Updated on January 10, 2024


Created on August 27, 2015


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The TippyTap is a hands-free hand-washing station constructed using locally-available materials.

Developed By
  1. Tippy Tap
Tested By
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Content Partners


Product Description

The TippyTap is a hands-free way to wash your hands appropriate for rural areas where there is no running water. It is operated by a foot lever and reduces the chance for bacteria transmission as the user only touches the soap. It uses only 40 mL of water to wash your hands versus 500 mL using a mug. Additionally, the used “waste” water can go to plants or back into the water table.

Target SDGs

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community, Public Sector Agencies

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Anyone can access the online manual on how to make your own TippyTap.

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include EaziWash Station, PedalTap, and HappyTap.

Manufacturing/Building Method

The solution is individually made with local materials.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Any individual or organisation can build a TippyTap using locally available resources. There are numerous online resources and manuals available.

Distributions to Date Status



Wood, rope, water container, gravel

Activation mechanism

Foot pedal

Soap container built-in (yes/no)


Water volume per use (L)

40 mL

Design Specifications

The TippyTap is a simple device for hand-washing with running water. In general, the makeshift device 5 L container with a small hole near the cap, which is filled with water and tipped with a stick and rope. The device is operated by a foot lever, which reduces the chance for bacteria transmission as the user touches only the soap. A gravel bed is used to soak away the water and prevent mosquitoes. When the container is empty, the cap is unscrewed and the container is removed from the stick. The container is then filled again at a water pump and reassembled for use.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Online manuals are available.

Replacement Components

Components can be replaced using locally available resources.



Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Tippy Taps are designed to be simple and economical hand-washing stations, made with locally available materials and not dependent on a piped water supply.

Vetted Performance Status

This low-cost solution has been assessed and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Foodborne and Diarrheal Disease Branch and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. This is reflected in various publications released for public reference.


TippyTap is operated by a foot lever and thus reduces the chance for bacteria transmission as the user only interacts with the soap.

Complementary Technical Systems


Compliance with regulations

This solution is recommended by various organisations in expanding sanitation access in resource limited settings, particularly across Africa (e.g. World Bank's Water and Sanitation Program, Center for Disease Control).

Evaluation methods

This device is evaluated for its reduction in the incidence of diarrheal diseases, adaptability of the technology, amount of water used, and ease of use.

Other Information

Online manuals are available. Generic diagram of a standard TippyTap. Tippy Tap - Akvopedia.

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