Cool stuff: Simplehuman sensor pump


After every meal at home, I take Ham’s bib off (if he hasn’t already thrown it to the floor), lift him up, and carry him to the kitchen sink, where I hold him with one arm and use the other to turn on the faucet and pump out some soap. The process used to be easier when he didn’t weight 33 lbs. Now that he does, I find myself wishing fervently for a third arm, a faucet with a motion sensor, and/or a soap dispenser with a sensor.


I can now drive and give the finger totally safely.


I had been thinking of getting a sensor soap pump for a while, but they are quite pricey for what they are, and there are several brands and models out there… and I wasn’t sure if they would prove more annoying than helpful. What if the pump kept dispensing soap when someone just walked by it, or it didn’t quite work, or it went through batteries too fast? But recently my friend recommended the Simplehuman Sensor Pump:


So, I got one, and I love it! Is it gorgeous? No, but its looks will do; it may not make your room more fabulous, but it won’t ruin your decor, either. The dispenser works much better than the ones in public restrooms, you know, when half the time the soap either squirts onto the floor or sink, or doesn’t engage at all, no matter how wildly or seductively you move your hand around. This one never fails, doesn’t drip whatsoever, and the best part is that you can adjust the amount of soap that comes out. If it’s too much, just press the Minus button, and the next time, it’ll dispense a bit less (or press the Plus sign if you think more would be better).

It’s so handy to have one in the kitchen for the after-meal toddler-washing, but I appreciate it most when I’m cooking and have sloppy hands. I can just turn the faucet on with my forearm or wrist and shove one greasy hand under the sensor and not have to muck up my soap dispenser. I can’t yet comment on the battery life (it requires four AAs, which are not included). On the packaging it claims that batteries can last up to a year, but I won’t be holding my breath on that one.

It is not a bargain ($35 for the 8-oz size, when I bought it). But it makes a nice gift; I can imagine it being a good housewarming gift, especially. And maybe you could use that Bed Bath & Beyond coupon that hangs out with your mail every month until it’s time to get recycled. Plus—and this is how I justified the purchase to myself—it is so much cheaper than surgery to graft on a third limb. Not to mention, it’s hard to find arm donors. Which means you’d have to get a cadaver’s arm. And, come on, that is so gross.


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