A couple of days ago, I mentioned to a friend that the soap dispenser on my kitchen faucet was broken and I needed to swap it out. She was surprised that I was so calm about it. You see, she thought I was going to have to get a brand new faucet ~ big money, lots of work. When I explained to her that I was just going to replace the soap dispenser piece she was shocked.
"I didn't know you could do that."
I started thinking that if she didn't know this was an option, perhaps there were others who didn't as well and I decided to share the process.
It's a simple and inexpensive way to repair your broken dispenser without investing in a new fixture.
In fact, it's so super easy, even if you have never done any household DIY before, I guarantee that if you can change a light bulb, you can do this.
About thirteen years ago, we added a kitchen to this tiny cottage. It was a big job, so we tried to be as frugal as possible. I chose a fixture that was on sale at the hardware store for about a hundred bucks.
It was (and still is) beautiful.
Unfortunately, after about a decade of small children pulling on the soap dispenser from the wrong angle, the top snapped.
I was so upset.
I immediately went to the Pfister website to buy a replacement and was shocked at the price. The part was about fifty dollars...plus shipping.
Wow. That was a lot considering what I originally paid for the whole thing.
While I was contemplating my next move, I happened to see a replacement soap dispenser in the hardware store for fifteen dollars. It didn't match exactly, but it was silver and shiny.
It worked well for about three years, then it snapped. Apparently, the snapping is a big problem. The guy at the hardware store said it happens all the time. The plastic at the neck of the pump wears and corrodes.
Once it's broken, the suction doesn't build up to pump the soap.
So...I went back to the hardware store where I found this Kohler soap/ lotion dispenser replacement part. It is much sturdier than the original replacement I purchased. It was a little more money than the first replacement part, but still less than the matching piece. Plus, I wanted it right away and didn't want to pay for shipping.
First, we removed the broken plastic pump piece with pliers.
Next, we unscrewed the soap bottle from underneath the sink base. It's messy under there and a bit confusing, so I used a bunch of arrows to point it out.
With pliers in hand again, we loosened the top piece. At this point, we both needed to help out because there was a washer underneath the sink base holding this piece in place.
My husband held the washer in place under the sink, while I unscrewed the piece from the top. When it was free, I washed the sink to prep it for the new soap dispenser.
It was pretty icky.
We opened the package and made sure we had all of the necessary parts. Then we moved on to installing the replacement.
We started this process by inserting the soap base in the hole. It's very important to make sure that this piece sits centered, otherwise, your pump will be crooked. I held it firmly in place on the sink...
...while my husband tightened the washer from below. When it was seated properly and secure, my husband screwed the new soap bottle back in place from under the sink. Seriously, that was the hardest part.
It's a tight, dark space under there.
Lastly, we inserted the long straw (I don't believe that is the technical term) into the pump, filled the bottle up with soap and we were in business!
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I was not ready to replace the entire faucet and who's to say that if I did, the new one wouldn't snap in short order.
This was the best solution for us and now I can put that ugly soap bottle back under the sink where it belongs...
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