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Small confession: I really don’t like doing the dishes.  Laundry, vacuuming, dusting – I can do those all day long.  But the dishes?  Eh.

Make a cute matching DIY kitchen set that includes a mason jar sponge holder and mason jar soap dispenser

In the past I would have said I hate doing the dishes.  But as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned a few tricks to make tasks you dread a little easier.

DIY Mason Jar Kitchen Set

When I was in college my Aunt sent me a care package.  She knew how much I disliked doing the dishes so she included a cute pair of pink dish gloves that had flowers on them.  I found the dishes a little more tolerable when I had fun gloves to brighten the task.

Blue non-scratch Scotch-Brite sponges are perfect for any job

I expanded the “cute gloves” theory to other parts of dish washing by making my work space cheerful.  Small vases dot the windowsill above my sink.  And a DIY mason jar soap dispenser and matching DIY mason jar sponge holder sit at the corner of the sink.

Sponge Holder & Soap Dispenser

Supplies Needed
Make DIY sponge holders and soap dispensers with just mason jars, spray paint, and an upcycled pump

  • pint size mason jar
  • half pint size mason jar
  • spray paint
  • drill
  • pump (upcycled or purchased separately)

Tutorial

  1.  Remove the inner lid from the metal cap of the half pint jar.  Discard or save for another use.Drill a hole in the mason jar lid for the soap dispenser pump
  2. Make a mark at the center of the inner lid of the pint jar.  Drill a hole through the center, making it large enough to slide the pump through.  If needed, stick a pair of needle-nose pliers into the hole and twist back and forth to widen the hole.
  3. Slide pump through the hole.  The fit should be snug; if necessary, use some glue to secure the pump to the lid.
  4. Spray paint both lids, including the pump, in your desired color.  Let dry.A spray painted cap for a half pint mason jar makes the perfect sponge holder for your kitchen sink
  5. Fill pint jar with dish detergent.  Screw caps onto each jar.
  6. Place dish sponges in half pint jar.

Make a cute matching DIY kitchen set that includes a mason jar sponge holder and mason jar soap dispenser

The other half of the equation is having the right tools.  And for me, that’s Scotch-Brite sponges.  We always have a good stack of both the blue and green sponges under the sink, and one of each in my mason jar sponge holder.

Green Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty sponges get the baked-on gunk off easily

Green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge are great for heavy-duty messes.  I use them to remove the baked-on sauce and cheese from my baked pasta dishes and enchiladas.

Blue non-scratch Scotch-Brite sponges are perfect for non-stick cookware

Blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge are perfect for use on anything you’re worried about scratching, like non-stick cookware, the top of your stove, and counter tops, too.

Scotch-Brite sponges at Target

You can pick up Scotch-Brite™ sponges and soap dispensing wands at Target.  Don’t forget to load the Target Cartwheel offer for 10% off a 9-pack of sponges now through September 3rd.

Make a cute matching DIY kitchen set that includes a mason jar sponge holder and mason jar soap dispenser

Be sure to pin my DIY Sponge Holder and soap dispenser and then check out additional cleaning inspiration!

What are your favorite ways to make doing dishes more fun?

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

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  1. Both of these turned out so cute…and love your cake plate! These sponges are the best, too. [client]

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