Looking for a re-usable soap dispenser so you can stop wasting money on small bottles that you can’t refill? Then look no further than She Knows Living!
She Knows Living serves up a simple, photo tutorial for crafting your own DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser. All you need is an empty mason jar, a pump dispenser – either new or recycled from an old soap pump, some paint for a decorative rim, and a nail and hammer to make your hole! While this particular tutorial doesn’t instruct you to do this, you can use a hot glue gun to permanently adhere the pump to the lid of the mason jar. Personalize your mason jar soap dispenser by decorating the rim with your choice of paint color(s) to match your decor whether it’s being used in the kitchen or bathroom.
Now that you have a new soap dispenser, it’s time to fill it up with soap! You can either fill it with your favorite liquid soap or scent an unscented liquid Castile soap (available from Mountain Rose Herbs) with a bit of your favorite fragrance or essential oil(s.)
Or make your own liquid soap from leftover soap slivers you’ve saved from the kitchen or bath! Simply grate 8oz. of handmade soap (or about two 4oz. sized bars of handmade soap) and add to a pot filled with a gallon of distilled water. Place the pot on the stove and add two Tablespoons of liquid glycerin to the finely grated soap shavings and the distilled water. Heat over medium/high heat and stir until your soap dissolves. Once your soap mixture dissolves, remove it from the heat and let stand for 10-12 hours. After your soap has completely cooled, beat with a hand mixer to mix thoroughly. If your soap is too thick, you can mix in a small amount of distilled water at this point until your soap is the consistency you desire. If it’s too thin – as this can happen depending on the recipe of the soap you choose to use – simply reheat the mixture and add in more grated soap. Once your soap is complete, stir in a small amount of fragrance or essential oil(s) and use a funnel to pour the soap into containers of your choice. (Organic vegetable glycerin and organic essential oils are available from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
Looking for a dish soap rather than a hand soap? Simply pour 1/2 of distilled water into your soap dispenser followed by 2 cups of liquid Castile soap. Then mix in 1/2 teaspoon of lemon essential oil, cap your dispenser and gently shake to mix the ingredients.
Have bar soap you need to keep dry but haven’t quite found that perfect soap dish? Use a sponge! Just place your favorite bar of handmade soap on a dry sponge by the sink to help keep it dry!
What’s your favorite type of soap to use – bar soap or liquid soap?