Automatic dispensers use motion sensors to release the product, such as soap and paper towels, held within the container. Automatic dispensers prevents contamination and the spread of germs in public facilities.


Automatic dispensers use infrared wavelengths, most commonly seen as a beam of light. Movement, such as the wave of a hand, breaks the beam thus signaling the dispenser to release the product within. Automatic dispensers are normally set to dispense a specific amount of product but can be set to stop dispensing when movement ceases.


Although soap and paper products are the more common types of automatic dispensers, automatic sinks and hand dryers are becoming increasingly popular in public facilities. Automatic sinks, toilets and dryers use the same method as other automatic dispensers. With a wave of your hand or other body parts, water and warm air are released or the toilet flushes without touching anything.


Automatic dispensers are becoming increasing popular in public restrooms. Because many people are in and out of these areas regularly, using automatic dispensers minimizes the risk of spreading germs by touch.