Serendipitously, almost every single one of our home's soap dispensers (I use re-fillable ones) kicked the bucket or were about to at the same time. When looking to replace them, I was thrilled to find foam dispensers tucked unassumingly among the regular ones at Target, and I bought all the ones they had left. Here's why I'm totally in love with them.
They are pretty. I'd actually been wanting to switch to foam dispensers for a while, but couldn't justify the expense of buying all new ones just to switch systems. I could have begun purchasing disposable foam dispensers, but, among other reasons, I don't like how they look. The dispensers I got are simple brushed nickel, but they blend in as fixtures rather than products and I like that.
They will save so. much. money. To refill the foam pumps, I only need to use one fifth of liquid soap and then fill the rest with water. This of course means that the liquid soap I buy will last five times as long! Yes! This also opens up the possibility of buying the much more expensive stuff that scores well on the EWG site. As is often the case, cost effectiveness and less waste also go together (although this also often involves a greater initial output of funds, but that's a topic for another time). Along with our liquid soap lasting five times as long, we will be discarding our re-fill containers five times less often. Thumbs UP!
They are fun. I told my husband yesterday, "I know it's ridiculous, but I get really happy every time I have to wash my hands with these new pump." I expected a chuckle, but instead I got a sincere "me too" and an echo from my five-year-old daughter, "me too!" While my happiness partially comes from having the type of dispensers I've been wanting for a while, I have to admit that it's also enjoyable to get a perfect amount of puffy white foam on your hand.
Yes, it's just as effective. Especially as we navigate flu season, it's important to consider our personal hygiene habits — along with the effectiveness of our soap. I wondered if soap that's diluted could possibly be as strong as soap that's not, and here's what I found: basically, foam soap takes care of the lathering process for you, so you use less soap and water, but end up just as clean. As Columbia University's Elaine Larson, R.N., Ph.D. puts it, "The purpose of soap isn't to kill germs, but to remove them by friction" (Men's Health). Covering all parts of your hands with the soap is what makes you clean and having the lather ready to go actually makes this easier.
Any new, simple purchases have you really excited?