How to choose your washing-up liquid dispenser?

How to choose your washing-up liquid dispenser?

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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You can get various accessories to make your washing up experience easier, an important one being the washing-up liquid dispenser. These practical and stylish pieces of kit offer several advantages.

Important features

  • Material
  • Fitting
  • Reservoir capacity
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Why choose a washing-up liquid dispenser?


Replacing the bottle of washing-up liquid propped on the edge of the sink, washing-up liquid dispensers are becoming more and more popular with householders. One of the handiest sink accessories out there, it's simply placed on the worktop or the sink itself.

Chiming in with your kitchen, tap fittings and otherkitchen accessories, a washing-up liquid dispenser will bring a touch of elegance and originality to your kitchen. Beyond its decorative role, the dispenser also simplifies the job of washing up.

What's more, it helps avoid bacterial growth, while dosing out the exact amount you need. For ease of use, most dispensers have a rotary spout system.

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Features of a washing-up liquid dispenser



The dispenser head can come in a range of materials:

  • chrome steel, affordable, durable and easy to clean
  • nickel-plated steel, scratch-resistant and easy to maintain
  • stainless steel, easy to clean, corrosion-resistant and super-durable

Dispenser reservoirs can be made of:

  • PVC, shock- and abrasion-resistant
  • porcelain, fragile but great for a retro look
  • stainless steel, robust and modern
  • exotic wood e.g. bamboo for a natural vibe

Fitting system

Washing-up liquid dispensers can be wall-mounted (installed with rawlplugs) or freestanding. Some of the most common models are actually mounted in the sink itself.

Reservoir capacity

Depending on your needs, dispensers can hold varying quantities of liquid. They are generally refilled via the head at the top. Simply unscrew to access the reservoir.


Cleaning is very easy; either just rinse with clean water or use a little anti-limescale product if you live in a hard water area.

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 198 guides

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.Advise Mister everybody in the DIY shop? Check.Redo the bathroom plumbing? Check.Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check. The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job! What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!

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