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March 25, 1969 A. w. HOOGE ETAL '3, 434,629
MOUTH WASH DISPENSER I Filed Dec. 13, 1966 &02223013; fill/in 5115603912 %1012126 Z. %aje United States Patent O 3,434,629 MOUTH WASH DISPENSER Alvin W. Hooge and Yvonne L. Hooge, both of 4835 East View Drive, New Orleans, La. 70126 Filed Dec. 13, 1966, Ser. No. 601,390 Int. Cl. B67h 7/28, 7/24 US. CI. 222-88 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Our invention relates to devices for dispensing liquids, and more particularly to dispensers designed for personal use. Usually, a liquidsuch as a mouth wash contained in a bottlemay be taken from a shelf or cabinet, and a desired quantity poured by members of a household--or personnel in an office or business establishment-into a cup or glass kept by each user. Or, where users are very few, a single cup may be kept in a holder alongside the wash stand, and washed before using. In either case the supply bottle is kept separate from the cup; and the latter may not be handy when needed. Also, the use of one cup by more than one person may be unsanitary.
In View of the above conditions, it is one object of the present invention to provide a facility which has liquid and cup dispensing units side-by-side for convenient and sanitary use.
A further object is to provide a liquid dispensing unit which does away with the handling of, or pouring from a bottle, enabling any quantity of the liquid to be dispensed by merely pressing a button.
Another object is to provide a unit immediately adjoining the liquid-dispensing unit in which stacked paper cups may be stored and removed singly from the bottom for individual use whenever desired.
A still further object is to provide a supply of mouth wash liquid which is self-connecting with the liquid dispensing unit when deposited therein, for an immediate flow of mouth wash liquid when the button is pressed.
Another object is to employ a conventional bottle for the liquid supply whose mouth contains a seal when the screw cap is removed, such seal being punctured when the bottle is inverted and deposited in the dispensing unit for the supply of liquid to the same.
An important object is to construct the novel dispenser along lines of neatness and Simplicity.
A better understanding of the invention may be gained by reference to the accompanying drawing, in which:
FIG. 1 is a front elevaton of the dispenser, on a reduced scale;
FIG. 2 is a similar view-approxirnately half of actual size-in section;
FIG. 3 is a section on the line 3-3 of FIG. 2;
FIG. 4 is an enlargement-in section-of a receptacle shown in the left-hand lower portion of FIG. 2; and
FIG. 5 is a partial section on the line 5-5 of FIG. 4.
Referring specifically to the drawing, denotes the housing of the dispenser, which may be made of plastic material for durabilty and maintenance in a sanitary condition. The housing is open at the topor may receive a suitable closure--and extended with a back plate 10a 3,434-,629 Patented Mar. 25, 1969 formed with key-Slots 10b for suspendng the dispenser from nails or hooks on a wall.
On the inside, the housing 10 has a pair of cylindrcal compartments 12 and 13 side-by-side. The compartment 12 receives a bottom plate 15, secured by screws 15a, while the compartment 13 has a pair of led ges ll3a in the bottom.
A liquid dispensing unit rests on the bottom plate 15, the upper part of the unit being a rubber receptacle 17 in which the mouth of a bottle 18 containing the mouth wash liquid may be inserted in the manner in dicated in FIG. 2 to assume the position shown in FIGS. 3 and 4. As was mentioned previously, the usual screw cap of the bottle (not shown) is removed before the bottle is inverted and lowered into the compartment 12. A clearance 12a is made in the top of the compartment 12 for the convenient insertion and removal of the bottle 18; and FIG. 2 shows that the mouth of the bottle is covered. by a hermetical seal, such as a waX paper disc 184.
The lo'wer part of the dispensing unit is in the fonm of a base 20 containing a well 20a in which a metal tube 22 is deposited. :In the center of the compartment 12 the tube threads into an elbow 22a. Above the latter is a vertical screw 23 formed with a center bore 2311 and a large hexagonal head 23b at the top. The screw first passes in down ward direction through a center botto mopening in the receptacle 17, then through a rubber Washer 25, finally threading into the mouth of the elbow 22251. The tightening of the screw therefore creates a sealed passage from the receptacle into the tube 22. The screw head 23a has a chster of upward barbs 23c, as shown in FIGS. 4 and 5.
The outer end of the tube 22 carries a conventional dispensing valve 27-of the type used for water coolersand operable by a push :button 27a. The front wall of the compartment 13 is made with a bore 13b communicating with the well 20a. Thus, when the dispensin g unit is to be assembled the tube 22 is inserted by way of the bore and 'well to thread tightly into the elbow 22a 'It is now apparent that the deposit of the sealed bottle 1-8 into the cotrnpartment 12 subjects the seal 18a to puncturing action by the barbs 23b as the mouth of the bottle comes to rest on the rim of the receptacle 17, as shown in FIG. 4. This causes liquid from the !bottle to pass to the valve 27 for instant use when the push button is pressed. FIG. 2 shows a stack of paper cups 30= deposited in compartment 13. Thus, the bottom cup may be removed and held under the valve 25 to receive a desired quantity of the mouth wash liquid. While the flow of the liquid from the bottle into the dispensing unit should be free under the conditions described, the receptacle 17 may be made with a side opening 17a serving as a vent.
lt will now be apparent that the novel dispenser has a number of advantageous features. First, it locates both the mouth wash dispensing unit and the cups for obtaining a quantity of the mouth wash together, so that the user does not have to obtain mouth wash in one place and reach or look for a cup elsewhere. Further, the dispenser does away with the need of handling a bottle every time mouth wash liquid is needed, and the possibility that the bottle may be dropped or liquid spilled :by careless handling. Further, the supply bottle is only handled once, and in the sealed state, so that it cannot spill during its deposit into the dispenser. Further, the punctnring facility is in a rubber receptacle which guards against the escape of liquid into the bottom of the compartment 12 in case a slight amount of leakage occurs as the seal is punctured. F urther, in case the dispensing unit gets out of order or requires cleaning or inspection, it is an easy matter to unscrew and remove the assembly of the valve 27 with the tube 22, and remove the screws 15a. The bottom plate 15 and the assembly of the receptacle 17 may now be lowered and the dispensng unit brought into full View, for such attention as it may need. Finally, the dispenser is of solid Construction, and built to render efiicient service; and it may be designed along ornamental lines to render an attractive appearance.
Having thus described our invention, what we claim 1. A liquid dispenser comprising a housing with a Vertical compartment open at both top and bottom. a removable dispensng unit in the bottom of the Compartment as a closure therefor, and With a receptacle for seating the neck of an inverted bottle containing the liquid, removable supporting means for said unit, the mouth of the bottle covered by a fragile seal, means in the receptacle bottom puncturing the seal on said seating, a liquid-dispensing conduit extending in a later-al direction from said seal-puncturing means to the exterior of the housing, and said seal-puncturing means being a fiat screw head with an Upward cluster of barbs, and the screw bored to communicate with said conduit.
2. A liquid dispenser comprising a housing with a Vertical compartmeut, a dispensing unit in the bottom of the With an upward cluster of barbs, and the screw bored to inverted bottle containing the liquid, the mouth of the bottle covered by a fragile seal, means in the receptacle bottom puncturing the seal on said seating, a liquid dispensing conduit extending in a lateral direction from said seal-puncturing means to the exterior of the housing, the receptacle being perforated in the bottom for the downward passage of a tubular screw, said seal-puncturing means comprising a flat head for the screw With Upward barbs for puncturing the seal, an elbow receiving the screw in one end, and a washer carried by the screw between the receptacle and the first-mentioned end of the elbow.
3. A liquid dispenser comprising a housing with a vertical compartment, a dispensng unit in the bottom of the compartment with a receptacle for seating the neck of an inverted bottle containing the liquid, the mouth of the bottle covered by a fragile seal, means in the receptacle bottom puncturng the seal on said seating, and a lquid dispensing conduit extending in a lateral direction from said seal-puncturing means to the exterior of the housing, an elbow incorporated in said liquid dispensing conduit, said seal-puncturing means communicating With one end of said elbow and the inner end of the conduit screwed into the other end of the elbow.
4-. A liquid dispenser comprsing a housing with a vertical compartment, a dispensing unit in the bottom of the compartment with a receptacle for seating the nec-k of an inverted bottle containing the liquid, the mouth of the bottle covered by a fragile seal, means in the receptacle bottom punct uring the seal on said seating, a liquid dispensing conduit extendng in a lateral direction from said seal-puncturng means to the eXterior of the housing, a base in the !bottom of the compartment supporting said receptaele, puncturing means and conduit, and a plate closing the bottom of the compartment, the removal of the plate and the conduit allowing the receptacle, puncturing means and base to be lowered out of the compatment. v
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,228, 836 6/1917 Schulse 222-457 1,248,705 12/1917 Pogue 222-83.5 1,979,323 11/1934 Felesina et al 222r-88 X 2,013,32.8 9/1935 Wiswell 222-86 X 2,l35,378 11/193'8 Allen 222-835 ROBERT B. REEVES, Primary Exam'ner.
H. S. LANE, Assistant Exam'ner.
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