I have kids. They have this tendency to get their hands REALLY wet and then use the soap bar...over and over again. This leaves a giant puddle of soapy water everywhere and the soap bar falls apart a lot faster than it should. No amount of re-training has worked. If anything, there's even MORE water there than there used to be. I'm wondering if I can fix this by getting them a foaming soap dispenser. Then they get one pump of frothy soap, and they don't leave (as big of) puddles everywhere.
I'd love to have the little soap dispenser lids that screw onto a mason jar...but so far, all I'm seeing are plastic foaming soap dispensers. I'd much rather avoid plastic if I can.
Anyone know where I can buy a metal foaming soap dispenser that--preferably--fits on a mason jar like this:
A great business venture would be to make all the metal and glass accessories for mason jars. Made in the USA, strong stainless steel sprouting lids, fermenting lids, soap foamers, straw lids, stackable racks, etc.
A different kind of soap saver my stepmom made is a little crochet sleeve the bar sits in and soaks into. It helps lather and keep the soap from slipping and dripping. When the bar gets little you just slide a new one in next to it. No waste.
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I`ve also never seen metal ones. I`ve reused old plastic ones, but I ended up going back to bar soap in the meantime.
I am sure you've tried everything, but just in case you haven't-- did the kids make similar messes with "soap bar in a sock" or some similar crocheted/knitted/etc contraption? Those can often be tied to the faucet and used right over the sink in a way that makes a bit less mess. It may cause the soap to run out faster, due to wet sock, but since you're able to use the little nubs in it I think it balances out.
(when I was a kid we were forced to use "soap in an old stocking" for similar reasons, when liquid soap was a new and very expensive thing)
I use them for my dish soap, because it cuts down the amount used, to a tiny fraction of what's used, normally. I found some with metal lids, but the pump is still plastic. It was the best I could do. I found them on Amazon, and they're a 2-pack of black ones, and not expensive. I'll dig and see if I can find the order, for the link, in case you can't find the all metal ones. But, if you do find all metal, I'd love to have that info, too!
I searched extensively a few years ago and all the "metal" ones still have plastic innards.
I second the hanging bar soap idea. My mum has crocheted holders for her soap in the shower. It's that fairly thin crochet cotten, and crocheted as a net rather than a solid piece. That lets the whole thing dry out between uses so the soap doesn't dissolve away. You could use one of those mesh bags onions and oranges and stuff come in to keep the soap dryer, too. It wouldn't get you away from plastic but at least you'd be reusing something... assuming any of your produce comes in those bags.
I just have plastic pumps. I bought a couple from a local soap company and have been using and refilling them for years. You can blend up your little bar soap bits with water and use them in the pumps, too.
Wull, CRUD. Not sure why I thought they were metal lids. Wishful thinking, prolly. But, I've seen metal lids pre-drilled, to accept the pumps. That's not going to help anyone, though. You might end up having to choose between a little plastic and a lot of mess & waste. 😬😵🙁