Traditional liquid or foam soap dispensers are manual, working from a mechanical lever or handle that allows the user to manually dispense soap. The automatic soap dispenser operates from a mechanism that does not require touch. Usually these dispensers work from an electronic eye that reads motion. When the user places their hand under the electronic eye, the dispenser automatically releases soap, usually in a small, single use amount.
The automatic soap dispenser first became popular in public restrooms as a result of economic and health related concerns. The automatic dispenser prevented the over use of soap, making expenses associated with providing soap to patrons of public establishments less expensive.
The health related and cleanliness concerns associated with the soap dispenser are also a driving force in their common use in public establishments. The automated nature of the dispense keeps users from having to place their hands on any part of the device, preventing the buildup of bacteria and germs and decreasing the chances of spreading disease and infectious agents.
Automatic soap dispensers also reduce the chances of overuse of soap. Spills are less frequent, as users need not push a manual lever, pump or handle to get soap. The single use quantities dispensed by automatic mechanisms prevent users from over filling their hands with soap and dripping excess on bathroom countertops, limiting the need for cleaning residue from surfaces.
Further reducing costs and need for cleaning can be found in dispensers that don’t use liquid soap. Liquids are more prone to spills. For this reason, the automatic foam soap dispenser has become one of the most popular models present in public restrooms. Many restaurants also include these dispensers in their kitchen facilities for employees, further reducing the chances for spreading disease.
The health and wellness benefits of the automatic soap dispenser have become clearer over time as people have come to realize the potential for spreading disease and infectious agents as a result of unwashed hand contact. Even the small contact of unclean hands on the level or pump of a manual soap dispenser presents a health hazard. Using an automatic dispenser lessens the risks.
As a result of better understanding of the spread of bacteria in particular, many homeowners have chosen to use the automatic soap dispenser as well. Manufacturers have begun to produce models that are intended for private and personal use. Smaller models are now readily available for inclusion in home bathrooms and kitchens.
The automatic hand soap dispenser can easily be placed on the countertop in your home bathroom or kitchen. Wall mounted models are also available. The wall mounted variety can easily be installed in bathroom showers or near tubs and can be used to hold hand soap, liquid body wash, and even shampoo or conditioner. Some models feature multiple compartments for holding various bathing products.
While industrial or commercial dispenses often use foam soaps, the automatic liquid soap dispenser is most common for personal or home use. Liquid soap can be purchased in large quantities, usually available in a bulk sized bottle. The bottle can easily be stored in the pantry of in a cabinet under the kitchen or bathroom sink. Refilling the dispenser is easy, and purchasing liquid soap in bulk is much cheaper than buying single bottles of soap for your kitchen and bathroom.
The automatic soap dispenser has become a standard for public and private restrooms and kitchens. Seldom is bar soap ever present in home or commercial facilities these days. The health benefits of automatic dispensers are clear. The economic benefits of using an automatic dispenser are a strong force in their use by businesses as well. Thrifty and health conscious individuals also recognize that their use in the home is important.