Refill Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap Dispenser to Save Money and Reduce Waste
The Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System is an exciting new kitchen or bathroom accessory which offers the convenience of an automatic world at a very affordable price. However, with normal usage the refill soap can begin to make a dent in even the most frugal shopper's budget.
However, like most home products with expensive refills, the Lysol Healthy Touch hand soap containers are easy to refill. While the process is simple, refilling the device without the proper precautions will lead to a mess or even worse - a broken soap dispenser.
This article discusses how to refill the soap containers, provides guidelines for choosing what to refill them with, and discusses the many precautions which must be taken to avoid damaging your Lysol No-Touch or wasting soap. If you are still deciding whether or not to buy an automatic soap dispenser, read our guide to learn more about the new Lysol No-Touch.
Dissatisified? Give it a second chance.
After reading the responses of people who have tried the Lysol No-Touch, the operating cost and the concept of the device have received a lot of negative feedback. Instead of giving up on the product entirely you can still enjoy its convenience while saving some money by buying the Lysol Healthy Touch refills less often.
Use only Lysol Healthy Touch Refill Canisters
Lysol Healthy Touch refills are specially designed to allow the soap to be extracted and to prevent leakage when the canister is removed. Never try to puncture or alter the refill canister and do not attempt to use refills designed for other products. Doing so could damage the internal components or cause soap to leak, causing damage to the dispenser and other nearby items.
Lysol Healthy Touch hand soap is the perfect soap for this dispenser
The Lysol Healthy Touch soap is very thick, but other household liquids such as concentrated dish soap are much thicker. The gear and plunger system which dispenses the soap is calibrated to the density of Lysol Healthy Touch soap and any thicker liquid can cause the plunger or plastic gears to fail or break. Thinner liquids will cause less strain on the mechanical parts but may be more likely to leak internally, damaging the electronics.
Opening the Lysol Healthy Touch Refill Canister
Some consumers may desire to reduce waste by refilling the canister with Dettol or other antiseptic hand soap or to thin the Lysol Healthy Touch soap by adding water. Doing so may save money over using a new Lysol Healthy Touch refill every time especially if you reduce the amount of soap dispensed, but cannot be done without some risk of damage to the device or refill canister.
The plastic lid can be carefully removed with a flat tool such as a butter knife. Without twisting the lid, the tool can be fully inserted in the front of the refill and then pivoted to either side to pop off the lid. The wide mouth of the plastic bottle makes it easy to pour the soap out, mix in a little water to thin it out, and return the soap to the container. The lid must snap tightly onto the refill container or the soap will leak.
The Lysol Healthy Touch refill containers, as well as the original plastic packaging, are made with recyclable #1 PETE plastic. PETE plastics can be recycled by nearly all recycling programs which makes it easy to limit landfill waste.
Opening the refill container is likely to damage the soft plastic
that is used to hold the lid in place. In the event that the refill
canister is damaged, buy a new Lysol Healthy Touch hand soap refill and
remember to recycle the damaged container. Using a damaged refill
canister could very easily cause the soap to leak.
Never refill a canister more than once; they are designed for one use cycle only and prolonged use of the same container could cause buildup on the leak prevention gasket, resulting in a mess and wasted soap. It is best to have a spare brand new Lysol Healthy Touch refill on hand at all times.
Choosing a Refill Soap
If you live in a country which sells Dettol Antiseptic Soap, this product should be the best replacement for the original Lysol Healthy Touch canisters. Otherwise, any replacement soap must be the same density or thinner than original Lysol Healthy Touch hand soap. Use of soap that is thicker or contains particulates such as exfoliating sand or moisture beads will cause the dispenser to lock up. Re-opening the canister to thin the soap increases the likelihood of breaking the plastic that holds the lid in place.
You may be able to greatly reduce the operating expenses of your automatic soap dispenser by purchasing a large refill bottle of soap and two Lysol Healthy Touch refills rather than four original Lysol refills.
Which of the following products would you find most useful in a no-touch automatic dispenser?
Did you know? Reckitt Benckiser, makers of Lysol, owns some of the top brands worldwide in a variety of household products. Others include Finish, Clearasil, French's, Dettol, and Woolite.
Beyond Hand Soap
The Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System may be capable of dispensing other liquids such as non-concentrated dish detergent or instant hand sanitizer. Watch the store shelves for the introduction of more refill types which could evolve the usefulness of your Lysol No-Touch.
These alternative soaps have a potential to be more useful when dispensed automatically than standard hand soap. When a dish scrubber is low on dish detergent it would be great to be able to get more soap without freeing up both hands to squeeze a bottle! Unfortunately due to the well-calibrated but fragile plastic gears, attempting to use anything besides Lysol Healthy Touch soap in your dispenser risks shortening the longevity of the device.
How to Videos for Refilling the Lysol No Touch
Check out these videos for some additional tips on refilling the Lysol soap dispenser.
If you happen to have the right tools, there are several alternative methods for refilling the Lysol Soap Dispenser that will also help you save money and time when refilling.
This video shows a popular method in which holes are drilled in the top of the refill canister. This allows it to be refilled quickly without removing the Healthy Touch refill from the automatic soap dispenser base.
Thanks to whybbob for making and sharing this video with us.
This video explains a different technique for refilling the Lysol automatic soap dispenser that, if you are able to buy a large syringe, restaurant-style ketchup squeeze bottle, or something similar, may allow you to get more use out of each original soap refill container. As some readers have noted in the comments, this method may be messier and more time consuming but it is still a nice alternative.
Thanks to Mommy2TwoBoys for suggesting this method and making this very nice video!
The author is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or otherwise associated with the manufacturer of this product. The machine pictured above was purchased from Rite Aid pharmacy.
Lysol® is a registered trademark of Reckitt Benckiser Group. Softsoap® is a registered trademark of Minetonka, Inc. Corporation.