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Because I’m weird, I’m going to start documenting all the various soap dispensers I encounter. Some of them raise a lot of questions.

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This one is on the better side of typical. Close to the sink, full of soap, functional. The only improvement would be if it was touchless.

Another pretty standard one. Also this is at the local VA so technically, we all own this!

Same model but different color way (and this is at another VA, so like...does each facility decide the colors? Different states? I just want to know.)

The Platonic Ideal of soap dispensers — clean, full, and dispenses foamy soap touchlessly.

I encountered one more soap dispenser today but there was another man at the sinks at the same time I was and men’s bathroom etiquette is opaque to me in a lot of ways still, but I’m p sure if I pulled out my phone to take a picture I would be Making It Weird.

Reviving this thread because I encountered a variety I haven’t seen before

Very unclear what “sealed air” is supposed to convey tbh

A classic! And yet I don’t see this kind that often in the field.

You know it’s a fancy place when their soap dispenser is ~branded

The less common push-dispense kind (this one is called Endure...bleak)

I did it, I finally found another example in the wild of the soap dispenser that prompted this thread in the first place!

I have MANY questions. The branding. The “flavor” (??) choice. Even the color tbh. I can’t show you in a photo but it smells almost exactly like that raspberry body mist B&BW sells that all my friends who stripped in college used because they said it made men tip more.

This is a lot for a hand soap.

@courtney I'd just be grateful the gentleperson was washing their hands at all given the horrors I've seen in there

@microwavenby I’ve developed a very specific “dude REALLY??” cough and facial expression to shame cis men into taking the TWENTY EXTRA SECONDS to wash their hands. It only sometimes works, but. Sometimes!

@courtney i had been polishing my scathing looks my whole life and never got a result in that context..
Frankly i never wanted to be in that set of loos in the first place though; it probably detracted a bit 😅

@aparrish @wayward @courtney I thought the logo was the signature of someone whose name starts with R

@courtney this is a good thread, but the amount that soap dispensers mystify me _utterly pales_ in comparison to the amount that modern paper towel dispensers and hand driers mystify me.

@courtney yeah, unsure why 'stale' is a word you'd want to cannote

@whoisgina @courtney Defend Foam reminds me of the grocery chain that used to be in my neighborhood, Compare Foods

@courtney really questioning the matching flesh tones on this one

@hunkychungus did they match the wall to the dispenser, vice versa, or is “very ill white person” just a universally available color? We’ll never know.

@courtney it would be less jarring were it not for the chub-en-scrote form factor

hygiene, stupid soap dispenser question 

@courtney
Dumb question but why does it need to be touchless? You're loterally rouching it to put soap on your hands so you can wash them?? Like if they're literally about to be washed why does touching it matter?? It's not like a tap you have to touch after washing...

hygiene, stupid soap dispenser question 

@certifiedperson a good and reasonable question! My speculative guess is that the soap in these dispensers only kills so much, and since I’m often in hospital or care facility settings, the odds of encountering something that basic soap and water won’t destroy is higher.

But also yes, it is mostly a gimmick.

hygiene, stupid soap dispenser question 

@courtney
I'm of the understanding that soap literally just washes the bacteria / viruses off of one's hands? (With the antibacterial ones killing some too)

I suspect they may just be a gimmick to make the place seem more hygienic because one has to touch fewer things.

@abrahms oh it would! But instead it’s just this thread.

@courtney my bathroom soap dispenser is a lewd human body part that is a fond reminder of when I lived in the Castro in San Francisco.

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