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Soap Dispensers: Cost and Hygiene Considerations


Soap dispensers offer managers a series of opportunities related to cost and hygiene, but they also can create challenges. Among the factors managers must consider:

  • Should each sink have a soap dispenser?
  • Should installers mount the dispenser on the wall or the mirror?
  • Should they mount the dispenser through the counter or on the sink itself?


A related decision involves the type of soap any given dispenser uses. Questions to ask:
  • Should managers specify anti-bacterial soap?
  • Should the soap be in bulk so housekeepers can refill the dispenser using a bulk container?
  • Should it be a bag or a box that fits right into the dispenser?
  • Should it be liquid or foam?


In the last several years, hand sanitizers have become nearly universal in facilities as organizations seek to protect the health of visitors and occupants. Among the decisions for manages specifying hand sanitizers is whether to select alcohol-based or non-alcohol-based products, and whether to select a liquid or a moist towel.

In many health care facilities, installers mount dispensers for hand sanitizers in patient rooms and hallways. The dispensers can be wall-mounted or mounted on a stand. They can be touchless in many organizations, which is an important consideration when seeking to further improve facility hygiene.

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