This Smart Soap Dispenser Times Exactly How Long You Should Wash Your Hands
The past two years of living during a global pandemic have taught us many things, perhaps most of all how to keep healthy habits and maintain good hygiene. A basic step to both starts with frequently washing your hands, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends following five steps every time you do: Wet your hands with clean running water, apply and lather hand soap, scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, rinse well, then dry your hands using a clean towel.
Of course, you can count the 20 seconds by humming the "Happy Birthday" song twice as the CDC suggests, but there's actually a smart electric soap dispenser by Amazon that will do the job (and more) for you. The company's clever gadget makes washing hands just that tiny bit more enjoyable, according to reviewers, and one even called it a "must-buy for anyone."
To buy: $55; amazon.com.
All you have to do to activate the no-contact dispenser is place your hands under the nozzle. It detects the placement of your hands and adjusts the amount of soap it provides from three levels. The lower you place your hands, the more soap it'll automatically give you. To get even more soap at each pump, you can double press the power button to increase the amount of soap for all three levels.
Once it pumps out the soap, the dispenser will automatically start counting down with a 20-second LED light timer. Amazon Echo device owners can connect their smart assistant to the dispenser to create a custom Alexa routine, so you might hear Alexa play your favorite song, a new joke, or a fun fact the next time you're washing your hands. You won't have to worry about it frequently losing power, either: The smart soap dispenser—which holds 12 fluid ounces of liquid soap—will last for three months after a single recharge. Just don't fill it with foaming hand soap or hand sanitizer.
An Amazon shopper was actually "surprised by how delightful this product is," adding that it's a great motivator to wash your hands for the proper amount of time. They even said the best part is that it gets their young child to wash her hands, "something she routinely complains about."
Others enjoy that since it's a smart, hands-free dispenser, it keeps germs away from any surfaces that dirty hands might frequently touch. It's "great when you have raw meat and bloody hands and don't want to contaminate the sink water faucet handle or knob," wrote a reviewer.
Who said that good hygiene habits need to be boring? Shop Amazon's smart soap dispenser to make this necessary, everyday habit a little bit more fun.