September 20, 2010

Everything but the Kitchen Sink – Soap Pumps

I know…SOAP PUMPS?  What could be more boring??

But here me out.  You see, a long time ago when I was just out of college and living a particle-board-and-milk-crate-furniture lifestyle, a friend of mine confided in me that it was his personal horror to see dish soap out on the counter.  I was young and impressionable and he was hip and fashionable so from that moment forward I banished my dish soap to the dark, musty area under the sink also known as where-random-cleaning-stuff-goes-to-die.

I lived this dish-soap-free-counter existence for quite some time having also made the decision that I never wanted to ever live somewhere that didn't have a dishwasher.

And then I had a baby and thus the dish-soap-under-the-counter philosophy of kitchen design became a royal pain in the arse – you never realize how annoying it is to go and fetch it everytime you need it until you have bottles and nipples and teethers, etc. et. al. to be cleaned every ten minutes.

(not the worst offender out there stylistically, but still not necesarily kitchen design sensitive)

Fortunately, there are some really awesome soap pumps available to elevate the lowly dishsoap to a more pleasing level.  In our home, we went with this clear, acrylic pump from Umbro purchased at the Container Store:


Other options from the Umbro line include this high-shine metallic version…although, I will be honest…I can't imagine trying to keep water spots off this pretty thing is anything too easy: 

I definitely see this masculine pump hanging out in a modern, edgy kitchen:

Some pumps, like this from Forma, come with handy sponge storage:

And, I absolutely adore this DIY soap pump made from a classic Ball Jar:


Of course, the pump need not just live in the kitchen.  I have this set from Williams-Sonoma in our powder oom…the spiced chestnut scent is loved by all who visit no matter what time of year:


So there you go…if design is in the details and one of your details is a ho-hum bottle of dish soap, than you now have plenty of options to gussy it up a bit.

Which pump goes with your kitchen?


{sources: 1 – Seventh Generation; 2 – Miriam Bradford; 3 & 4 – Umbra; 5 – Forma; 6 – Country Living; 7 – Williams Sonoma}

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2 Responses to “Everything but the Kitchen Sink – Soap Pumps”

  1. Christina Says:
    September 20th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I own a few umbra soap pumps.  My discovery was that those thin spouts are great for getting clogged when soap dries in there.  It's an easy fix, just take a toothpick and poke it out… but man does that get annoying when you have to wash your hands and there is no toothpick nearby!  I hope you don't have the same problem.

  2. Miriam Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    So far I haven’t had that issue, Christina, but I can totally see how that would be a very annoying issue!