if I'm honest as I didn't really see the need for one, but after seeing them for the cheap price of £2 (not sure where, but could have been in Asda?) I decided to get one.
The Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System comes in two colour ways, one being white the other silver and usually I would opt for the silver colour but with this I opted for the white unit. I thought that the silver one looked decidedly cheap and very plastic looking, whereas the white was just quite plain looking.
The unit stands at just under seven and half inches in height (including the bottle of hand wash). The unit is manufactured from a hard plastic, and whilst the main colour is white, there is a silver section running around the top. On the front is a pinky coloured indicator light, this lights up when the unit is switched on but not when it is in use. I think it may light up if the batteries are running low, however I am not sure! Above this is a a hollow line through which you can see the hand wash, this I find handy as I can clearly see when we are running low.
The unit features a no touch nozzle. You simply place your hands underneath the sensor and this allows the unit to dispense a small amount of hand wash into your hands.
Now, I don't actually see the need for a no-touch system, after all you still have to turn the taps on and off therefore spreading the germs as you usually would, I just think that this unit makes me think about these things more!
I think they are great for children however as it dispenses a small amount of soap so it's not being wasted.
I keep mine in the kitchen but they could also be used in bathrooms etc.
The price on the refills for these units is quite steep. I don't buy them, I simply refill my one with a cheaper hand wash, it takes a bit of elbow grease to get the lid off but after it's off, it's quite easy to refill.
My unit came with Hydrating Cucumber Splash hand wash which was very nice and very fresh smelling. I felt comfortable using it before making up my sons feeds as it claims to kill 99.9% of germs.
The unit comes with an on/off switch located on the back and that is also where you will find the eject button to release the hand wash bottle. The battery compartment is underneath the unit. It takes 4 AA batteries which were included when I bought it.
These are currently priced at £9.98 in Asda for the complete unit, and the bottles of hand wash refills are priced at £3.05 each.
Tesco have them on offer at £4.99 for the complete unit with the choice of either white or silver, this offer is valid from 4th June 2012 - 24th June 2012.
You may also find them cheaper in places like Savers, B&M's , Home Bargains and the such.
Thanks for reading :o) x