By Wendy Burnett
Okay – I’ve got to be missing something here somewhere. Can someone please explain to me why it’s so important not to touch the soap dispenser and get germs on my hands?? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m about to wash my hands and remove all the germs anyway, right? If I’m washing them off as soon as I get them on my hands, why does it matter?
This really sounds like a total waste of money to me . . . First I have to buy this dispenser thing for anywhere from $10 to $25 for the “starter kit,” then I have to buy FOUR AA batteries every time those die, plus I have to buy special refills to go in it (at more than 20 cents an ounce) because I can’t use the bulk antibacterial soap refills that I can use in my pump (that only cost about 5 cents an ounce.) Then, because it’s electronic, I have to worry about it breaking and having to buy another one. (If my pump dispenser breaks, I can replace it for less than $5, and I’ve been using the same one for 10 years now.)
I went to the Lysol website and read through some of the comments about this product, and on the first page I saw two questions about the thing not working, and one question about how to keep the light in the hall from making it dispense soap all night without having to turn it off. (And wouldn’t that then require touching it and getting germs on your hands to turn it on and use it? And even worse, touching it again after your hands are clean to turn it off?)
No touch hand dryers and paper towel dispensers make sense to me, I’ve already washed the germs off my hands, and don’t want to put more back on. I’m normally going to find those in a public bathroom where I don’t know who’s been touching things or where their hands have been, so I don’t want to touch anything I don’t have to after I’ve washed. (Even no touch soap dispensers make sense in a public restroom because there may not be any soap in there and I don’t want to add even more germs if I can’t wash them off.) No touch soap dispensers at home don’t make sense – anything I get on my hands from touching the dispenser is going to get washed right back off, and if it’s empty, I’m going to refill it and wash my hands anyway.
I haven’t had a cold or the flu in 6 years, even though my husband gets at least two colds a year. Actually, I haven’t been diagnosed with anything contagious in years, although I have to admit I’ve had bronchitis twice, both times because I was in the hospital and they wouldn’t allow me to take the allergy medication that keeps my sinuses and lungs clear. I’d say that means my pump dispenser works just fine to keep my hands clean, and I think I’ll hang on to all the extra money that fancy “hands free” one would cost me.
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