It’s almost that time of year when our family gets together for an annual tomato canning extravaganza. It’s also the time when I fall in love, all over again, with my ever-growing collection of canning jars.
Since I have so many, I’ve explored different ways to use my Ball® jars beyond stuffing them with food. I’ve crafted a holiday vignette, displayed flowers, caught lightning bugs, and served drinks in them.
But I’m most proud of my latest canning jar creation – a DIY hand soap dispenser.
To make your own soap dispenser and the homemade hand soap for it, you’ll need the following:
- 1 Ball canning jar (pint-sized or smaller)
- 1 canning lid and band (I’m loving the new Design Series lids.*)
- 1 dispenser pump (I reused one from an empty bottle.)
Homemade essential oil foaming hand soap recipe:
- 2-3 Tablespoons liquid castile soap
- 5 or so drops of essential oil (I like the Young Living™ Thieves blend. The oil is optional, though.)
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin or Vitamin E oil (also optional)
- Filtered water
Step 1: Use a 5/8-inch power drill bit to cut a hole in the center of the canning jar lid (or use whatever bit matches the size of your soap pump).
Step 2: Insert soap pump into hole. To seal and secure it to the jar lid, I used hot glue.
(For the record, glue gun burns are the worst! They make me feel like saying words no church-going woman should ever say. Can I get an “Amen?”)
Step 3: Add homemade soap mixture and filtered water to jar.
Step 4: Secure top to jar. Shake vigorously to activate foam. Done!
To make my dispenser pretty, I added a chalkboard label from Walmart and wrote on it with a silver permanent marker. Tip: Use a smaller, narrow label. I had trouble getting mine to stick because it had to wrap around the jar.
Do you enjoy using your canning jars for more than food storage? Ball also has some cute jar accessories to help us multi-purpose our jars even more.
For all my fellow canning and jar enthusiasts: On Aug. 1, Jarden Home Brands will host this year’s fifth annual Can-It-Forward Day, broadcast live online at FreshPreserving.com from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. The webcast will have an integrated chat function where consumers can submit home-canning questions to be answered in real time. New this year, there will also be an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast!
So be sure to tune in to that. I’ll be sharing a link to the broadcast here, so you can also check this post on Aug. 1 to watch.
Until then, enter below to win a coupon for a free case of jars. This year’s limited time, vintage-style jars are gorgeous!
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