The Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System is an exciting new kitchen or bathroom accessory which offers the convenience of an automatic world at a very affordable price. However, with normal usage the refill soap can begin to make a dent in even the most frugal shopper's budget.
However, like most home products with expensive refills, the Lysol Healthy Touch hand soap containers are easy to refill. While the process is simple, refilling the device without the proper precautions will lead to a mess or even worse - a broken soap dispenser.
This article discusses how to refill the soap containers, provides guidelines for choosing what to refill them with, and discusses the many precautions which must be taken to avoid damaging your Lysol No-Touch or wasting soap. If you are still deciding whether or not to buy an automatic soap dispenser, read our guide to learn more about the new Lysol No-Touch.
Dissatisified? Give it a second chance.
After reading the responses of people who have tried the Lysol No-Touch, the operating cost and the concept of the device have received a lot of negative feedback. Instead of giving up on the product entirely you can still enjoy its convenience while saving some money by buying the Lysol Healthy Touch refills less often.
Use only Lysol Healthy Touch Refill Canisters
Lysol Healthy Touch refills are specially designed to allow the soap to be extracted and to prevent leakage when the canister is removed. Never try to puncture or alter the refill canister and do not attempt to use refills designed for other products. Doing so could damage the internal components or cause soap to leak, causing damage to the dispenser and other nearby items.
Lysol Healthy Touch hand soap is the perfect soap for this dispenser
The Lysol Healthy Touch soap is very thick, but other household liquids such as concentrated dish soap are much thicker. The gear and plunger system which dispenses the soap is calibrated to the density of Lysol Healthy Touch soap and any thicker liquid can cause the plunger or plastic gears to fail or break. Thinner liquids will cause less strain on the mechanical parts but may be more likely to leak internally, damaging the electronics.
Opening the Lysol Healthy Touch Refill Canister
Some consumers may desire to reduce waste by refilling the canister with Dettol or other antiseptic hand soap or to thin the Lysol Healthy Touch soap by adding water. Doing so may save money over using a new Lysol Healthy Touch refill every time especially if you reduce the amount of soap dispensed, but cannot be done without some risk of damage to the device or refill canister.
The plastic lid can be carefully removed with a flat tool such as a butter knife. Without twisting the lid, the tool can be fully inserted in the front of the refill and then pivoted to either side to pop off the lid. The wide mouth of the plastic bottle makes it easy to pour the soap out, mix in a little water to thin it out, and return the soap to the container. The lid must snap tightly onto the refill container or the soap will leak.
The Lysol Healthy Touch refill containers, as well as the original plastic packaging, are made with recyclable #1 PETE plastic. PETE plastics can be recycled by nearly all recycling programs which makes it easy to limit landfill waste.
Opening the refill container is likely to damage the soft plastic
that is used to hold the lid in place. In the event that the refill
canister is damaged, buy a new Lysol Healthy Touch hand soap refill and
remember to recycle the damaged container. Using a damaged refill
canister could very easily cause the soap to leak.
Never refill a canister more than once; they are designed for one use cycle only and prolonged use of the same container could cause buildup on the leak prevention gasket, resulting in a mess and wasted soap. It is best to have a spare brand new Lysol Healthy Touch refill on hand at all times.
Choosing a Refill Soap
If you live in a country which sells Dettol Antiseptic Soap, this product should be the best replacement for the original Lysol Healthy Touch canisters. Otherwise, any replacement soap must be the same density or thinner than original Lysol Healthy Touch hand soap. Use of soap that is thicker or contains particulates such as exfoliating sand or moisture beads will cause the dispenser to lock up. Re-opening the canister to thin the soap increases the likelihood of breaking the plastic that holds the lid in place.
You may be able to greatly reduce the operating expenses of your automatic soap dispenser by purchasing a large refill bottle of soap and two Lysol Healthy Touch refills rather than four original Lysol refills.
Did you know? Reckitt Benckiser, makers of Lysol, owns some of the top brands worldwide in a variety of household products. Others include Finish, Clearasil, French's, Dettol, and Woolite.
Beyond Hand Soap
The Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System may be capable of dispensing other liquids such as non-concentrated dish detergent or instant hand sanitizer. Watch the store shelves for the introduction of more refill types which could evolve the usefulness of your Lysol No-Touch.
These alternative soaps have a potential to be more useful when dispensed automatically than standard hand soap. When a dish scrubber is low on dish detergent it would be great to be able to get more soap without freeing up both hands to squeeze a bottle! Unfortunately due to the well-calibrated but fragile plastic gears, attempting to use anything besides Lysol Healthy Touch soap in your dispenser risks shortening the longevity of the device.
How to Videos for Refilling the Lysol No Touch
Check out these videos for some additional tips on refilling the Lysol soap dispenser.
If you happen to have the right tools, there are several alternative methods for refilling the Lysol Soap Dispenser that will also help you save money and time when refilling.
This video shows a popular method in which holes are drilled in the top of the refill canister. This allows it to be refilled quickly without removing the Healthy Touch refill from the automatic soap dispenser base.
Thanks to whybbob for making and sharing this video with us.
This video explains a different technique for refilling the Lysol automatic soap dispenser that, if you are able to buy a large syringe, restaurant-style ketchup squeeze bottle, or something similar, may allow you to get more use out of each original soap refill container. As some readers have noted in the comments, this method may be messier and more time consuming but it is still a nice alternative.
Thanks to Mommy2TwoBoys for suggesting this method and making this very nice video!
The author is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or otherwise associated with the manufacturer of this product. The machine pictured above was purchased from Rite Aid pharmacy.
Lysol® is a registered trademark of Reckitt Benckiser Group. Softsoap® is a registered trademark of Minetonka, Inc. Corporation.
Mary Jeter on June 29, 2018:
I have three of the No Touch Dispenser after I replace each with new containers and new batteries neither one works. They want do nothing. Help.
Linda S on February 07, 2015:
Great suggestions. Lysol charges just too much for the refills, though I do like the product. Thanks
Yvon on February 17, 2013:
Kitchen dispenser refills are being sold everywhere - Where are the original bathroom refills?? Walmart? There is none of their stores in certain areas, and not everyone drives. The Rite Aid's now carry only the kitchen styles. What's up with that?
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on February 03, 2013:
Nice, I like the charming co-star on that video!
Denny on February 02, 2013:
Just found nice modification.. and this very nice and easy i think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAuMbdyJt2I
Denny on February 02, 2013:
in my case i drill my bottle on top using round drill bits so the hole is bigger and easy to refill just pour in and for the caps just use a cork as the the stopper
Carol on November 26, 2012:
Thanks for all of the info. I purchased my Lysol No Touch at a community garage sale for $3.00, and wasn't looking forward to buying the expensive refills. I also don't like the cucumber scented soap. Now I can refill it with the Soft-soap scent that I like. Thanks, everyone!
Kari on April 30, 2012:
Thank you for the hints. I just bought 3 for 99 cents each! Now I can refill them for cheap, too.
Brenda on June 23, 2011:
Filled the hole with silicone on mine. Works!
Danika on May 22, 2011:
I didn't read all of the comments to see if anyone else has suggested this but what I did was just drilled a hole in the top, but instead of putting tape over it, I bought a cheap squirt gun and removed the little cap thingy (the ones that have a little piece of plastic attached so they don't fall out of the whole) and just stuck that in.
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on March 16, 2011:
Thanks for sharing that video whybbob. I added it to the How To Videos section of the article so that others can find it :)
whybbob on March 15, 2011:
Here is a video showing the hole drill method. Once the 2 holes are created, refills take 10 seconds or less. Hope this helps!
cbrown666 on March 10, 2011:
Thanks for the info. I have just modified my fourth bottle (I have 5 dispensers). I prefer using a 1/2" drill bit and #4 cork. I just drill one hole in the top (clean out the insides by flushing water) and place the cork in. I can refill while the bottle is still attached (empty or not) using a funnel that fits in the hole and a bottle of refill soap (soft or antibiotic from Sam's). Takes a minute or two to refill.
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on February 28, 2011:
Yes yong, the Dettol No Touch system is the international version of the Lysol USA branded No Touch dispenser. Glad you like it!
yong on February 28, 2011:
I did't see any problem with this thing so far...and mine is DETTOL No Touch..is this gadget same with yrs?...it is nice and bring much convenience..
Fran N on February 07, 2011:
Thanks for the info. We did just as you said and it worked great!! We have 5 kids so we use allot of soap!!
Thanks so much!!!
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on January 28, 2011:
That's good to hear, I'll have to check Target, it's about time to buy a new refill canister and I certainly haven't seen lower than $2 yet.
Has anyone tried the new "Aloe Vera & Vitamin E with Moisturizers" Healthy Touch refill from Lysol? If you can find it in stores, I think this may be their answer to the cries for a more mild fragrance!
Dragon DeAwesome on January 28, 2011:
Butter knife trick worked well. Wouldn't mind paying the redonkulous refill price (as much) if the soap didn't smell terrible. That cucumber junk could gag a maggot. Yeech. I got the refills (all cucumber -.-) for 2$ on clearance at Target and I SERIOUSLY regret it >.<
Thanks for the tips, I was debating chunking the whole system, now I don't have to :)
cathy on January 26, 2011:
just filled my soap dispencer by putting the top into some boiling water and counted to 20. the lid just
twisted right off.
Stacy on January 23, 2011:
The best way is to use a plastic ketchup bottle( The Dollar Tree has the squeezable plastic kind). Make sure to insert the tip of the ketchup bottle all the way in the hole and put in your own soap. I refuse to pay 3.49 for a refill each time. Not only is it expensive it is a waste of plastic for each new refill.
rottenrotty on January 11, 2011:
I think hand lotion would be a perfect item for automatic dispensing.
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on December 04, 2010:
Thanks Andrew, that is very similar to the method posted by salad200 a few months ago. Anyone interested in that method should read the comments for further suggestions to ensure that the procedure is done carefully and with minimal risk of damaging the hand soap refill or the Lysol soap dispenser.
Andrew R. Morris on December 04, 2010:
I refill mine by drilling a hole in the top (bottom) of the bottle and using a funnel to put cheap soap into it. I have also drilled a very small hole beside the larger hole to allow air to escape during filling. I sealed the two holes I made with the sticker that comes on a new bottle. You could also use some kind of tape to seal the new holes in the bottle. Works great. Quick and no leaks.
During use, air gets into the bottle through a cigarette filter-like device in the bottom (top) of the bottle. When sufficient vacuum builds up inside the bottle, air bubbles form as air enters the bottle and rises up. This is normal.
cathy on November 16, 2010:
i just read that if u put the cap of the soap dispencer in boiling water for about 10 seconds u can just pop the top right off.
they also said that u can use it on swiffer cleaning dispencer i am going to try that.
Walter on October 14, 2010:
Wow! This page has become a wonderful resource for the Lysol No-Touch. . . Thanks everyone for your input!
I am on my sixth "Pop-the-Top" refill now, and everything is working fine. It's a nice method because it is so easy just to pour the soap right in the top.
Mommy2TwoBoys's video is a great asset. It provides much insight into the "Syringe Method." I like it, and will provide feedback if I decide to resort to trying it.
I am most interested to see Faith provide us a video of the "Bottle Method." I would like to see how that works as compared to the "Syringe Method." It seems they are along the same lines, but I would hesitate to assume they are similarly easy. A video would definitely aid in this assessment.
I look forward to seeing further updates on this page. Thanks everyone!
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on October 09, 2010:
Yeah I like AFullCup but mostly just use it to get ad previews and matchups for the coming weeks, it is amazing how much money we can save by couponing. No children yet so I have to limit my couponing to only things that my wife and I can use or give to our families. Still, it's a great feeling to save 50-95% on every grocery trip (thanks to Giant Eagle's double qs, fuel perks, etc) and to actually /make/ money on almost every trip to Rite Aid! :)
Thanks again for sharing.
Mommy2TwoBoys on October 09, 2010:
No problem. Again, sorry for the delay in making the video... I intended on doing it right away but things are so hectic sometimes. I'm glad I found the post again and was able to do it. Also, the referral link is for AFullCup.Com. I don't get anything (at least at this time or that I know of) for someone joining through me, it just allows me to see if someone signs up under me. It's a free couponing website I fell in love with! My first full year (2009) using the site saved me $43,005.60! So I tend to try and get people to check it out if they have an interest in saving money/using coupons. :) Again, hope the video helped and is easy for everyone to refill cheaply!
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on October 09, 2010:
Mommy2TwoBoys thank you for coming back, what a nice video! I have added your video and affiliate link to the article.
I think you're right, frequent use would probably keep it from gumming up like Steve Graves' dispenser.
Mommy2TwoBoys on October 09, 2010:
OMGosh! I'm so sorry. I totally forgot about doing the video and was doing a search and ran across my old post here from 3 months ago. I just set up my webcam and did a refill to show y'all what I was talking about. It's super easy... you only have to buy a syringe for a few bucks and your refill soap that you choose. In the video, I forgot to say that it does get harder to push it in as the bottle fills more... simply push in a little and pull back to take out some air to equalize the pressure. I hope this really helps everyone.
P.S. You get 6.5 Lysol refills from 1 56 oz. Softsoap or Equate refill. I use both and have never had a problem with it clogging up. We also have 4 people living in the house and it gets used frequently... not sure if that would make a difference or not.
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on October 07, 2010:
Interesting, was it gummed up on the dispenser nozzle, like a solid plug, or do you think it was inside the dispenser? I've noticed that too with hand pumps, the cheaper soaps tend to gum up into solid plugs if they're not used every day.
Thanks for the feedback Faith and salad200. If you want more photos of salad200's drill and cork mod you can click his/her username and take a look at the "original frugality" hub.
Steve Graves on October 07, 2010:
Well I put in the Equate soap with no problem. UNTIL about ½" of use and then it gummed up the pump royally!!
Put in a regular Lysol refill, forced to pump about a dozen times and now it's working fine.
I can get the refills at BJ's for under $3, so I'm going to go that route.
salad200 on October 06, 2010:
Like jerry said, I find the easiest method of refilling is just to take a cordless drill, and start with a smaller bit in the indent already in the top of the refill bottle. Took a 2nd larger and then a 3rd larger bit and drilled in the same location until I had a hole I thought was big enough to jive with the squirt spout on my Jergens SoftSoap refill bottle or any other that I might buy as a refill soap. Just remember to do this when your original lysol refill bottle is completely empty and then rinse it out well and drain it after drilling to remove and plastic bits that might get caught in the valves or dispenser opening. After that, refill it with said Soft Soap or any other liquidy viscous type soap, and place a craft cork in the top where you drilled. See photos on my hub: http://s3.hubimg.com/u/3908002_f520.jpg
Faith on September 25, 2010:
Walter. I understand your concern. However, there is no risk to disturbing the seal. The seal was made to have something put in it. If you look at the unit, there is a port (I don't know what else to call it) that fits into the seal that dispenses the soap, so when the soap container is in the unit, it's being penetrated the whole time by this port. The tip of the applicator bottle is approximately the same size or smaller than that port. It fits in easily. I didn't have to force it at all. I have had no problems with it leaking at all so far. I will inform you if that changes. Ed seems to have had success with it as well. It's true that you have to purchase the applicator. It's something that I already had around the house. But, for $2.69 that's not a bad cost when you think about all the money you save on having to buy Lysol refills. Like I said, I've had great success with it but will update you all if that changes. Good luck to you all!
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on September 23, 2010:
A new article has been created to help troubleshoot problems with the Lysol No Touch dispenser, check it out here!
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on September 23, 2010:
When the Lysol No Touch light blinks constantly, simply clean off both contact points for the sensor beam. That is the red cover over the beam reflector, where the light is, and the sensor itself which is on the underside of the dispenser arm. The sensor is the clear plastic circle closest to the end of the arm. Once cleaned carefully (you may need to use a cotton swab), dry off the sensor and turn the Lysol soap dispenser on again. The light should stop blinking and soap will be dispensed again.
Linda on September 22, 2010:
Has anyone had a problem with the dispenser STOPPING working? I bought two (then I spray-painted one cuz I think they're kinda ugly. Looks GREAT!); the unpainted one stopped working when I changed the refill. The red light flashes constantly; nothing comes out. Help?
ED on September 17, 2010:
Thanks for the information, Faith. I stopped at my local Sally's and bought the applicator you suggested for $2.69. The applicator bottle was just over 8 oz, so if fit the perfect amount of soap to refill the Lysol container in one pass. It probably took me less than 2 minutes beginning to end. And there was absolutely NO mess! (I filled mine with Target brand soap.)
Walter on September 14, 2010:
Just as an update, I have found the "syringe" method to be completely unmanageable. I think this may possibly be what Faith is suggesting also.
In order to employ that method, you must push in the rubber stopper on the top of the Lysol refill. This requires an inequitable amount of precision.
I have found that popping the top off is much easier. Then I can simply pour the soap of my preference into the container, pop the top back on, and continuously use the dispenser.
I have refilled the same container three times in a row using the "pop the top" method. Every time I have attempted the "syringe" method, I have both wasted soap, and risked disturbing the seal that makes the dispenser work.
I will consistently contend the "syringe" method (as suggested by Faith and others) until DETAILED instructions as to how to achieve it (without spills or puncture) are given.
Otherwise, simply "pop the top" by inserting a kitchen knife at the back of the container, twist it to one of the sides, and push up. Then repeat on the other side. The top comes right off.
I have found no simpler way to refill it. Additionally, it requires no purchase of additional products, as Faith suggests. Also, it does not require the risk of puncturing the rubber seal as any "syringe" method would entail.
Nate-Texas on September 10, 2010:
I like this dispenser since it cheap and I my kiddo likes using it. I tried refilling it with Method gel soap, since I prefer plain soap over antibacterial soap. I think it is mentioned somewhere that the gel soap is "too" thick and leaks out. It did for me. Also, maybe I damaged the seal in the top when popping it off. So with the same top, I am now trying the Method Foaming liquid. So far, it doesn't seem to leak out of the dispenser. Unfortunately, you have to make sure your fingers are all together or it will leak through your fingers. (thus, not kid friendly). Also, it is amazing that Target doesn't carry the plain (Sweet Water) Foaming Soap refill packs (BBB does).
Anyway, I am fairly happy with this dispenser. I, like many, do not like the strongly scented/antibacterial soaps.
I hope sometime soon that Lysol makes a foaming dispenser.
Everyone write them!:)
Faith on September 07, 2010:
Hi. I have the perfect solution for refilling these containers and it only takes 5 minutes. I use this bottle which I purchased at Sally Beauty Supply. http://www.sallybeauty.com/Long-Tip-Applicator-Bot...
This has the perfect size tip to fit in the hole. You DO NOT have to pry the cap off at all. The tip fits perfectly in the hole!
And I refill it with Equate hand soap refill bottles from Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Equate-Refill-Antibacter...
This soap was the perfect consistency. So, don't mess around with drilling holes or prying the cap off. This only takes minutes and saves $$.
NurseNancy on August 27, 2010:
I have also refilled mine (several times each) using a generic soap from a discount store. The soap I get is $2.50 for a quart. So far, I haven't encountered any problems.
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on August 22, 2010:
Agreed, it is very disappointing that they are still only offering those same 3 scents and also still only antibacterial hand soap!
Lookingformore on August 22, 2010:
I just wish they would come out with new scents like vanilla, apple cinnamon, lavendar, just something different and also hand sanitizer....that would be helpful in our basement when my husband is working on cars b/c there is no sink down there....
Walter on August 03, 2010:
Thanks for the reply fritteritter! I think I may have figured it out. If I did, I will be sure to update everybody here and let them know how I did it.
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on August 03, 2010:
Walter, I haven't been able to find it. I think I know what she is talking about though.
With a plastic syringe you can probably push in the rubber stopper in the top of the refill container far enough to squirt in the refill soap. I imagine you would need a fairly large syringe in order to make that process not entirely tedious, not really sure where to find something like that.
It sounds like the one she bought may have been too big so she cut the syringe nozzle at an angle to let the soap out. I don't recommend that method, but it could be convenient if you already had the supplies.
Walter on August 03, 2010:
Hey thanks everybody for all this input!
Did Mommy2TwoBoys ever post that vid? Her description was rather vague otherwise. It be nice to see it in action :)
Pete on July 21, 2010:
Great idea on the refill bit. I really like the Lysol dispenser but their soap is awful smelling ! At least the original 2 scents. I am going to buy the new one and I hope it smells better. Their (Lysol) soap has to be the worst smelling hand soap I ever used (works good / smells bad !) --Pete--
Robby on July 12, 2010:
we have these at each sin of our house, and I bought one refill, and decided to try popping the cap off the old one (would have gotten thrown away regardless) and I did this well before reading this article. needless to say, the top pops off fairly easy, filled it with the bulk softsoap or whatever it was we had sitting around, and then popped the cap back on, and works just like new. There is no reason to drill a hole and funnel it in, the cap pops right off.
just my $0.02
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on July 04, 2010:
Mommy2TwoBoys thanks for the tip, that sounds very easy for those who want to get some supplies to do the job! I was reading the afullcup thread yesterday and it sounds like a lot of you have found syringes or similar to be very effective :)
Let me know when you make your video, I would love to showcase some alternatives.
Mommy2TwoBoys on July 03, 2010:
I was just reading how others refilled their containers and I think the way I am doing it is MUCH easier. I went to my local Kohl's Pharmacy and purchased a 60 cc irrigation syringe for a few bucks. I cut a notch into the end of the syringe (one on opposite sides) so when pressed against the stopper in the refill, it has a route to escape. I also use the Equate refills to refill my Lysol container. I found I get about 10 refills per bottle, quite the savings! I will make a video tomorrow to show how I refill it and make the notch. It really is easy!
jnlesis1 on July 03, 2010:
Wow! I'm not a big fan of disposable products, so your idea to make something disposable reusable is terrific. Keep up the good work.
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on June 26, 2010:
Steve, thanks for the tip! That makes for a great deal especially if you have $5/1 Lysol No Touch coupons or whatever else is out there. I recently saw a lot of $2/1 Lysol automatic soap dispenser coupons hanging on Lysol toilet bowl cleaner products.
Steve G on June 26, 2010:
Costco this week is featuring two dispensers and four soaps for only $17.50!
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on June 22, 2010:
David, thank you for the information, it's good to know why the machine behaves differently on NiMH! It's not too disconcerting to see the light blinking - definitely worth the savings (although recently between Rite Aid sales, the Target dollar bin, and coupons it has been easy to get free alkalines).
DavidMassey on June 22, 2010:
In reference to the NiMH batteries, they are typically about 1.35 to 1.40 Volts right after being removed from the charger then the voltage gradually settles down to about 1.20 Volts (nominal). A typical alkaline battery starts out new at about 1.6 Volts and most designers of electronic devices use 1.0 to 1.1 Volts as a "battery dead" voltage level. So when your NiMH battery reaches 1.2 Volts the circuitry is probably blinking the LED to let you know that the battery is about to die but for NiMH that is not the case. In summary, the circuit is designed based on using alkaline batteries which have a higher voltage to start with and when you use NiMH instead of alkaline the circuit doesn't know this and falsely indicates a low battery.
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on June 19, 2010:
Ryan, unfortunately the pump system is not mechanically capable of dispensing different amounts. It is just a plunger, like a syringe, which fills a well with soap and then pushes it out. In order to change the amount of soap we would need a replacement gear and plunger with a smaller offset.
The only way I have found to make it dispense less soap is by inserting a sponge in that well to take up some of the available volume. Instructions here: https://discover.hubpages.com/living/Lysol-No-Touc...
It probably is not worth the effort though, there is a lot of trial and error involved - if you refill it with different soap or water down the original soap you can achieve less wasteful use of the Lysol No Touch dispenser but even then it is a lot of soap for tiny hands.
Ryan on June 18, 2010:
How about a dial or something to control the amount dispensed? I bought it for my 2 year old and potty training. It dispenses way too much for her and its a waste of product. I will be drilling the hole in the top of mine as well!
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on May 31, 2010:
Coley that's a pretty good price, where did you buy it?
coley on May 31, 2010:
Thanks for the great ideas everyone. Got my dispenser for 2.99. Would like a cheaper way to refill as well. Now I have one.
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on May 25, 2010:
Thanks for the comments jerry. I've been trying to get a good deal on the grapefruit soap as well, but no luck. I am glad to hear that the dispenser is actually stronger than others on the market.
What type of batteries do you use? I use hybrid NiMH rechargeable batteries which drain more slowly when not in use than regular rechargeables. Normal NiMH batteries last about 2 weeks and the hybrids last about 2 months (with only very light use). Regardless of how long it lasts, however, that red light starts blinking about 1 week after adding any freshly recharged battery. Any suggestions?
jerry on May 25, 2010:
I took the simpler approach. I waited until the Lysol container was empty, drilled a small hole in the top, put a funnel in, and poured in Dawn with Olay (softer hands but still gets the grease) - WORKS PERFECTLY ! Put a piece of clear mailing tape, clear duct or gorilla tape, looks seamless. I can now use the bottle for as long as the dispenser works.
I also worried about the "vacuum" problem, but there isn't one. The Lysol soap dispenser is so good I threw out all the other (lousy) $20 automatic soap dispensers I have because none of them can handle anything thicker than water or purell.
This Lysol dispenser is powerful - heck, buy this product just for that and it's a deal ! With a $5 coupon and bought from WalMart I got the dispenser and soap for $4.99 !!! Now I can refill it with any liquid soap/lotion I want. I do have to say the Lysol grapefruit was wonderful, but no one seems to stock it....
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on May 10, 2010:
Thanks to everyone who has participated in the poll! After 3 months of voting and 43 individual votes, 30% of readers would prefer their Lysol No Touch Automatic Dispensers to dispense instant hand sanitizer, 28% prefer hand soap, 21% for dish detergent, and 21% toothpaste.
Lysol has not yet released any new refill options. Unless you refill the soap yourself, you are stuck with Cucumber Splash, Ginger and Green Tea, or Grapefruit Essence antibacterial hand soap.
Corrina on May 10, 2010:
Thank you all for the suggestions. I need to get rid of this gawd awful smelling cucumber crap that comes with it.... want to put my own soft soap NICE smelling stuff, lol... but didn't want to break the lid.
sisi on April 04, 2010:
drilling a hole is a very good idea. jut need a cap to cover it. like cork
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on March 23, 2010:
Terri, it does in fact have a mechanism to allow air to bubble up into the container to prevent forming a vacuum. If you take a look at one of the photos in the Opening the Lysol Healthy Touch Refill Canister slideshow you will see a white circle on one side near the center. That is a small rubber piece that allows air in through a small hole but prevents soap from leaking out.
The soap tends to bubble for a few minutes after each use.
Terri on March 22, 2010:
Has anyone experienced a problem with vacuum forming at the top of the bottle as the product is depleted? If it happens it would show in the amount of soap dispensed and there may be a popping sound. I'm wondering if there is a built-in prevention from this ocurring. If I notice it happening in my dispenser, I will burn a tiny hole in the top (bottom of bottle) with a straight pin to relieve it.
lovebees on March 11, 2010:
I refilled mine using a very small syringe, the kind that doesn't have a needle (pull out the push part) given to me by my pediatrician for measuring medicine and inserted it in the hole at the top where the soap is dispensed and then I used a
dropper (the ones you use for your kids medicine) and pushed the soap through the small syringe into the bottle. It may have taken me 5 minutes but next time i'll time myself and make sure. Refilled it with dial aloe mosturizing hand soap. My son has agreed to do the task each time it needs refilling. The dispenser works great!
fritteritter (author) from Ohio, USA on March 01, 2010:
Michelle, I think I saw a video of someone who did that, thank you for the comment. I cannot recommend any modifications like that but it shows that there is always more than one way to solve a problem!
Michelle on March 01, 2010:
Someone said to drill a hole in the top of the soap container and refill it using a funnel....then just put a small piece of tape over to prevent dirt from getting in or the soap from drying out....sounds like a good idea to me!
xdolphin222 on February 24, 2010:
Thanks for the info for removing the lid. Worked great. I refilled mine with Equate (Walmart) brand liquid soap and it worked just fine. But I am cheap enough to try to refill it more that twice though.