DIY Laundry Detergent Dispenser

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Clarification: My wife does approximately 98.376% of the laundry for our family of 4. For this I am immeasurably grateful. I don’t know how she keeps up with it all and I was just trying to solve a mildly annoying problem (and I had an itch to “build” something, no matter how small).

The Issues:

  1. Space in the laundry room is at a premium
  2. We hate to use the messy detergent cups issued with most large liquid detergent dispensers
  3. To maximize available space, we would like to store the detergent in the pedestal drawer

Objective: Modify one of our detergent dispensers so that detergent can be easily dispensed straight into the detergent tray of our clothes washers.

The plan: Poke a hole in the dispenser and run some tubing to a valve. Let gravity “pump” the detergent. Refill as needed. Et voila, she is clean!

Items required:

The process:

1. Dilute (1:1 water:detergent) the detergent in one of the large dispensing containers you buy at Costco, etc.

2. Drill a 3/8″ hole near the bottom of the container in a spot that is relatively flat (so that your adapter won’t leak. You will need to move the drill around a little bit to widen the hole (just keep trying your adapter until it tightly screws in), then clean up the hole with the box cutter. I chose the side that is up when the container is put into the “dispensing” position, so I wouldn’t have to deal with leaks if this project failed… IMG_5606

3. Put the hose washer in place and screw the adapter into your hole. The picture shows no hose washer because I had to add after the fact to stop leaking.
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4. Snap your tubing into the quick connector.
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5. Place the container on top of your washer (or shelf) and measure out the amount of tubing you need. Then cut the tubing to length.

6. Snap the other end of the tubing into the straight valve. You’re done.
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Hiccups:

  1. Laundry detergent is thick. Fortunately, Google allowed me to justify diluting our detergent (we were already only filling it up halfway, so no problem with quantity)
  2. The connector I purchased for the detergent bottle wasn’t sitting firmly against the not-exactly-flat edge of the container (therefore creating a very slow leak), so I used a basic hose washer to fix that problem.
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One Response to DIY Laundry Detergent Dispenser

  1. Diane Mann says:

    Very creative, Derek. I just like to step in the Gain particles all over our laundry room floor. :-)

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