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Soap Dispensers

You can tidy up the appearance of your bathtub or shower by using a soap dispenser to store your soap, lotions, shampoo, and conditioner. These wall-mounted units have individual compartments or use bottles that you can refill with the liquid of your desire.

When shopping for a dispenser, here are some tips:

  • Avoid dispensers that rely only on suction cups. While these are easy to install, they are not permanent, and unless you routinely check, they are apt to lose their suction, come tumbling down, and possibly break or damage your tub. The type that hangs from the shower nozzle provides a much more secure attachment, but requires you to position the dispenser beneath the shower head, which could interfere with a removable shower head's hose. The other type -- designed to be fastened to the wall -- gives you the most flexibility; these use either a permanent adhesive or screws, with the former being the easiest and most flexible and the latter being the most secure. Some dispensers can be attached several different ways.
  • Pick a dispenser that is easy to clean and refill. Units that have removable bottles accessible while the dispenser is still mounted are the easiest to work with.
  • Some units can dispense four or more choices. In general, the more dispensers, the higher the price; on the other hand, having to leave a bottle on the tub because you need one more dispenser destroys the clutter-free look that a dispenser offers, so err on the side of too many choices. An alternative is to use multiple units.
  • It is convenient to have a window to monitor when you are running out, and even more convenient to have a view of the total amount left in the dispenser.

Dispensers come in plastic and stainless steel. The steel versions look very commercial, where as you may be able to find a plastic unit that matches or complements your decor.

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