Touch-Free Devices for Indoor Use

Fixtures and devices that are responsive to motion rather than physical contact are becoming increasingly popular. These benefit not only people with dexterity disabilities, but also people with a fear of germs and people temporarily unable to use their hands because of injury or because they are holding books, groceries, or a baby. Many products are available in touch-free models; in some cases, modifications are available for existing products. Installation of these products is often a good strategy for complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.


Electronic toilet flush valves can replace a standard handle on a toilet or urinal, although they usually have a button or other manual option as a backup. There is usually a three-second delay between the time the user moves away from the toilet and the flush.

Faucets and More

Touchless faucets are readily available. Some products are add-ons that convert an existing faucet into a touchless one. Touch-free soap dispensers and paper towel dispensers or hand dryers are also available. The Versacooler P8ACEE is an automatic on and off wall-mounted public drinking fountain.

Other Devices

  • The Clapper is a popular device for controlling lights or appliances with a handclap.
  • Touchless trash cans will react to movement not only from humans, but also from service animals, some of whom can be trained to put items into the trash.

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