Product Type: Dettol gadgets
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Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Member Name: k2705
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Advantages: A nice unit to stand in the bathroom or kitchen
Disadvantages: Way too overpirced for what it is
I recently received a coupon for a Dettol No Touch Hand wash System, when I received it I honestly thought that I would never use it and nearly threw it away as I had looked at these in my local |Tesco and they were quite expensive for what they are. However a couple of weeks ago I noticed that the Dettol hand wash systems were on offer and put together with my £3.00 coupon meant all I would pay for it would be £2.00 so I decided to buy on and see just how good it really is.
The Dettol No Touch Hand wash System came in a large plastic case which allowed you to clearly see the actual hand wash system and the bottle of soap inside, there is a card going around the bottom part of the case which is mainly green and white (although this varies depending on what fragrance soap you choose) which has the Dettol logo on it and also the name of the product written on it, there is also a small picture on one side of a hand using the hand wash system. On the inside of the card are the instructions of how to set up and system and ho to use it. It is quite self explanatory however the instructions are also clearly written with both written instructions and pictures.
The Dettol Hand wash System is basically a white and grey plastic hand wash dispenser, it is quite modern looking so if you have quite a traditional bathroom then this may look out of place. I would say that the hand wash system is quite minimalist looking, it is mainly plain white with a grey top, it has a slit down the front which allows you to see the bottle of hand wash inside, just beneath this is a small red LED light, this flashes when the system is turned on and off to let you know when it is ready to go. On the back oft the system is a small grey on off switch which just slides left and right and a small grey button which releases the bottle of hand wash when it needs replacing. Right at the top of the system is a nozzle which sticks out this has a sensor on the underside of it which recognises when your hands are under it and this is also where the soap is dispensed from.
There is no real setting up when it comes to the hand wash system, all you need to do is insert 4 AA batteries in the back (these are included) and then click the bottle of Dettol soap into the top of the system and turn it on using the switch at the back, that is literally it, it really isn't complicated at all.
The Dettol Hand wash System we brought comes complete with a bottle of Dettol Soap, the fragrance we chose was Hydrating Cucumber Splash, the bottle it comes in is made from a clear plastic allowing you to see the green soap inside with a green plastic flat lid, this acts as the bottom of the bottle and is in fact the bit which clicks into the system, indicated by the small hole in it. The front of the bottle has the Dettol logo on it along with the words "No Touch Hand Wash System" so there is no doubt that it is for use in the hand wash system only. There are also pictures of cucumber slices along with a picture of a hand using the system. The back of the bottle also has a label on it and this contains instructions of how to insert the bottle of hand wash into the system, basically a repeat of what is on the packaging.
The Dettol soap is just like any other Dettol hand wash, it is of a reasonably thick consistency and is a transparent green colour. When I first smelt the soap I wasn't 100% sure about the fragrance, it really did have a strong cucumber smell to it and I really don't like salad, however after using it for a couple of weeks it has grown on my and I do quite like it, it has a clean refreshing fragrance, the smell of cucumber isn't strong on your hands after washing them with it, however they do have a clean and fresh smell to them. Dettol soap is said to kill 99.9% of germs and although I don't know about the exact percentage I definitely think my hands feel thoroughly cleansed after using this soap, it latheres nicely with a small amount of water and was easy to rinse off. It is very gentle on your skin, there is nothing on the packaging to say it is suitable for sensitive skin, however I do suffer with dry skin on my hands in the winter and this soap has not dried them out further or caused any irritation so it does seem quite mild and gentle in that way whilst being tough on cleaning your hands and killing germs.
The ideal of the No Touch Hand wash System is that it is said to illuminates hundreds of germs which you come into contact with every day, the phrase from this product is that "you will never have to touch a germy hand pump again". Now I can see the thinking behind this in that on soap dispensers in public places you do not know who has touched them before you, however within your own home you know exactly who has touched the hand wash pump and if you are anything like me your hand wash pump gets a quick clean with the rest of the bathroom so I don't think my had wash pump has even been particularly germy in that sense. Also with a normal hand wash pump you press it to dispense the soap and then wash your hands so if you have picked up any germs from the so called germy pump then you wash them off straight away. Anyway despite that I do quite like the idea of the pump, I think more because of the novelty factor, you place you hands under the nozzle, the pump makes a small wiring noise and dispenses just the right amount of soap needed to clean them. I do find however if your hands are very dirty or have something which is tough to shift on them you may need two lots so you just need to move your hands away from the nozzle and place them back under to get a second squirt of soap.
The fact that the hand wash system is made from plastic makes it easy to keep clean as you can just wipe over it when you clean your bathroom or kitchen (wherever you choose to have the system standing) The information about this product states that it helps to prevent the spread of harmful germs by promoting effective hand washing, again this is a good idea and would probably encourage children to wash their hands more, however more for the novelty factor of using the automatic system, I do think that you can effectively wash your hands with the use of a regular soap pump, but again that's just my opinion.
As I have mentioned I brought my No Touch Hand Wash System from my local Tesco, when I purchased it, it was on offer for around £4.99 which with my £3.00 coupon meant I spent just £2.00 on it which I think is a bargain and good value for money. However when this product is full price it costs £9.99 for the hand wash system and a 250ml bottle of soap to go in it. Personally I think this is rather expensive and had it not have been on offer and I had a coupon I definitely wouldn't have bought it.
Personally I would to a certain extent recommend the Dettol No Touch Hand wash System, it is a novel way of dispensing your soap and does look good in my bathroom, the soap which comes with this product is of an excellent quality and it is very effective at washing your hands and keeping them clean and fresh whilst killing germs. However I do think that this is very over priced for what it is, I don't agree with all of the Dettol policies about why this product is so good as I personally feel that you can keep your families hands clean and germ free without the No Touch Hand wash System. I like the idea of this and am pleased that I have given it a go, I am hoping that I can refill the bottle which comes with it once it runs out rather than having to buy the expensive refills however I will have to wait and see about this. Overall I would say this is a good idea which is novel but one which is rather expensive and over priced.
Summary: OK for the novelty factor but too pricey
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