Super Smart Stuff
… quite possibly the smartest thing ever done by any human being. Anywhere.

Looking for an insanely simple way to make your life better and easier?  This DIY oil dispenser is it.

Yup. I put my vegetable oil in a pretty bottle with a spout. Who knew something so simple could change your life!

When I used to open the cupboard that housed my oil laden, grossly greasy, jug o’ vegetable oil I’d cringe. Gross, dirty old thing that my Crisco bottle was. NOW when I open the cupboard I am greeted with the sound of singing birds, visions of fresh spring flowers and a visible sprinkling of fairy dust. My vegetable oil bottle, which I use almost every day, is now nice (insert sound of singing angels here.)

It sounds stupid, but if you put your oil (vegetable, olive or my new favourite … grape seed) in a nice bottle with a spout your life will be better. It looks good, it feels good, it’s easier to hold and you end up using wayyyy less oil because it’s so easy to pour out just a small amount. Plus the bottle is simple to clean as opposed to that weirdo faceted plastic Crisco bottle. I love getting the oil out now. It makes me feel fancy.

I can’t explain my somewhat extreme reaction to this small, super-smart thing but I’m sure it’ll make you happy too. It’s a life changer. I’m almost positive it’s even made my highlights grow out more slowly. Hand over heart.



  1. Linda says:

    Hi Karen! I’m new to your blog, and just scanning through it! What fun inspiration…. Thanks !

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Linda. Welcome to my site. Wait til you get to the newer posts where I have actually learned how to use a camera, lol. :) ~ karen!

  2. Rita says:

    Hi Karen,
    I just found one of these bottles with the spout at my local thrift store for 25c! I love, love, love it! In fact I showed it, and how it works to hubby today – he was suitably unimpressed. But it makes me happy too, just like you. Now I’m on the hunt for one for my Balsamic Vinegar. I too love a deal. Found a cowbow type tie with two beautiful stones on it, again for 25c. I was able to split it up into two separate necklaces. Everyone comments on them and I love to tell them they only cost a quarter! Love your ideas. Can’t wait to get to my Dollarama.

    • Karen says:

      Rita – I was just at the happiest place on earth today as a matter of fact! I bought a calculator and 2 tomato cages which I’m going to fancy up. :) ~ karen

  3. Patty says:

    Hi Karen, love your blog! I came across it while looking for olive oil bottles. I really like the one you have. I realize this was posted in 2010, but do you remember we’re you bought it? I haven’t been able to find a pretty one like yours.


    • Karen says:

      Hi Patty – Glad you found my blog! I do remember where I got the bottle. I’m in Canada, so I bought it at HomeSense which is the equivalent to HomeGoods. ~ karen!

  4. Emily P says:

    what an amazing site/blogg. found it by mistake. your a star!! i will be passing on your blogg to all my friends.

  5. Terrie says:

    and i thought i was the only one. I also have a fish shaped bottle that I put my dish soap in !!!???!!!

  6. Kim says:

    Yes, this is the greatest idea ever. I decided a few years ago that icky old plastic bottle had to go. I saved pale green glass olive oil bottles from the brand I used and put all of my oils in them. Never thought of using this idea for dishsoap. I love the glass bottles they make it easy to know when you have to stock up. Simple is better.


  7. Gigi says:

    I know I am late to the party on this but I just found you. (Love it!) I do want to offer up one word of caution regarding all the great things you can put into the fancy bottles. Make sure you know which is which. Helping my mom get ready for a pretty big party I was prepping the pasta. I drained it and then reached for the fancy pour spout thing with the olive oil in it. Unfortunately my mom uses a yellow dish soap, lemon Joy or something like that. Yep, I did. At first I couldn’t understand why the pasta started to smell so lemony, and then the bubbles really disturbed me. Oh, and you really can’t just rinse the dish soap off pasta. You just can’t.

  8. Ira says:

    this is an excellent idea. i’ve been doing this for years. i put my oil in an old brown bottle with a russian writing. it looks really nice on the shelf.

    i don’t know why more people don’t do it, it’s really a small effort and a huge impact kind of thing.

  9. Tommy says:

    Love it! A quick trip to the store for a cheap spout, a trip to the basement to retrieve a vintage Coke bottle, and I have a fabulous new dish soap dispenser. I smile every time I use it. No more icky drips down the side of the ugly plastic dish soap bottle and it matches my vintage kitchen decor. Genius! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Tammy says:

    Spent last Sunday reading your whole entire blog because you cracked me up! So first of all… thank you for a great day. Secondly, I found this awesome product called “Misto”. Just in case you aren’t aware of it, it’s a bottle that you can put any of your vinegars or oils or basically any liquids that you want to “mist” without harmful cfc’s. You just pump the lid which injects gathered air into the bottom part of the bottle and with 10-12 pumps… voila! Instant mist of balsamic vinegar onto butter lettuce without drowning it :-)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tammy – I do know about Misto! It’s one of those contraptions I see in the kitchen store all the time and never buy. I always, always think of buying it and then for some unknown reason, I don’t. Maybe this is a sign that I next time I see a mister I should buy it. :) Oh! And thank you for the compliments! ~ karen

  11. Leanne says:

    This morning I put that on my shopping list! Ok that’s a lie. I didn’t actually write it down but I made a mental note. Olive oil just comes out of the container too fast and too thick. And you are so right! The little glass bottle with the silver spout… oh so fancy. Yes. Please. The only thing I am curious about is if the oil will be as good for as long if it doesn’t have a air tight cap on it? (I am asking you because you know everything. Which of course means you already knew why I was asking and I shouldn’t have wasted your time with an explanation. I’ll get better at this. promise.)

    • Karen says:

      Wow! You really are making your way through the posts! I just used the oil in that jar/beaker/glass thingamabob minutes ago! ~ karen

  12. Lynn says:

    You are right, my new found sista! Not only good for oil, but I use one for my dish washing soap beside the sink – two reasons: appearance and the hole on the bottles cap was getting so big I drained an 1/8th of the bottles contents each time I tipped the darn thing! I use way less soap and everything is still as clean!

  13. Devi says:

    I have a beautiful green fish-shaped bottle that I put my dish soap in and keep on the counter next to the sink…everyone remarks on it.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Devi! Funny how little things make ya happy, huh? Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

      • Jeanie says:

        I also have done this with my oil and my vinegar. As well I have my dish soap in a turquoise wave shaped bottle bottle with a spout for pouring… I get a lot of comments about it. It is so simple yet it makes me happy :)

  14. I buy our EVOO at Costco in a giant gallon container. I used to have to climb to the top of the fridge, drag it out, and inevitably dump way more than I needed in the pan. Then my fiance mother gave us a vintage, cut-glass wine decanter (at least I think that’s what it’s supposed to be) and I put our EVOO in that! I lurve it; it’s pretty and it has a spout and it’s just soooo pretty!
    It really is the little things, isn’t it?

  15. Todd says:

    It is the simplest thing, but it really is a smart idea. We put the olive oil in one, as well as some pear vinegar in another.

    • Karen says:

      Pear vinegar! Pear vinegar??!!!? What is pear vinegar? Do I need to get some???? I have more vinegars than any person should have but I suddenly feel like I HAVE to have pear vinegar. I’m already planning on putting it on my beet and goats cheese salad! – karen p.s I can’t believe I never thought to do this thing with the bottle before!

    • casey says:

      I also put my dishcleaning liquid in one–Dawn is beautiful in a nice jar. I put paint on the side so that it doesn’t slip out of my hands. (just a few fingerprints of blackboard paint).

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