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This Stylish Automatic Soap Dispenser Makes Hand-Washing Better, Faster, and Way More Fun (Bonus: It’s on Major Sale!)

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As many of us begin to take more frequent trips outside of the house to run errands and meet friends, or for those easing back into entertaining at home, it’s more important than ever to have a simple system for keeping hands clean and germ-free. The first step, of course, is to find a soap you like. And the second? Get yourself a dispenser that makes using your favorite soap that much easier. Take this clever hands-free soap dispenser from Umbra, for example. It has an impressive 4-star rating on Amazon, with several happy customers reporting keeping one in the bathroom and another by the kitchen sink for fast, touchless hand-washing. As an added bonus: it’s on serious sale right now!

As one reviewer shares, “this makes kitchen cleanup a breeze without getting icky hands all over a pump dispenser.” The dispenser has a super-fast 0.2-second motion sensor that drops a portion of soap into hands, rather than a pump design that can spread germs and bacteria. The drip-free spout keeps your sink area clean, so you’re not left with a sticky puddle to clean up. 

According to another customer, the Umbra dispenses a “more than adequate” amount of soap, so you won’t have to hold your hands out for repeat doses. When the sensor detects movement, a blue light turns on, and glows red when the unit’s four AAA batteries are running low. 

Rather than a screw-off top with a drippy pump, a small lid on the top of the Umbra dispenser pops open for easy filling directly into the generous 8.5-ounce chamber. The lid has an on/off button so you can disable the sensor while refilling, and a window on the front of the dispenser lets you view how much soap you have left. If you buy your favorite soap in bulk, eventually you’ll be able to cut down on single-use plastic soap dispensers, plus, you won’t use more soap than you need. And while I don’t have research to back this up, if you’ve got kids at home, they may just enjoy washing up when it involves a fun, touchless dispenser! 

The Umbra comes in black, nickel, and white, so you can coordinate it to match your bathroom or kitchen fixtures. “These are wonderful,” notes one happy reviewer, who adds, “I have one in each bathroom and one at the door entrance with hand sanitizer in it. Love the shape, they fit any décor.” 

Of all the habits we’ve embraced this past year, I think we can agree that routine hand-washing is one worth keeping. So grab this dispenser while it’s on sale, and give your sink-side soap game an instant upgrade! As one reviewer summed it up: “Now everyone can have fun washing hands.” We’ll gladly say yes to that!

Vanessa Spilios


Vanessa received her culinary training at Boston U. and has a background in housewares product development & marketing. When not testing appliances or developing recipes, she spends her time drawing and tending to her small but mighty porch garden.

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