Wooo-eee! It is hard to believe it’s almost been
a year 2 years since we’ve been making and selling these babies! – Mason Jar Soap Dispensers. Since then I’ve learned a TON, added a stainless pump, a foaming pump, and there are even more exciting options coming ’round the bend!
Dirty dog! My man made one for me about
a year and a half ago three years ago and I wonder how many we’ve made since then.. I could tell ya but then you might think I’m bragging.. and trust me! We’ve botched plenty along the way
So no.. I’m not trying to sucker you into buying one. I am simply sharing with you the travels, speed bumps, and what it feels like to FINALLY have a tiny bit of wind in my sails!
With antique mason jars the hunt is definitely a HUGE part of the thrill! These babies are getting harder to find. We’ve dug them out of barns, garages, and old abandoned dilapitated kitchen cupboards (only in the daylight with the owners permission- I promise!)
The best was the jar of ‘antique pickles’ still in it! NASTY! Wonder what a pickle flavored soap dispenser.. hmm.. new design idea..
Love ‘em. Scrub ‘em. Drill ‘em. Sounds so simple, hey? Really it’s been a long (continuing) road of researching, testing.. testing.. testing.. brainstorming.. hand washing..
Oh yeah! Speed bumps we’ve nailed them! The biggest one being the lids. Turns out soap is ultra corrosive (nice.. considering you’re putting it on your hands.. a topic for a different day..) and isn’t too fond of metal lids. But baby, we’ve tried ‘em all! (or all I’ve been able to find so far) Including the original antique zinc lids. The first few were.. hmm.. let’s call it shaky. Sure they worked. They’d keep the gunk off for a while. But, really? Who wants to spend more time washing their dispenser than their hands?
Finally I’m so *pumped* to have not only found the right lid but also a way to SEAL the lid so that runnier soap won’t leak out the sides and can’t collect on the underside of the lid where it likes to hide and do damage when nobody’s looking!
But even these lids may still rebel against those super strong soaps (like Dawn) and show a little wear and tear. So you can keep the corrosion off of your lid (and hands!!) by using a more mild soap or organic soap and saving the Dawn for the oil spills on the Highway. I LOVE my homemade organic foaming soap recipe found HERE.
(p.s. if you LOVE Dawn Dish soap.. and I don’t blame ya.. the stuff works like a charm! Just know it may require a tad bit more maintenance/cleaning than a different soap would.)
If you have stuck around for this long ramble you should know that I am humbled to the core to have you here! Maybe you’re a customer, reader, lurker, boogey-man in the closest.. whatever. This bumpy yet AWESOME road would not have been possible without you. I repeat..
COULD.NOT.DO.IT.WITHOUT.YOU. -Was I clear on that one?
So last but not least if you have purchased a soap dispenser from me prior to July 9th 2011 you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a replacement pump and lid at a greatly reduced cost! I’d love for you to give it a whirl.
And if you’re here for the first time- welcome!! And thanks for putting up with my enthusiasm.
As always.. leave me your questions etc.. in the comments.