Ditch your Disgusting Dish-soap Dispenser why Doncha?

For someone who is such a goof, I’ve always been pretty mature.  Like my mother Betty says, “I have good common sense“.  Which I personally think is an awful thing for a mother to say to her daughter.  Why not just say “You’re a great, big, bore dear and I often wish I’d given birth to something more fun, like a circus“.

But it’s true.  I have always exhibited a healthy amount of caution and care.

As a child I dutifully buckled up my seatbelt – even before it was required by law.  Betty thought this was hilarious.

I never once handed my homework in late.   Betty thought this was good.

I once stole an antique apothecary bottle from my highschool science class just because I liked it.  Betty’s just finding this out right now and I’m pretty sure she’s running to test her blood pressure and jamming her eyeballs back into their sockets.

Who’s boring now?  Not me.  I’m a rebel.  A scallywag!  Thinkin’ of joining the circus!

It’s the one and only time I can remember doing something “bad”.  I’m pretty sure I’ve done a LOT of bad things, but this is the one I choose to remember.

I had no idea what I was going to use this bottle for, I just knew I had to have it.  Now, I’m not promoting theft here … but I have to say … I’m really glad I stole that bottle.  I use it every single day and every time I use it it makes  me happy.

Because you see, I became a grown up 12 years ago when I moved into this house and that bottle has been on my kitchen counter every day since.

It’s my dish soap dispenser.  There’s something realllyyy satisfying about improving the little things around you that you use every single day.  So if you’re looking for a new dish soap dispenser I’ve gathered up a few fun options for you …

Vintage Glass Pop Bottle!


Random Empty Bottle

This one originally held scented oil for room fragrance (the kind that has the sticks sticking out of it)


Science Beaker!


And the um … Apothecary Bottle.

price unknown. ahem.


Because I use a nice looking dish soap dispenser I can leave it on the counter all the time.  I don’t feel like I have to hide it under the kitchen sink with the rest of my ugly things like bottles of bleach, scrubby pads and the necklace I bought at a craft sale that seemed “cute” at the time.

Don’t do dishes?  I don’t blame you!  Use your bottles for hand soap, vinegar or oil.  (hand soap is pretty thick so you may have to water it down a little if you don’t have a HUGE spout on your stopper)

Speaking of which, the key to this working is finding the proper stoppers for the top of each bottle, so when I’m out at the Dollar Store or wherever and see cheap spouts/stoppers I buy them on the off chance it’ll fit one of my bottles.

The stoppers made out of cork are great because you can actually sand them down with a bit of sandpaper to make it smaller.  If the cork still seems a tiny bit too tight, just soak it in some water to get it more pliable and rub a little soap around the outside of it.  That should make it easier to push in the neck of the bottle.

So during your travels to flea markets, antique sales or even the grocery store keep your eyes peeled for interesting glass bottles.  For the record, it’s probably best to stay away from highschool science rooms.

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  1. Jane Jacobsen says:

    Let me add my vote for a blog or two on soap making. It looks totally fun (even the actions you must take to protect yourself from the lye). I am about to make my first bars.
    You can be as smple or elaborate as you want. Google “hand made soap.”

    A chance purchase of handmade soap cleared up a nasty case of excessively dry skin I’ve battled for years. Yeah for removing chemicals from our lives.

  2. Warren says:

    Hey Karen.

    I found you another topic for a new project/blogpost. I recently bought some handcrafted soap, smelled amazing, but cthey ertainly are not giving the stuff away. I did a search on soap, on your site, and nothing on making the stuff came up – unless of course the foaming soap counts (hardehar).

    Take care, warren

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Warren! I’ve often thought about making soap and have looked up a variety of ways to do it but never got around to doing it. Maybe I’ll put it on my list of things to do for 2015. Thx! ~ karen

  3. Amy says:

    Love your ideas, tips, and tricks. Keep ’em coming.

  4. Vanessa says:

    I love old bottles, and have been collecting them for years. I guess I didn’t take chemistry, probably a good thing I totally would have borrowed the bottle too. Once I found on old green bottle on the bank of the Mississippi river, it wasn’t even chipped! I had it until there was a plumbing accident. I just moved into my grandparents house and found a crate of really old bottles. They had been left outside for years and are all weathered. I’ll send you a pic. (My husband doesn’t understand why I was so excited to find them)

  5. sandy says:

    I am blessed to find this site. I have collected some wine bottles and kept in basement thinking that Iwill use them some time. Basically, I wanted to empty the oil from plastic cans, since I want to avoid plastic at home as much as possible. I went so many times to stores to buy dish washing soap bottle.It looked steel from outside but I realised there is a plastic bottle inside. Can someone help me to tell where can I find glass bottle for dish liquid soap

  6. Carrie says:

    I also use a bottle with a spout for our dish soap in the kitchen. I’m a chemistry teacher and I’m telling about you “borrowing”…lol. The one bottle you have above labelled beaker is actually an Erlenmeyer Flask and the your apothecary bottle is one that we often use for storing acids when changing the molarity. I have some of those bottles in my classroom, but never use them. Maybe I’ll use them for soap in my classroom lab!

    • Karen says:

      Carrie – I can’t be bothered to run into the kitchen to look but I think it’s Nitric Acid isn’t it? The apothecary bottle I mean. I still have the stopper for it too! And I can’t pronounce Erlenmeyer so I’m gonna stick with beaker. :) ~ karen

  7. Melissa says:

    Me too!I will definitely keep following. And I am actually a decent speller… so here’s my correction – coop*

  8. Melissa says:

    I just came across your blog. Oh dear we think quite a bit a like!

    I hold onto the wine bottles that are purchased for special occasions (anniversaries and such)and use then in much the same manner for soaps, candle holders, etc. I like the cork pours as the plastic ones tend to keep breaking over time…where’d you purchase them?

    ps..I love the chicken coup!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Melissa. I actually found the cork top ones at my local dollar store. They were attached to a different bottle, so i bought the whole bottle for $1, and used the cork spout. Glad you found my site! ~ karen

  9. Anne says:

    Where does one find the stoppers?

    • Karen says:

      Anne – I found most of mine at the Dollar Store. They either sell them separately, or sometimes I’ll buy a bottle just for the stopper! ~ karen

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