Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Story

by postroad on July 9, 2011

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!

Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

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 :)

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

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!

Antique Mason Jars

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!)

Blue Mason Jars

The best was the jar of ‘antique pickles’ still in it! NASTY! Wonder what a pickle flavored soap dispenser.. hmm.. new design idea..

Mason Jars Bulk

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..

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser Lid

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!

Foaming Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

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..

White Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

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 heather@postroadvintage.com  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.

 p.s. I sell these in many different styles.. with or without the jar, etc.. to see what is currently available go HERE.

p.p.s. to learn more about my WHITE mason jar soap dispensers go HERE.

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Inspire Me Heather July 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

Well, good for you! It’s so nice to read success stories. Good luck taking your next leap!

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Mary July 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I love these dispensers. I’m hoping to make some for friends for Christmas, but the lids have been my challenge so far, too.

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Ann July 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I made those soap dispensers a few years ago and gave up because the lids kept rusting. Glad you figured it out.

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Nicole August 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I was noticed your lid still has the white porcelion piece. How did you drill through that. I recently got a lid and plan on making a soap dispenser, but I don’t want to ruin the lid if I can help it.

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Malou December 12, 2011 at 7:24 am

Hi Heather
Just recently found your blog and I LOVE the dispensers ~ been looking for ‘something’ great to keep liquid soap in my bathroom and body milk….that is presented in the right decorative way
I, like you am a mother working from home with 4 kids, well 3 of them have grown now…but still live with me! My long time dream has been to run my own magazine and I guess I am content to edit/design/write/photograph/style my two blogs.
I have created my own business two years ago and am about to embark on Etsy. My husband and I used to own an antique shop in Sydney. I felt compelled to share with you a bit for you seem so warm and caring. Finding your blog has inspired me to get back on the journey!
I am French and have been living in Australia for 26 years now, in a little village named Kangaroo Valley.
I love decor and everything French of course…. I wish you all the best in your endeavours, you are a great achiever. With warm regards. Malou

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Miranda Keating January 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hi Heather. Not sure if it’s wrong of me to ask…maybe it’s a trade secret, but i was wondering what the answer was to your discovery of the perfect lid and pump. I was actually just about to attempt to make one for my mom, for her birthday, and came across you site. I haven’t even purchased the stuff yet, other then having some masion jars kicking around, that i had intended on using…but maybe not the lids. ?? Ant advice. I’m not opposed to puchasing a more expensive lid and pump, to make a dispenser that will last.
Thanks, Miranda :)

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Bonnie June 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Sweet! Do you sell to shops? I have a shop in grass valley ca … Thanks!

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