Repairing a Soap Dispenser

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If your soap dispenser breaks try and fix it instead of buying a new one. This is a page about repairing soap dispensers.


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August 24, 2010

More than once, I have had a bathroom hand soap dispenser that "leaks" rust on my white sink edge where the dispenser sits. I have really liked the dispensers and not wanted to throw them away. I cut the shape of the bottom of the dispenser out of an old mouse pad that I no longer want. I use high quality craft glue (waterproof) and glue the piece of mouse pad to the bottom of the dispenser. The mouse pad provides just the barrier the dispenser needs. This has saved much grief!

By Pamm Thimlar from Zionsville, IN

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March 24, 2016

The pump was frozen. It wouldn't depress. I tried soaking it but it still would only move very slightly. I went to the manufacturers website to find replacement parts and wasn't successful.


Finally, we tried applying a light weight oil where the tiny holes are and it worked. An easy, no cost solution!

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Has any one else had the following problem with the liquid dishwashing solution that you fill your dispenser with next to your kitchen faucets? I had a new kitchen put it and had the liquid dishwashing dispenser put in next to my kitchen faucets. At 1st the solution came out easily and then it stopped even though I kept pumping it.


We even brought it back to the store and got a new one, but that didn't change the problem. My hubby checked it out and thought the opening was too narrow so he enlarged it, but still no luck.

I use Dawn liquid dish detergent. Could it be the viscosity of the detergent? I have never heard of this and am wondering if any one else has run into this same problem and if so how have they solved it.

Thank you in advance for any information and solution you can offer me, as I am very frustrated and disappointed.

By carol from Beverly, MA


October 4, 20100 found this helpful

I think the soap you are using may be too thick. I had one of those dispensers (they are installed right into the counter) and I was told to water down the soap.


I used my dispenser for hand soap, not dishwashing liquid. Try diluting your soap and see if that helps. Start with about 1/3 water to 2/3 soap.

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October 5, 20100 found this helpful

Most likely the dispenser is clogged from soap scum. Take it apart, wash it out and reassemble. This is a problem with these dispensers. You will have to do this quite often.

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October 10, 20100 found this helpful

Over time, any small opening that has a soaping agent in will plug, you need to rinse the stem and end out with warm water.

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June 16, 20130 found this helpful

This solved all of my soap dispenser issues, I highly recommend it: (Affiliate Link)

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I have a snowman soap pump container, but the pump dispenser is not working. I cant throw this cute guy away. Any suggestions?


December 2, 20180 found this helpful

The spring is probably worn out. Try to find another top to fit the container.


You can also write the company, if you know who manufactured it, for a replacement.

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December 2, 20180 found this helpful

Is it a battery pump or spring operated? The spring ones are often easy to fix. Here are a few hints that may help:

The battery ones are more complicated. Maybe this will help:

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