The packaging said "Dries standing up away from germs!" which was ninety percent of why I choose to by this thing. I kinda wish I had looked it over a little better before I bought it. It has a brush on the business end and it is so stiff it is virtually UN-usable. This is one of the worst kitchen items I have ever purchased I am just glad I didn't pay much for it or I would have been really disgusted. The push button for the soap exerts pressure on the soap inside to push it out through a hole under the brush, but you don't need the button because the soap runs out in any position besides straight up. The suction cup base works well on it actually it works too well when you try to take it loose from wherever you placed it, you have a fifty fifty chance of pulling the cap off and spilling the soap from inside. This is a poorly made, poorly designed product I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy, it's just that trashy.