DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

We’ve all got a mason jar or two lying around the house, so why not put them to good use with this easy and affordable Mason jar soap dispenser?

mason jar soap dispenser

Inspired by milk glass from the 1930’s, this dispenser adds a big dose of vintage flair to any kitchen countertop. One hour and a few simple materials are all you need to create this fun and functional addition to your kitchen.


Mason jar soap dispensesr finished
Mason jar soap dispensesr finished
Mason jar soap dispensesr finished
Mason jar soap dispensesr finished

Materials You’ll Need to Build a Mason Jar Soap Dispenser:

  • 1 Pint-sized mason jar with lid and band (not wide mouth)
  • 1 Soap pump. (We used a pump from a soap dispenser we had at home, but any pump will do. Even the plastic pumps on cheap handsoap bottles from the grocery store work great!)
  • Lacquer white spray paint
  • Paring knife
  • Heavy-duty all-purpose glue
  • Fine grit sandpaper

Step by step guide on How To Turn A Mason Jar Into A Soap Dispenser:

Step 1: Paint your mason jar.

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Apply spray paint to the outside of the mason jar and let dry (about 20 minutes).

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Step 2: Cut a hole in your mason jar lid. 

Use a paring knife to cut a hole in the top of the lid roughly the size of the straw/pump mechanism on the underside of your mason jar pump. 

Don’t worry about the raw edges of the hole. They will be concealed.

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Step 3: Add the soap pump

Slide the soap pump through the top of the lid hole created in step 2. 

Aside from the usual soap pump, you can also use a foaming soap dispenser pump for mason jar if you’re fond of foaming wash.

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Step 4: Glue the soap dispenser pump tops for mason jars on the lid. 

Apply all-purpose glue to the underside of the mason jar lid to secure the pump mechanism to the lid. 

Let dry for roughly 30 minutes.

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Step 5: Attach the pump

Place the lid/pump on the mason jar, followed by the mason jar band. 

Screw the band on tightly.

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Step 6: Sand your finished mason jar soap dispenser for a cleaner look

Wear away a bit of the paint on the raised jar lettering with a fine-grit sandpaper. 

Use short, light strokes in a single direction to carefully sand away bits of the paint.

If using in a high traffic area, you may want to seal the jar with a clear, non-yellowing sealer to allow for stronger durability.

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How do you make professional soap?

Here are three tips you can follow in order for you to make a professional-looking soap:

  1. Create smooth edges on your soap using a beveller
  2. Remove soda ash by steaming your soap, making it appear smoother and glossy. 
  3. You can also wash your soap instead if you don’t have a steamer.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

How do you make a Mason jar soap dispenser?

You can follow our step-by-step guide above on how to make a mason jar into a soap dispenser. It’s straightforward and doesn’t require you to be crafty at all in order to make one. 

How do I keep my soap dispenser from rusting?

Most mason jar soap dispenser lids are prone to rusting even if you have a stainless steel mason jar soap dispenser. In this case, we recommend wiping your mason jar soap dispensers with a damp soft piece of cloth and allowing it to air dry right after every use. 

Are refillable soap dispensers sanitary?

Any refillable soap dispensers, if not properly maintained, could become a breeding ground for bacteria. However, with proper and regular cleaning, refillable soap dispensers can be sanitary. That is why it’s better if you choose jars with a wide mouth when creating your own mason jar liquid soap dispenser so it’ll be easier to clean. 

How do you make soap in a jar?

Soap-making is a fun and rewarding do-it-yourself activity. However, it can be difficult to keep track of all the materials that you need when starting from scratch.

That’s why we recommend purchasing a soap-making kit for beginners. These kits contain all of the necessary ingredients including fragrance and dye as well as tools for making your soap.

Which soap is best for soap making?

It’s hard to say which soap is best for soap making: you first need to consider what kind of soap you’re trying to make. But for us, the best soap to use for soap making is pure, natural, and unprocessed.

Which method is best for soap making?

There are five methods of soap making: melt and pour, cold process, hot process, rebatching, and liquid soap. The best method to use will depend on your skills as the difficulty and safety concerns vary per method. But for complete beginners, it’s better to start with the easiest method, the melt and pour. 

What is better, cold or hot process soap?

The choice between cold or hot processed soap is a matter of personal choice. For example, if you prefer soaps with a smooth finish, you can go for cold process soaps. But if you want a textured rustic finish, you can opt for the hot processed ones. But regardless of the process, both soaps are of superior quality over soaps made using other methods. 

What is the most popular homemade soap?

The most popular homemade soap is oatmeal, milk, and honey soap. This soap is great because it’s easy to make and can be done with a lot of different oils.


And that’s a wrap! You’ve now got a DIY mason jar soap dispenser made entirely from upcycled materials. 

When you’re looking for ways to spruce up your home, remember: you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a big difference. 

In fact, some of the best improvements come from repurposing materials hanging around the house into something as great as this soap dispenser.

 So get out there and do great things—all it takes is a little elbow grease and a lot of imagination!