Friday, August 6, 2010

Update on Canning Jar Soap Dispenser

After using my canning jar soap dispenser for several weeks I decided to make a few more.

I needed a new dispenser for my downstairs powder room.  I found a cute jar at a yard sale and spray painted the metal lid with white spray paint.  I bought a bottle of foaming soap at the dollar store so I could use the foaming pump.  I dumped the soap down the drain (yucky smell), recycled the empty bottle, and used the pump for my new, homemade dispenser. 

I refilled the bottle with Dr. Bonner's mint Pure-Castile soap.  I used a 1:6 ratio of soap to water.  My bottle of Dr. Bonners will last me for years!

I tried adding  a few drops of liquid food coloring to make it a light blue, but the dropper malfunctioned and I was left with a darker than desired color.  Oh, well, it still works fine. 

I couldn't find a second cute jar so I just used an Atlas canning jar I had on hand to make another dispenser for the master bath.  I spray painted the metal lid and added the soap mixture. 

This time I did better with the food coloring.

Notice the bad caulk job?  And the ugly paint?  And the cheap faucet?  This bathroom is in dire need of a makeover.  Think I can move it up on the Hubby-do list? 


  1. Looks great! I still love mine and it's holding up well. I found that a circle cut out of the plastic lid from a container of Country Time lemonade works really well and was stiffer than the milk jug plastic. What did you use for the tops this time? Are you cutting a hole in the metal lid or using plastic?

  2. THAT'S what I did wrong... I forgot to get a foaming pump! duh! I really like these cute soap dispensers, especially with the blue coloring in the soap.

  3. I didn't notice a thing! I only have eyes for those darling soap dispensers... putting them on my to-do list:)

  4. Sheri,
    Oops, I forgot to say what I used for the lid. I traced a canning jar lid (the flat part) onto the lid of an old plastic ware container that I was ready to throw in the trash. It's nice and sturdy. Then I cut a hole in the middle of it for my pump to fit down into. It works well - and it's blue to boot!

  5. I have GOT to make some of these! They are so cute!

  6. How is the paint holding up, I read on this link

    That you have to go thru this involved process to paint the lids and I was hoping to just spray them with acrylic paint.

  7. I just used plain old exterior spray paint. It's oil based so I guess it holds up better than acrylic. We've used it every day for several months and it is doing fine.


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