Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bottomless Soap Dispensers

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I don't know about you, but I find it very annoying every time I have to refill a soap dispenser.  It's not that I'm lazy, I just have much better things to do.  We have 2 bathroom sinks and a kitchen sink that I keep soap dispensers at, and it seems like I'm refilling each one every few weeks.  Last night, I noticed that the soap dispenser on my kitchen sink was empty again.

And then I happened to notice this large bottle of hand sanitizer that was nearly empty:
And a light bulb turned on over my head. 
I emptied out the bottle of hand sanitizer and rinsed it out, then I removed the labels with a hair dryer.  Then I used a funnel and filled it with homemade liquid hand soap (I will share more on that in a future post).
Now I have a soap dispenser at my kitchen sink that will last 4-5 times longer than the puny one that I previously had there.  I'm guessing I won't have to refill it for several months.  That's one less thing I have to worry about.

This is a great way to not only save time, but to reuse would-be trash.  There are several bottles you can reuse as soap dispensers... look for any large bottle with a lotion pump.  Lotion bottles, shampoo bottles, baby wash bottles, etc. will work just fine.  I have a few other large bottles with lotion pumps that I plan on reusing as soap dispensers once they are empty.  I guess a huge bottle of soap sitting on the sink might look a little funny, but it doesn't bother me as long as it saves me some time and sanity.