Okay my title might be slightly misleading because obviously at some point you will run out of hand soap, but with this trick it will be a LONG TIME before you do.
A few months back I was refilling the soap dispenser that came with our kitchen faucet, you know, the kind that goes under the counter. Anyways I was pouring the hand soap into the plastic dispenser and I was almost at then end of one of these huge refill containers when I thought to myself, “what’s going on, it should be full by now!” At that point I stopped pouring the refill soap, opened the cupboards to look under the sink, only to realize that it wasn’t filling up because it was broken, and now I had an entire container of refill soap all over my cupboard!
The plastic container had somehow been severed at the top and was completely unrepairable. So my hand soap spout sat empty for months, until one day I was asking my contractor friend where I could get a new one, and he gave me this genius idea.
So what you will need to never run out of hand soap (or at least not run out for a very very very long time) is a large refill soap container,some plastic tubing and electrical tape.
Remove the straw from the underside of the pump, take it into the hardware store and look for this Lead-free Polyethylene tubing (it’s in the plumbing section). Make sure to match it perfectly to the straw. It might even be a good idea to take the actual pump in so you can find the tubing that fits inside it best.
When you get home use a drill bit, the same size as the tubing, to drill a hole in the top of the refill soap container.
Next drop the tubing down the soap dispenser hole to measure how much you will need.
Once you’ve cut the right amount put the tubing inside the pump and drop the pump back into the whole.
Before you can use the soap dispenser you need to make sure it’s an air tight fit. This is a 2 person job, you will need one person to hold the pump and the tube, while the other person wraps it with the tape. We used electrical tape because it’s a self sealing tape that doesn’t allow any air through the seams. Start by wrapping the seam and then wrap up and down about 2 inches, to make sure you have a really air tight seal.
Underneath the cabinet place the other end of the tube into the refill soap container.
I ended up placing mine on top of a basket, to make it so the soap didn’t have to travel as far, but leaving it on the ground is totally fine too.
To get the soap up the tubing for the first time it takes a couple minutes of pumping but once it gets there you’ll have hand soap that will last you for months!
Isn’t that the best idea!? I personally hate refilling the soap dispenser all the time so I love that I’ll never have to do it again (at least in the kitchen)!
Brilliant solution! Can’t wait to try it.
This is GENIUS! I love having the soap dispenser, but I HATE refilling the little bottle! I am doing this this weekend! Thanks for posting!
Great idea! And I love your canisters in the background too! Can you tell me what brand they are or where to find them?
The canisters are from Zulily, I got them a few months ago. I’m sure they will have them again, just keep an eye out in the home organization section.
Sonya~At Home with The Barkers says
PERFECT!! We just installed a new faucet with dispenser and it is already empty! I just walked into my husbands off and showed him this brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing! ~Sonya
When I remodeled my kitchen, my engineer sister gave me a brilliant idea; install two soap dispensers, one for hand soap and one for dish detergent. In her house, she also has soap dispensers in her bathrooms — not only do they make for less mess, but she doesn’t have soap containers taking up room on the vanities.
Interesting tattoo…can we see a clearer shot of it?
See, there’s an inventor in all of us – just needs a cause to make it happen! Great job Anna!
laura r says
Thank you! Thank you!! My husband and I just did this over the weekend and it is a lifesaver. I felt like I was always having to refill that tiny bottle. The whole project took about 15 minutes thanks to your pictures. Thank you so much for this post!
Awesome!! Every time I use the pump I am thankful for it because I really hated refilling it all the time. I’m so glad you did it! 🙂
Bobbie Czajka says
What an absolutely awesome idea! Glad you thought of it and showed how to do it!
I have been wondering what to do with my broken soap dispenser!
Thank you somuch for sharing this! i love the great idea!!!
Marlen Rodriguez says
I tried this in my kitchen but the dish soap kept going back to the bottle. Perhaps the soap dispenser is not meant for this.