Product Type: Dettol gadgets
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Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Member Name: jjrose
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System
Advantages: good no-touch system to prevent nasty pathogens
Disadvantages: need batteries to run the dispenser, refills are expensive
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.
Summary: It has potential but the price dragged it down
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