When we remodeled the bathroom 3 years ago we installed a pedestal sink because the air vent prevented anything larger. I love the sink and the sleek design, but it has made it difficult to wash our hands.
Most soap dispensers are too large for the tiny space left for soap, making it difficult to turn the water on and off without knocking the soap to the ground. This isn’t really a huge problem if you don’t mind using plastic soap bottles, but I think both Chet and I are tired of picking the soap up off the floor.
I thought about buying a wall mounted soap dish, but knew that the dispenser would probably just fall off of that too. While looking on eBay and Etsy for something that would work, I came across the idea of using an old cup holder since it has edges that will keep the soap from falling to the floor. I searched for white ceramic holders to match the rest of the bathroom fixtures, and came across this baby on Etsy for $20.
When I got it home I found out that it was too small for the Bath and Body Works soap dispenser we use. This was okay, as those plastic bottles are ugly anyway, so I started a quest for a dispenser that would fit the holder. This proved to be very difficult. I searched Amazon.com, I searched Target, I did other online searches, and every time I went into a store I ran to their soap dispenser area to see if I could find something that fit. I purchased two soap dispensers on Amazon.com that had to be returned because they were too big.
THEN, I was doing dishes one night and washing canning jars, and came across the idea of converting an 8oz jelly jar into a soap dispenser. I knew that there were a lot of “converters” for canning jars to turn them into mugs, shakers, flower frogs, and other things, so I searched for foaming soap dispenser on Amazon.com. I had a hard time finding one that would fit a jelly jar, and then I came across an actual jelly jar soap dispenser! I almost pooped myself with joy.
There was one problem though when I got the dispenser home. It didn’t fit. It isn’t a “real” jelly jar, so the diameter was slightly too large to fit the cup holder. That is okay! I took the pump off the jar and put it on one of my 8oz jars, and it fit! I mounted the cup holder to the wall, and placed my newly filled dispenser inside, and it works beautifully! I am just hoping that the pressure of pumping the soap doesn’t break anything. If so, I guess I will find something new. Regardless, I am super excited to wash my hands!