Introduction: Lysol No-Touch Soap Dispenser Refills

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A couple of years ago, my wife and I first saw these "no-touch" soap dispensers at Walmart and thought we'd try one out. Originally, they cost $6 for the dispenser, 2 soap containers, and cheap batteries - now, they are almost double that for just the dispenser! Soap refills are also pretty expensive, running between $3 and $5. For that price, you could get a huge bottle of soap. I love using this thing when I am cooking and my hands are covered in bacteria awesomness, but I hate having to buy new soap refills. Although they aren't meant to be reusable, I realized that with a bit of effort, one could easily open these things up to refill them with pretty much whatever you want.

Step 1: Getting Started

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The only tool I used for this was a flat head screwdriver, so you might want to go find one of those first. 

To start, turn off the dispenser (switch located on the back) and eject the soap container. The original dispensers had an actual eject button on the back that you could push to release the soap. The newer models don't for some reason - I'd assume to reduce manufacturing cost and increase the need to buy new units when the old ones break. In that case, you just have to yank it out and hope you don't break the soap container lid.

Step 2: Drain the Remaining Soap

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Chances are, the soap container is not 100% empty, only adding to the wastefulness of not reusing these things. Once you have removed it from the dispenser, flip it over so the left over soap all runs to the other other side. This will prevent it from spewing out when you open the lid. Let it sit until all of the soap has drained to the opposite end from the lid. I'm sure you can find something productive to do in the mean time... maybe vacuum the carpet or clean a few windows.

Step 3: Breaking In

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Holding the container in one hand, carefully wedge the tip of the screwdriver between the container and the lid. Keep wiggling it up into the gap until you have something to pry against. Then, slowly, pry the lid off of the container. Be careful not to cut the plastic lid or puncture the container. 

Step 4: Refill the Container

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You should be able to add any liquid soap to the container, although, I would stay away from anything too thick or the kinds that become foamy. Although the electric pump in the dispenser is not that different from the manual pump found in normal soap dispensers, so whatever works in one just might work in the other.

In the image, I am using Dawn dish soap; however, I have also used Equate hand soap among other things.

When the container is full, put the lid back on. First place it over the opening and then firmly push down. It will take a bit of force to ensure it is locked in place.

Step 5: Install the Container

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With the soap container full, you can re-install it on the dispenser. Just place it in the bay and push down until you hear it latch into place. After turning the dispenser on, it may take a few primers before anything comes out of the pump. Just keep activating the sensor until you get a stream of soap.

Step 6: Stay Sane

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Since I had two of these dispensers, I decided to put dish soap in one and hand soap in the other. To keep them straight, I wrote on the soap containers with a Sharpie. The next step is to install a no-touch water faucet. Without it, you need to keep one hand clean to operate the faucet or you are just moving bacteria around anyway.

Comments

NickB117 (author)2016-02-27

Nice Article here is my quick 1 min video on Hack - Lysol Hands Free Soap Dispenser - Cheap soap Refill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grGGutINbZQ

OldBird51 (author)2013-04-10

I have drilled a hole in the topmost part of the soap bottle so I can wash it out and refill easy and finished it off with a rubber grommet...

danneauxs (author)OldBird512013-07-26

Same idea, but I didn't have a grommet. I cut the top of a water bottle and hot glued it over the hole.

ddonchev made it! (author)danneauxs2015-11-20

And I just 'rediscovered hot water' just as you :D

https://www.instructables.com/id/Refill-hac-for-aut...

Awesome. I am planning to do the same thing when my current supply runs out... which I think is about to happen! This would definitely be easier than breaking into these bottles every time.

Nice. I might have to try that...

Jennifr1966 (author)2015-09-28

I can't thank you enough! I thought I was going to have to throw away my automatic face cleaning one's, because-get this-their soap went bad! Sadly, I've already thrown away the regular, automatic hand soap one's, But I saw three other day that Walmart has then on sale for like $4. Great price for something we now know will last!!! (Again, thank you!)

Awesome! Glad to help.

Jennifr1966 (author)2015-09-28

PS You know that Swiffer mop, the one you have to buy new bottles? Guy can refill then, too! Let me know if you want me to do a how-to on here, unless already done! Anyway, I use my Keurig to pour the perfect temperature water into a big, glass coffee cup (no longer used to drink out of), turn my soap container upside down to soak about a minute, grab a cloth, then easily unscrew it.
The tough part is lining up the 2 holes with the machine. But I also don't store the container in my mop, spout-side up, so no risk of drip.

Jennifr1966 (author)2015-09-28

PS You know that Swiffer mop, the one you have to buy new bottles? Guy can refill then, too! Let me know if you want me to do a how-to on here, unless already done! Anyway, I use my Keurig to pour the perfect temperature water into a big, glass coffee cup (no longer used to drink out of), turn my soap container upside down to soak about a minute, grab a cloth, then easily unscrew it.
The tough part is lining up the 2 holes with the machine. But I also don't store the container in my mop, spout-side up, so no risk of drip.

bachterman (author)2015-08-18

i poked a nice round hole to the top with a hot iron tube, and that's it. instant refill hole.

This can work, except...
1. It looks ugly.
2. Anything else can also get into the hole (snot, bugs, water splash)
3. If the bottle falls over, the soap will leak out.

I don't typically like holes to be in things.

it's your project. and my opinion. ;)

Fair enough!

CaraWedd (author)2014-12-08

Worked like a charm! I had a hard time finding the replacement refills and didn't want to order them and paying shipping charges. Did a google search and came across your instructable. Thanks!

Glad it worked for you.

RajS3 (author)2014-09-20

Glad I found this site and the comments below it.

marellin (author)2014-09-03

I have been trying to find Refills for my auto soap dispenser. NO way are they around anymore to be easily found. You can find them for $10 a piece!!!!!!!

So this morning in looking for refills because I love this thing that much I found this man that found away around having to buy them and tells you step by step and if I did it then you are on your way. It's an OMGGGGGG!!!!!!! Now I can fill it with whatever I want and not have so spend the money.

If you have these for dishes or for hands please take his steps and he is very very specific. He has a lot to guide you through but it would really only be 3 or 2 steps.

I don't know who he is but AWESOME and THANK YOU! Another aggrivation solved! So take a look and you will be glad you did.

Lysol No-Touch Soap Dispenser Refills

rchanter (author)2014-01-26

I did this the other day and works great.

kariswg1 (author)2013-10-25

I drilled the hole in the top too, and it works great. Easy to refill, and won't wear out the inside connections, taking them apart each time to refill.

turbonegro (author)2013-04-10

Had one of those it went crazy and pumped everything til it was empty
Now i have half a dozen of these http://www.ebay.com/itm/Automatic-Handsfree-Sensor-Soap-Sanitizer-Dispenser-Touch-free-Kitchen-Bathroom-/221074848229?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item33791679e5
Very happy with them

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