Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Party Push-Soap Dispenser

It's no secret that toddlers and preschoolers are often reluctant to perform the most basic of tasks; like washing their hands.  Of course, they can often go the opposite way and become a bit compulsive about it all, literally working themselves up into a lather to shoo those germs away.  Assuming your children are in the first camp, of well meaning but forgetful, here's an idea that I've found works for us: turn the soap pump into a toy party.

Here's what you'll need to make your own party-push-soap dispenser:

  • A clear plastic soap dispenser - the colour of the soap is up to you.  Clear works well, pink, blue or green tinted is fun too, but the container must be clear.
  • Plastic items to stick inside - they have to be plastic so they don't melt inside the soap, and they have to be larger than the tube that will go back inside (you don't want small beads that will get stuck in the tube and block the soap, as frankly that just defeats the whole purpose of having a soap dispenser!), and they have to be items that are smaller than the mouth of the bottle (because if they're too big you obviously won't be able to wedge them into the bottle, remembering that even if you do (as I did with some push and shove) you'll never get them back out again without cutting the bottle apart.)

Here's how to make your party-push-soap dispenser:

  • Strip the push-soap dispenser of all labels and clean the bottle as best you can (there are links to how-to clean bottles on my facebook page if you scroll down to March).
  • Use the soap dispenser for some time to remove some of the soap, or simply tip some of it into one of your other dispensers.
  • Remove the screw-on nozzle-cap and tube, and fill the bottle-dispenser with plastic items. 
  • Put the lid back on.
  • Get the kids to start washing their hands!

Here's some ideas for how you could jazz-up some soap up for your next themed party, or if you simply want to throw a mini-party in your bathroom:

  • Jungle - use green soap and place long rubber snakes inside the bottle.
  • Princess - use pink soap and large pink and gold beads.
  • Mermaid - use blue soap and fill with tiny plastic fish and pearl bead-bubbles.
  • Lego - use clear soap and lots of small square blocks.
  • Baby Shower - use blue or pink soap and then fill with buttons.
  • Halloween - use green 'goo' and fill it with eyeballs and spiders.

I used green soap and an assortment of everything I had on hand to see what worked best; small toys, beads and buttons.  So far they all did the job.  Some seem to float, then sink, you tip the bottle, they move around, get coated in bubbles, and then shift about again.  Endless hours of fascination really!  So go on... get crafty and clean at the same time!


Twinkle Star said...

That is such a great idea! My little ones are forgetful too - I created a little sign made out of hand-stamped pebbles (on my other blog), looks pretty in the bathroom and is useful too! Have a great day xx

OksanaB said...

Very creative idea! I'll make one for my niece :) Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm your newest follower too.

Partycraft Secrets said...

Welcome Oksana! And thanks Twinkle Star - I hope you don't mind, but I'm posting the link to your 'gentle reminder' because it's just so pretty!

Kelley @ Miss Information said...

Finally got over to sit a while and look at your blog, it is great and I LOVE this idea, totally going to do the green with snakes!

Partycraft Secrets said...

Thanks Kelley, so glad you came to visit - I love the snake idea too - but somehow I think it would backfire as an idea at our house, and turn my girls off washing their hands! L. x

Mackenzie said...

Very cute! Simple and fun! I'd love to invite you to join us and share Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! I know my readers will love your ideas too!
Have a great weekend!
Mackenzie :)

Arushi said...

Wow easy to make and very creative!!!

Partycraft Secrets said...

thanks Mackenzie & Arushi! Will visit you both soon. x

de said...

My hand soap dispenser contain colored glass marbles, sea glass and tiny shells, and faceted beads. Beats buying match soap dispensers for three sinks!

Partycraft Secrets said...

Ohhh de... shells and sea glass... you can see I'm stuck in toddler-land - I'd forgotten the idea has such great applications for adults too! x

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