I was scrolling through Instagram a couple months ago when I saw the ad for Fohm Co. I almost ignored it. Okay, I get it: “Warby Parker for hand soap” or whatever. But then I looked a little closer and saw the hand beneath the dispenser was actually holding a square of toilet paper. I was intrigued. No ordinary soap dispenser, the Fohm is actually meant for toilet paper; it turns Charmin (or Cottonelle or Seventh Generation or whatever) into “wet wipes” by spurting out a dollop of skin-safe foam.
Curious to try it out, I called in a Fohm Co. starter kit and have been testing it for two months now. To be completely honest, I was secretly hoping it’d be a dud. I didn’t want to write about my wet-wipe experience on a widely circulated website, and I didn’t want my name forever Google-bonded with “wet wipes” but unfortunately, I really like this thing so here we are.
The main question is why you’d use something like Fohm when you could just use wet wipes. Wet wipes are a great solution in a lot of ways, but they have some unintended consequences, mainly stemming from the fact that while they’re marketed as “flushable wipes,” they aren’t so flushable. Unlike toilet paper, they don’t easily break down in the septic system, which can lead to a host of problems. And while it’s a pricier proposition (a pack of wet wipes will cost you about $14 for 336 wipes, whereas a $21 bottle of Fohm solution should last you three months), it’s much better for the municipal sewage system.
With Fohm, you get the best of both worlds: the cleaning power of a moistened wipe alongside the comparatively low impact of toilet paper. The Fohm foam uses the same ingredients that wet wipes use — it’s gentle on the skin and cleans well. The foamy texture means a small amount of solution goes a lot further (like hand soap that’s been lathered versus straight from the bottle), and I found it to be less irritating, too. And let’s be real: an automatic “touchless” dispenser is a lot more visually appealing and hygienic than a plastic box multiple people open and close. I’m definitely ordering a refill whenever I end up running out.
The starter kit comes with the dispenser and a bottle of solution that the company says should last about six weeks. The full-size bottle of solution should last about three months, and you can buy that à la carte or through a subscription.
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