Product Type: Dettol gadgets
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Look Ma! I'm hands free!
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Member Name: hayley_dl
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Advantages: works as it should, batteries last a while
Disadvantages: refills expensive, may not work with children, bit too big for the bathroom
I have an issue when it comes to soap. I don't like soap bars because of the thought of all those germs collecting on them and soap pumps, although you wash your hands after touching them, still have a collection of germs on the top of them. Yes ok, you're going to clean your hands and get rid of the germs anyway but why touch them when you don't have to?
The idea behind this product is that you can wash your hands "hands free" and therefore avoid touching "germy soap pumps".
The pump itself is white in colour and shaped so that it's slightly thinner in the middle then at the bottom or top. I have this in my kitchen and honestly, unless you have a big bathroom this is probably the only place it would look right as it stands 18cm tall with a refill fitted and so I think it would look out of place in a bathroom.
The pump itself has a sensor on the front and low battery indicator, on the back there is an eject button for the refill and an on/off switch.
Out The Box
The packaging it comes in is that really annoying vacuum packed plastic that is nothing short of impossible to get into.
Once you do (eventually!) manage to get in you find 4AA batteries, a refill (either cucumber or green tea and ginger depending on pack chosen) you also get the dispenser itself.
Putting it all together is simple, the batteries come in a cardboard box so there's none of this faffing around trying to get them out of plastic. The battery compartment on the underside of the dispenser is easy to open and the polarities printed in a way that makes them easy to see. I did find it a little tricky to close the battery door, in that it took a little more force then I'd expected and I was concerned that it might break but this could just be me.
The refill itself has a tamper proof sticker on the bottom which proved easy to tear off and the refill slotted easily into the back of the machine.
The first time you use this you need to trigger the dispenser several times before any hand wash will actually dispense. I assume this is because the wash needs to work its way through the system. Whatever the reason I needed to do this 5-6 times from what I remember and after this initial set-up I have had no problem with it dispensing the wash.
Dettol claim that this dispenses just the right amount needed, this is probably true for an adult. I have, what I consider to be, fairly small hands and find that it dispenses the right amount for me. That said, it also foams up incredibly well and so I can't see that there would be any problems with the wash covering someone with large hands. However, for a child I do think that there would be too much for their hands. Whilst this isn't a major problem it will mean a little wastage each time. It's also worth noting here that every time it dispenses the hand wash it does make a small whirring sound. This isn't particularly noticeable and I've gotten so used to it I don't really hear it anymore. However, it is there so deserves a mention.
The dispenser itself has a window in the front of it allowing you to see how much of the hand wash is remaining. This allows you time to buy a refill before you run out.
In regards to the actual use you simply need to hold your hand a little way below the actual dispenser itself and wait for it to dispense the wash. Again, as an adult I've had no problems using this however I do have to wonder how effective it will be with a child. It's not exactly easy to get children to wash their hands in the first place and using this involves holding your hand still in a certain place and waiting for it to dispense. Maybe it's because I'm doing less (I.e. Not pressing a pump) but it does seem to dispense slower then other washes and I can't help but wonder if a child would have either the inclination or patience to wait.
Cleaning wise, this proves to be no problem. Simply make sure the switch at the back is turned off (otherwise you'll get hand wash everywhere!) and wipe over with a damp cloth ensuring that you turn it back on afterwards.
The batteries also last a long time, I've had mine around a year and it's still going strong. There is however an indicator light that will flash to warn you when they are running low.
There are three refills available: cucumber, green tea and ginger or grapefruit. The grapefruit is only available as a refill and does not come with a dispenser. They always seem to clean my hands well, Dettol claim that they kill 99.9% of germs.
They also all lather up well and feel very moisturising for my hands, I've certainly never found that they dry out my skin. The scents are also all very nice, in particular the cucumber, and the scents all linger on your hands for a little while.
However, the refills are expensive at around £3 for a 250ml refill. Having said that someone gave me a tip in that if you cut a hole in the top of the refill you can then use this to refill the bottle with any wash you choose. I've found this to work well and hasn't made any difference to the use except for reducing my costs in relation to the refill.
As taken from the cardboard insert that comes with the dispenser. Don't place it under running water, place it in the dishwasher or place it in standing water. It should also not be placed in direct sunlight.
Finally, when replacing the refill the dispenser should always be switched off.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
The dispenser and refills are widely available. The initial cost (for a dispenser, refill and batteries) is around £10 in most places, although it can be found cheaper online and ASDA's are currently selling them on offer for just over £6.
I probably wouldn't buy it at full price, however for the lower £6 price then I think this is reasonable. The refills are expensive but given that you can cut a hole in the top of the old refill then this reduces that cost significantly.
I'm going to give it 4 out of 5 stars (although I almost wish I could give it three and a half out of 5!) as I do wish they had a slightly smaller design that would work in the bathroom and due to the high usual retail price of the dispenser. As stated above I also have concerns over how well it would work with children. However, despite this it does work as it should, is easy to both clean and operate and it does eliminate the need to touch soap pumps.
Summary: A useful gadget for the kitchen but a bit large for bathrooms
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