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That's Not An Installation Defect Under The Kitchen Sink; It's The Work Of A Genius.

One of my least favorite chores in the kitchen has always been re-filling the built-in hand soap dispenser at my kitchen sink.  Through years of extensive research in to this matter, I've discovered that I'm not alone.  Approximately 57.3% of soap dispensers in the Twin Cities metro area remain unfilled; sitting next to the empty soap dispensers, I often find unsightly store-bought bottles of hand soap.

I have many reasons to not refill my soap dispenser.

For one, they're difficult to access.  Mine is so tough to get at that I need to lay on my back under the kitchen sink just to unscrew it.

They're difficult to fill.  Why are the openings so damn small?!  The photo below shows what used to happen to me every time I would try to fill my dispenser.  I've tried a funnel, but this doesn't work either - the soap is too thick.

Soap won't pour

Another problem is getting the dispenser screwed back in place under the counter - it's very difficult to see under there.  I actually installed a fluorescent light inside my kitchen cabinet to help with this chore.

Finally, this is a grueling task that demands action about once a month.  If I only had to do it once a year, that would be fine, but we wash our hands in the kitchen more than anywhere else in the house, and the tiny container doesn't hold much soap.

But now... I DON'T HAVE TO FILL MY DISPENSER ANY MORE.

While inspecting a home in Minneapolis last year, I came across an unusual container for the hand soap dispenser while looking under the kitchen sink.  Instead of having a tiny 8 oz container screwed to the dispenser, there was a long tube dropping down in to a Costco-sized container of hand soap.

hand soap container
For a split-second I figured the owner had broken their soap container, but I quickly realized that this was no accident, my friends.  This was a stroke of genius.

No more refilling the soap container.

No more running out of soap every month.

No more back-breaking acrobatics while reaching under the sink trying to unscrew the soap container.

No more tears of anguish and frustration trying to pour liquid hand soap in to a 3/8" hole.

You too can do this.  Just pick up three feet of 1/4" plastic tubing, cut it to length, and replace the little plastic tube coming out of your soap dispenser with this long tube.  Now drop it in to a huge container of hand soap.  That's it, that's all.  The Home Depot by my house sells a twenty-five foot roll of this plastic tubing for under three dollars. Many hardware stores sell this stuff by the foot, and you can even cut it to length with a pair of scissors.

Polyethylene Tubing

Now just sit back and marvel at your tricked-out hand soap dispenser.

 

 

Reuben Saltzman, Structure Tech Home Inspections

        

Comment balloon 127 commentsReuben Saltzman • October 12 2010 06:05AM

Comments

Or...make life easier...go to the dollar store and sit one on the counter...:)

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 8 years ago

But how ugly would that be? ;)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

My soap dispenser top screws off so no more acrobatics.  I love this thought.  But what about the top off so that other things under the sink could knock into thks & possibly topple it over?  Thatwould be one disgusting mess for sure. 

Posted by Karen Seeman, CDPE, (201) 247-0556, bergencountyhomes4sale.c (Exit on the Hudson Realty) almost 8 years ago

You are right pure genuis.  Though my sink isn't fancy enough for a soap dispenser so I am one that has to keep the bottle next to the sink on the counter.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Karen - I have my gallon of soap tucked all the way back in the corner.  I haven't knocked it over yet (knock on wood).

Cindy - (with my foot shoved in my mouth) - I'm sure your soap dispenser looks just great!

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

A simple solution to a nuisance for homeowners. . great post!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) almost 8 years ago

Cool!!! I will have to remember this one...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Fernando - thanks.  When I saw this at someone else's house, I thought "Why didn't I think of that?"

Michael - thanks!  Put this on your next Home Depot shopping list...

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Great idea!  However, have you figured out how many pumps it initially takes for the soap to get up that long section of tubing?  Might be the only downside....

Posted by Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector in Defiance & all of Northwest Ohio (Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Joshua - yes, the answer is 'several'.  The real downside is that the spring in your soap dispenser is designed to suck soap through a 6" tube, not a 32" tube.  With all that extra tubing to suck soap through, the pump takes about four seconds get back to it's original position.  Once you do this, your days of double-pumping the soap dispenser will be over.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

I was wondering how a blog about a soap dispenser might read.... but you made it interesting! That's pretty creative... I never use mine and with all the stuff I store under the sink, not sure I have room for a gallon of soap... but I like the idea nevertheless!

Posted by Caroline Gosselin (Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

Rueben:

I just renovated my kitchen last year and opted to not have a built-in soap dispenser for the reasons you sited. They thought that was a bit odd but I chose to buy a stand alone stainless steel dispenser (it is not ugly) that is easier to fill.  Of course, the set-up you have just described sounds like a great solution to the problem.

 

Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) almost 8 years ago

Great idea Reubs!  Hey, mail me some of that tubing, would you?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

I don't have a soap dispenser, but I'm sure inn the future we will be installing one. I will definitely remember this trick.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Caroline - thanks.  This is my entry in to the "Proof that I can blog about anything" contest.

Valerie - I love that metal rack for the rubber gloves.  I'm gonna have to get my wife one of those.

Claudette - as long as your soap dispenser matches, it's all good.  At least that's my professional opinion ;)

Don - thanks for reading.

Jay - I'll see what I can do. After all, I only have twenty-two extra feet of it... as long as nobody misplaced it.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

James - get a soap dispenser with a powerful spring.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Reuben,

Now that IS clever! Makes me wish I had a dispenser. The tube costs just $3 but the kitchen remodel...

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) almost 8 years ago

Great tip and interesting read!  I will pass this one on to several people I know with the soap dispenser.  

Posted by Stephanie Williams, Realtor Murrells Inlet (Seaside Properties) almost 8 years ago

Ruben, a quick fix and a great solution. Thanks for the info.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 8 years ago

Irene - LOL, great point.  Hey, if you had a 1" drill bit I bet you could install a soap dispenser... maybe a topic for a future blog.

Stephanie - thanks for spreading the word.

Michael - thanks for reading.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Wow Ruben such a simple solution to an everyday problem....one of those DUH moments like, "Why didn't I think of that?"

 

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) almost 8 years ago

Not a bad idea, Ruben.  Here's another idea.  Simply unscrew (or if it's like mine, just pull it out) the pump from the TOP of the sink and refill from there.  No need to go under the sink everytime. 

Posted by Roger Johnson, Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate (Hickory Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Ha! Very nice. The best designs are simple.

Posted by Tre Pryor, Realtor, e-PRO - Louisville (REMAX Champions) almost 8 years ago

Hey I enjoyed the post today.  Thanks for getting it out to us.

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) almost 8 years ago

Reuben,

Pure genius, some folks are just amazing...

-Brent

Posted by Brent & Deb Wells, Prosper TX (LivingWell Properties) almost 8 years ago

Amazing how simple solutions can sometimes make life so much more pleasant.

Posted by Dianne Deming (RE/MAX Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

We just bought an in-sink soap dispenser and they now make ones that you fill from the top, not underneath the sink.

Amy Hunter

 

Posted by Amy Hunter (Hearth & Home Videos) almost 8 years ago

That's brilliant.  And doesn't require a plumbing license to do it :)

Posted by Keith Sellers, Greater Kalamazoo and Lakeshore (Sellers Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

You're right Reuben. Pure Genius.

Also, I have to say, congrats on an excellently written post and a killer title!

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) almost 8 years ago

Reuben,

Thanks for the hilarious post ("Approximately 57.3%"; "grueling task") -- It IS good advice!

 

"Remember -- Think twice, push "Send" once.  Blogging, posting, commenting:  It's all 'never having to say you're sorry', because it won't make any difference --

-- it's FOREVER!"

 

Posted by John J. Woods (Aardvark Appraisals) almost 8 years ago

Reuben, great trick.  I always fill mine from the sink side----just pull the pump out----I just wish it had a bigger bottle on the thing :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 8 years ago

That's a great idea for those that have the older style dispensers - and I think that you can replace the older style with one like mine - the pump top just lifts off - don't even have to unscrew it. BUT it is a pain because you can never tell when it's about to overfill and come spilling out onto the counter, which I seem to do every time I refill the thing. Oh well, I'd rather have to clean up that mess once in a while than deal with a more cluttered counter - and I just fill it with dish soap instead of hand soap as it kills two birds with one stone, so to speak.

Posted by Rhonda Patterson (Waterfront and Preferred Homes, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hi Reuben - Great idea!  And really good photos.

Posted by Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties (Transition Stage LLC) almost 8 years ago

It's such a great post I had to re-blog! 

 

I would add that if anyone is worried about the gallong overturning and spilling, it would be quite simple to leave the cap on, and drill a hole allowing access for the new tube.

And really, I cannot believe I didn't think of it myself!

Posted by Lori Fishkind, Realtor (Reliant Realty) almost 8 years ago

Brilliant!

But my experience has been more in the neighborhood of 57.8%. Luckily, my soap dispenser pump lifts right out (don't even have to unscrew) and fills rather easily. Besides, no more room under the sink...

Posted by Robert & Leslie Lang (Weichert, REALTORS® - McKee Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

I like it!  Thanks for sharing.  BTW, is that electrical outlet in the picture GFE protected?  It doesn't look like it...

Posted by Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com (McGraw Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Love it.    Saving Time and money while also being friendly to the enviroment.    I assume only I plastic jug to dispose of is much better.    Also, buying the gallon would be much cheaper than 4-6 small bottles.  

Posted by Tim Bradford, NMLS 250013 almost 8 years ago

Funny thing, I just installed a soap dispenser this past weekend, and it came with the screw in type you hate, and also a long tube with a cork type cap for exactly this purpose. 

One thing specialized I noticed about the long tube, is that it is cut at an angle on the bottom, so that it never gets stuck to the bottom of the soap canister.  An added tip for this brilliance.

People are getting so smart!  Thanks for sharing.

Good call about the GFI, Bob (#38)

Jen Wing

 

Posted by Jen Wing, Field Inspections Since 2007 (JPW Field Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Great idea, thanks for the post.

Posted by Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes (RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist) almost 8 years ago

Reuben,

What do you mean "refilling the soap dispenser"? I installed my kitchen sink almost 4 years ago and at that time I filled the bottle. I have just checked and we still have soap in the dispenser. The color seems to change every few months - I am almost 100% sure it was clear when I installed the sink. But over time it seems that the color changes. I recall it being light blue, dark blue, red, green-ish, and yellow-ish. Not sure why it changes color every few months. The fact is that I haven't had to refill it in 4 years... :O)

Posted by Jose Dias, Sell Your Home in Scottsdale-Phoenix-Peoria-Glendale-Goodyear (Home Sellers Help in Scottsdale-Phoenix-Peoria-Glendale) almost 8 years ago

I am heading out to Loew's right now!! Thanks for sharing this great tip.

Posted by Emily R. Almeida (Coldwell Banker/Heart of America) almost 8 years ago

Pretty neat idea, i bought my wife a small funnel and fill it from the top without all the back breaking and twisting.

Posted by David Niles (Niles Real Estate Investments www.NilesREI.com) almost 8 years ago

That is a genius stroke, and amazing how tidy the under-sink area looks. Personally, it's one of my pet peeves when people wash their hands in the kitchen unless they're preparing to help with dinner. Everyone else gets shooed off to a bathroom.

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) almost 8 years ago

Wow, Reuben! That is a stroke of genius! (I’m off to Costco and Home Depot!) Thanks!

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) almost 8 years ago

Love it!  Lori #36 beat me to my comment...almost...I was going to say that the tube might fit into the little hole that's already in the squeeze top of those giant size bottles...  I think this idea should be up for a nobel prize...you just don't even know how much I have hated this chore!

Posted by Real Estate Virtual Assistant & Agent, Proud to Serve Your Real Estate Needs (Christine Wade) almost 8 years ago

Brilliant idea.  Thanks for sharing and also posting photos.  It's the little things in life that make us happy!

Posted by Heidi Hovatter - Sonora & Twain Harte, Heidi The Home Hunter (Century 21 Wildwood - Selling Homes and Cabins in Tuolumne County) almost 8 years ago

Reuben,

LOVE the idea - I hate refilling my dispenser! I would probaby drill a hole in the cap for the Costo container so that the tube could go through but I could still screw it on the avoid spillage. Thanks for an informative and amusing article!

Posted by K.C. McLaughlin, Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC (RE/MAX United) almost 8 years ago

Reuben - A great idea! Whood a thunk... Simple and very easy to do... Great post!

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) almost 8 years ago

Reuben, I'm always amazed how clever and creative people are, especially those who are good ad craft and all manual tasks (big and small) - because I'm not... 

Loved your post! I think it has great potential to win the "under sink competition" , and we other participants are in serious danger :) 

Posted by Anna Tolstoy (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Hi Reuben, great solution!  Simple yet effective!  When we installed granite countertops about two years ago we did not install the soap dispenser with the refill process being the primary reason.  We will have to reconsider next time with this bit of knowledge.

Posted by Dale Ganfield almost 8 years ago

There are handymen solutions to all those niggly irritating things that are supposed to make life easier. I'll stick with the ugly little bottle on top thanks.

Posted by Corinne Guest, Luxury Home Buyer Specialist (Barrington Realty Company) almost 8 years ago

Reuben,

Did you notice if the pump cann be pulled from the top?  Many of these dspensers can be easily refilled by pulling the pump out and pouring the soap directly into the top.  Mine does.

Could be worth a try for a lot of people.

Posted by Scott F almost 8 years ago

This is an epic blog post.

Posted by brian almost 8 years ago

Love this suggestion.  I'm going to do it.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

Hi Reuben, this reminds me of trying to do get into the space to fill mine..so I delegated this job to my son. After his doing this a couple of times he called me over and showed me how easily the top of the dispenser just lifted up so we can fill it from the top. The sad part is that we didn't even try that first! I do love this idea, does save time in filling and spilling half the soap all over the counter and sink.

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) almost 8 years ago

Brilliant!  Very grateful to whoever suggested this for a feature.  We quit using ours this past year for the very reasons mentioned in your blog.  We have one of those "ugly" store soap dispenser bottles on the counter.  Will definately pick up some of this tubing on the next trip to the hardware store.

Posted by Pam Simpson, GRI, Broker-Assoc. (Bob Leigh & Assoc., LLC) almost 8 years ago

I love this!  We put in a new faucet and soap dispenser 2 years ago, I ran into the same problem with trying to refill and gave up.  This is pure genious!

Posted by Laura Barron, D + B Real Estate - Collin County Texas & Beyond (www.RealFamilyRealEstate.com) almost 8 years ago

Brilliant!

To make sure it didn't spill, you could always drill a 1/4" hole in the top of the Costco-size soap container and feed the tube through that.

Posted by Ryan Halset, Realtor | (206) 930-7959 (Boardwalk Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Reuben ~ that is a great fix for a problem for many.  Thanks for sharing it with all of us here on AR.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 8 years ago

Now I want a hand soap dispenser in my sink!

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) almost 8 years ago

What a great post... and a great idea, why didn't I think about that before?

Posted by Hilary Young, Team Assistant - The Nines Team in Lodi (The Nines Team Realty) almost 8 years ago

This is a hoot. I never fill mine either. What a neat idea.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) almost 8 years ago

Cynthia - that was exactly my thought.

Roger - the hole in the top of my soap dispenser is even smaller than the hole in the container.  It never works for me.

Tre - agreed.  Keep it simple.

Patricia - thanks for reading.

Brent & Deb - I wanted to say I invented this...

Dianne - exactly.  No more hassle.

Amy - what a great idea.  Have you kept yours full?

Keith - great point!

Denise - thanks, I wanted to be sure that my post title mentioned something about 'under the sink'.

John - thanks, my margin of error might be quite large with those numbers :)

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Charles - I understand from one of the comments (#29) that they now make 'em this way.  Now that's a good idea.

Rhonda - me too.  Much easier to have 'em built in.

Judy - thanks!

Lori - thanks for the re-blog.  Fantastic idea about drilling a hole in the top (again, why didn't I think of that?).

Robert & Leslie - 57.8%?  LOL, hilarious.  I'm glad you've done your research too :)

Bob - you got me, no GFCI protection on that outlet.  

Tim - great points that I didn't even think of.

Jen - they're actually selling them with the intention of doing this now?  That's awesome.  

For the record, GFCI protection is only required on kitchen countertop outlets, not under the sink.

Christa - thanks for reading.

Jose - I love it.  I'm pretty sure soap just gets better with age.  

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Emily - send Jay your extra tubing when you're done.

David - I assume you use dish soap for this, right?

Joetta - I understand shooing people in to the other room; my small kitchen gets crowded with two people.

Bill - good luck.

Christine - Oh, but I DO know how much you hate this chore :)

Heidi - If you can't take pleasure in the little things...

K.C. - the hole in the cap for the tube is a great idea.

Robert - the best projects are the quick ones that make your life easier.

Anna - you're too kind, thanks.  I knew I would be writing about this before I was even done reading the rules for the contest.

Dale - I don't blame you a bit, but it's not too late to have a hole cut.  My dad just had it done at his house after the fact.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Corinne - hey, that's better than no soap at all.

Scott - it sounds like the newer ones have a larger opening at the top.  I've tried pouring soap in to mine from the top and it's almost impossible.

Brian - LOL, thanks.

Tammie - good luck.

Cindy - you're lucky you can pour soap in to the top of yours; the opening on mine is way to small.

Pam - one more tip that someone else mentioned - cut the tubing at an angle to prevent it from getting blocked at the bottom.

Ryan - good tip.

Dawn - it's certainly improved my quality of life... if just by a little.

Erica - funny, someone else said the same thing on my facebook page.

Hilary - that's what I said.

Cheryl - you have no excuses now.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

This is a great idea - I like how you rigged this up.

Posted by Ted Cantu (i Cantu Media LTD) almost 8 years ago

What a fantastic idea...thanks for this information.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) almost 8 years ago

I always hated filling the soap dispenser too....until I realized that I could fill it from the top. The pump just sits in there. However, we have found that we have to dilute the dish soap or it won't pump out very well. Has anyone else had this problem?

Posted by George McClendon almost 8 years ago

Ted - thanks, I wish it was my idea.

Rebecca - thanks for reading.

George - I can refill my soap container from the top with dish soap, no problem... but hand soap is too thick to pour from the top.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Now if someone can just figure out how to use the whole gallon of windshield washer fluid when most cars reserviors only hold 3/4 gallon (another of my pet peves)  :-)

Posted by Gregg Schoh (Montana Land Company, Flathead Valley Montana) almost 8 years ago

I had to laugh out loud when I saw the picture.  Very clever and don't know why I didn't think of it.  Even though I can refill mine from the top, I can't see into it very well and always end up spilling it all over.  I'm headed to Home Depot now!

Posted by Pam Ruckriegel, Negotiating the Best Deal for You! (Louisville Real Estate Pros - 502-435-5524) almost 8 years ago

LOL, What a great Idea!

Posted by Robert Vazquez (75 FAST OFFER, LLC/ Countrywide Capital Group, LLC / CRP) almost 8 years ago

LOL, What a great Idea!

Posted by Robert Vazquez (75 FAST OFFER, LLC/ Countrywide Capital Group, LLC / CRP) almost 8 years ago

Look at how many responses to this neat solution.. it certainly is the little things!  Funny, just YESTERDAY I was bending like a pretzel to get to one of these buggers in a foreclosure/rehab house I just bought... disposal and plumbing all in the way... to find the plastic bottle was actually missing, gone... thinking what a pain and decided to just leave it be!  Off to Lowes today anyhow so just added 1/4" plastic line to my list, thanks!

Posted by Chris Jenkins-Sarasota Realtor, "Expect Success" (PalmerHouse Properties) almost 8 years ago

Well I hope you entered this in the contest "I can blog about anything" as they want you to blog on something under the kitchen sink.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Cool idea.  I also like the flourescent light under the sink.

Posted by Mike Weber, 40+ years in Northern Colorado (Keller Williams Realty Northern Colorado) almost 8 years ago

I like the flourescent light too but don't have an outlet down there.

Posted by Lucien Vaillancourt, Jacksonville Florida Real Estate (Native Sun Realty, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Dear Reuben,

Maybe drilling a hole in the cap & feeding the tube through that could avoid the spilling danger. Of course, finding a compression ring of some sort would be even better.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) almost 8 years ago

This is incredible!  I gave up on refilling my dispenser years ago to avoid the nuisance - great blog!

Posted by Michael Goodheim, Cash Flow Expert for Real Estate Pros (Commission Express of Western Washington) almost 8 years ago

I love it! That is really brilliant and thanks for sharing this wonderful tip with everyone!

Posted by Elite Team, Realtors/Career Consultant (Keller Williams Realty Acadiana) almost 8 years ago

Gregg - thank you, that's another pet peeve of mine.  Thankfully my Silverado and my wife's Camry both hold full gallons, but every other car we've owned didn't.  How dumb was that?

Pam - I guess you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Robert - thanks, x2.

Chris - I love it.  I'm glad I could help.

Gene - that was the inspiration for this blog.

Mike - I love the light under the sink too. I was going to blog about that, but then I realized that that was probably a much harder project, and most people probably aren't as finicky about good lighting as I am.

Lucien - I actually added an extra outlet down there when I remodeled my kitchen just so I could have a light under the sink.

Dorte - yes, feeding the tube through the cap is a great idea.  If you push the soap all the way to the corner of your cabinet, you shouldn't have to worry though.

Michael - thanks!  It's the little things...

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Reuben - quick question.  Is the dispenser for hand soap or for dishwashing liquid soap? Can they be used for either or?  Like someo one up above, I went to use my and it had been filled with Dawn liquid dishwashing soap and it changed colors on me.  It went from blue to nasty gray black - that was a few years back.  I dumped out the soap and have never used the dispenser again.

Posted by Ann Wilkins, Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA (Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

Reuben - quick question.  Is the dispenser for hand soap or for dishwashing liquid soap? Can they be used for either or?  Like someo one up above, I went to use my and it had been filled with Dawn liquid dishwashing soap and it changed colors on me.  It went from blue to nasty gray black - that was a few years back.  I dumped out the soap and have never used the dispenser again.

Posted by Ann Wilkins, Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA (Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

Dr. Chantal - thanks for reading.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Ann - I use my dispenser for hand soap.  If you use dish soap in your dispenser, it's easy to just fill it from the top.  My hand soap has never changed colors on me (knock on wood).

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

The simple solution is sometimes a stroke of genius!

Posted by The Hollinden Team, Serving the Greater Louisville area (EXP Realty) almost 8 years ago

You need to send this idea to the "Ask This Old House" TV show.  They give cool t-shirts for good ideas.   I've always coveted one of those shirts.

Posted by doug diller (Goal Line Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Steve - that's exactly it.

Doug - no kidding?  I'll do it.  Thanks for the advice.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Very clever indeed! Thanks for sharing your great and easy solution to a true conundrum! It is a stroke of genius and an idea that I will share with all other built-in sink-soap-dispenser homeowners! 

Posted by Chezlene Kocian (MaxWell Mountain Realty) almost 8 years ago

So easy a three year old could have figured it out- maybe they did... 

Posted by Kristi Sims & Trish Sarfert, Serving military & civilian relocations! (Coastal Realty Experts) almost 8 years ago

Oh Reuben, you are sooo right about this.  It is a stroke of genius and my husband is going to love it!!!!!  Can't thank you enough for your post!

Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 8 years ago

And all I have is a bar of soap in a dish! interesting!

Posted by James Pierce almost 8 years ago

Yep, that's a good one. Setting that up right away! Thanks

Posted by Bukka Levy, REALTOR - San Francisco North Bay (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago

I'm kind of glad I didn't write a blog post for that one because your's should definitely win!  We just redid our countertop on our new foreclosure home and for the first time I have a built-in soap dispenser.  I wash my hands in the kitchen the most.  I haven't had to re-fill it yet but I think it was hard the first time because of the narrow opening in the bottle.  Not sure if my husband has filled it or if it hasn't been used up yet.  If I find it's too hard to re-fill I'll be saving this post so we can do the same thing.  Thanks!

I have to add that in my bathroom I have a very nice stainless steel automatic soap dispenser that looks good and works good, so not all dispensers are ugly.

 

Posted by Judy Orr, SW & Near West Chicago suburbs (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

What a great idea and I think a little duck tape might help insure that the open soap bottle won't tip over

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) almost 8 years ago

I'm going to remember this at the next home that has an empty dispenser!

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) almost 8 years ago

Chezlene - don't forget to share what's left of your 25' roll of tubing.

Trish - my three year old has figured out how to pull the dispenser out.

DeeDee - thanks for reading.

James - you're just a few steps away.

Bukka - good luck.

Judy - LOL, thanks!  I agree, not all soap dispensers are ugly; I have soap dispensers in the bathrooms that match the decor, and I think they look great.

Tina - I'm sure that would help.

Jeremy - buy a roll of tubing so you're ready.  It's really cheap stuff.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

It's a miracle! Where's the video?

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 8 years ago

I hate those things.. Great idea.. if only someone could make that thing top filling!

But this would be a close second!

Great Post!

Posted by James Baxter Encinitas Realtor (Realty Place) almost 8 years ago

You need to market this idea and make money off it! That is a no brainer. Good Luck

Posted by Ernie Martinez (Eyeball Inspections) almost 8 years ago

You need to market this idea and make money off it! That is a no brainer. Good Luck

Posted by Ernie Martinez (Eyeball Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Lyn - good idea for a video, but it would be a very short clip :)

James - thanks.  I've heard that it's easy to fill them from the top if you use dish soap.

Ernie - I wouldn't even know where to start.  Thanks.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Sometimes simple is better - and you proved it.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 8 years ago

Genius! Sometimes the simplest things....elegant.

Posted by Valerie Duncan Stewart, Real Estate Agent-Broker, OKC, OK ((Metro First Realty)) almost 8 years ago

Thinking outside the box! Wonderful solution, thanks for sharing!

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) almost 8 years ago

You wash your hands????

I believe let nature take it's course by building up my resistance to bacterial infections, etc.

 

BTW, I agree, the idea is pure genious!

Posted by Peter Rozsa (Cupertino, CA) almost 8 years ago

Reuben, this is awesome.  I hope you win the challenge!!

Posted by Ken Gramley almost 8 years ago

We hated it so much we got rid of ours and installed a push button for the garbage disposal!!  Love that even more.  Now we don't have to curse the builders of the house for putting the switch for the disposal across the counter where you drip ick all over the place going to turn it on.  And by "we", I mean ME and by "builder", I mean my husband and I!

 

Best.  Invention.  Ever. 

 

However, the soap solution is exactly what you said - a stroke of genius!!!  (Real men of genius........except I bet it was a woman who figured that one out!!)

Posted by Charlotte Stilwell, Broker-Associate (Century 21 Hardee Team Realty) almost 8 years ago

I put chocolate syrup in our soap dispenser when we first got it. The kids loved it, of course! Then, I read on the can that the syrup needed to be refrigerated after opening.  Anyway, for those who have given up on their soap dispenser, forget the soap..... there is always ketchup or mustard!

Posted by ELIZABETH VALLANCE (Long and Foster Real Estate Services Inc) almost 8 years ago

Great idea!  Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Linda Lemiere-Zile (Home and Garden Staging & Redesign) almost 8 years ago
Well, I've always done this the easy way, and I tell it to all my friends and clients. They are always amazed at how simple this is. Just pull the soap pump up out of the sink, place the plastic nozzle on the bottle of soap into the opening, and squeeze the bottle until you think you have enough in the receptacle. Slip the pump back into place, and voila! You're good to go in about one minute, with no strain, no mess, and no fuss! I apologize if this solution was already mentioned, but I couldn't take the time to read all of the remarks you received. Quite a few!
Posted by Rhonda Thibault almost 8 years ago

And to think that I still use a bar of soap. There’s just something comforting about a bar of soap in my hands rather than a little squirt of goo. ☺☻☻☺

Posted by Not a real person almost 8 years ago

Marte - you got it.  Quick and dirty clean.

Valerie - exactly.  

Diane - thanks.

Peter - I'm totally with you, but I can't convince my wife.

Ken - thanks, me too :)

Charlotte - you're funny.  I can't stop chuckling.  You're right, it certainly could have been a woman that originally came up with this idea.  I'll never know.

Elizabeth - great idea with the chocolate syrup, but I've gotta warn you: I'm pretty sure ketchup and mustard need to be refrigerated after they've been opened too ;)

Linda - thanks for reading.

Rhonda - I don't blame you, there are a lot of comments here.  Your method works well for dish soap, but hand soap just ends up looking like the hand soap in my first photo.

Russel - I'll bet you prefer holding a newspaper than reading news online too, right?

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Dude! your brilliant!! thanx!

Posted by Bill Buettner, Your Real Estate Connection (Keller Williams Greater Columbus) almost 8 years ago

I will leave the comment from Mr. Ray alone:)

Splendid concept, Reuben.  This is something I may have to do in my own little abode.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 8 years ago

I guess I am not an auto soap girl... I never even knew there was a problem like this to be solved.  I just have the williams/sonoma soap container... and replace it when it runs out.  Hmmm.  Must be behind the times!  Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) almost 8 years ago

Good job! See how easy it is to blog about anything under the sink?? Maybe get extra points!!!! Yippee!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 8 years ago

Bill - thanks.

Jason - I thought the same thing to myself about Mr. Ray's comment ;)

Kathy - Oh yes, it's an epidemic.

Lizette - thanks, that's what I'm after with this one!  Have fun reading the entries.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

This is definately a "why didnt i think of that first moment".

Posted by Rachel Purser, SFR e-certified (Prudential American Realty Center - Pickerington, Ohio) almost 8 years ago

Obviously she didn't get a permit. That soap dispenser is supposed to be strapped to the cabinet with plumbers' tape!

Posted by Wayne B. Pruner, Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI (Oregon First) almost 8 years ago

I did the soap dispenser like you did! It's great! Thanks for the idea and the great blog!

Posted by Lynn Cromer (ReMax Advance Realty) almost 8 years ago

Rachel - ditto.

Tigard - good eye!  Just imagine what could happen during an earthquake.

Lynn - I'm glad it worked for you.  A quick and easy project to save lots of time in the future.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 8 years ago

Help!  My undercounter mount dispensers always stop working because of the spring mechanism.  The tubings are clear, but that part of the dispenser is clearly broken.  Any ideas of sites/places that sell a variety of sizes???

Posted by Mary over 7 years ago

Mary - sure, try here http://www.faucetdirect.com/soap-dispener-pump/c23

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 7 years ago

FYI.........Bring your dispenser with you to the store.  I had to go back for 3/8".  The 1/4" was too small.  With a little help from the salesman at the hardware store who snipped the tip of the hose for me, we were able to ease it in to the dispenser.  I also had to prime the pump over 200 times......but it works!!  Somehow, my dispenser bottle disappeared over 3 years ago, and I never replaced it.  When I saw this on FB, I had to give it a try.  Thank you!

Posted by Ellen almost 6 years ago

I forgot to add my tip.........If you have a smaller/tall bottle that you are afraid may spill, just stick it into a round container.  The round container keeps it from tipping over.

Posted by Ellen almost 6 years ago

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