This is something I arranged when we moved to this house, over seven years ago. It's one of the
systems that guests frequently comment about, so I thought it might be worth sharing.
Throughout the house, in the bathtubs/showers and above every sink in the house, we installed liquid soap dispensers.
For the main bathroom that is shared by adults and children, I put two sets: one at adult height, and the other at a height that can be reached by a child from the bathtub. The adult-height set holds my (more expensive, not tear-free) shampoo, conditioner, and some baby shampoo. The tub-level set holds the kids' shampoo, conditioner and soap.
The baby shampoo in the adult-height dispenser allows an adult to reach it to shampoo a child's head, without having to bend over too far.
Advantages of liquid shampoo/soap dispensers:
- No mildew-collecting bottles to clean
- No collection of bottles to wade through in the shower
- Can see how much soap/shampoo is left at a glance
- Can dilute the soap/shampoo in the beginning of usage, allowing for the use of every drop of soap, without a week of shampoo-water at the end of a bottle
- Can buy in bulk, gallon containers of shampoo. Gallon containers are too heavy to put in the shower.
- Uses less
- One hand dispensing
- Since the dispenser is mounted on the wall, can reliably reach for the shampoo with closed eyes
- (Not for the shower, but at the sinks:) Can use liquid soap on Shabbat
- Can refill all the hand soap containers in the house pouring quickly from a bulk container, in a couple of minutes. (Easy to "top off" partially full dispensers)