DIY Laundry Detergent Dispenser


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.

4. Snap your tubing into the quick connector.

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.


  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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9 Responses 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. 🙂

  2. Rebecca says:

    I have been looking for something like this for WEEKS. Finally came across your instructions. I am going to purchase the things tonight and do it! The only difference I will have is that I bought these fancy drink dispensers that I put the detergent in so they fit better on the shelves over our washer/dryer. I’ll be replacing the “facet” on those with your tube apparatus because the current fixture runs painfully slow. Anyways, great instructions! I look forward to giving them a try.

  3. Rol says:

    Have been on the computer part of the afternoon trying to find a pump for my laundry detergent bottle…I have a couple of pumps, but do not fit on the last detergent I purchased….Seems like I just found the solution… Sure will give it a try…..Thanks for the info<:))

  4. Jerrie Gosch says:

    Thank you! I had seen another pin on Pinterest but there were no instructions. I already bought some parts that I thought would work but you have given GREAT guidance for my project!

  5. Rie says:

    This is something I was looking to do and had a few “ideas” but this is better! Gonna DO IT and THANK YOU!

  6. Jose Bracamontes says:

    Great idea I did it I put about 25% water and it still barely comes out is this the reason for the 50% dilution of water?
    Maybe bigger diameter fittings with tubing would do the trick without having to dilute it?

  7. drlidbom says:

    Exactly…I had to dilute to get it to flow. I had already bought the fittings so I didn’t want to go bigger. People tend to use too much detergent anyway.

  8. EBELINA says:

    IDEA ?I think you should drill the 3/8 hole in the blue cap of the container that way when you get new soap containers you could just switch off the blue cap whit the adaptor on

  9. drlidbom says:


    It’s a good idea, but as you can probably see in the pictures, the containers of tide that I was used to dealing with weren’t designed to balance on that side.

    Also, now that I think about it, I had to dilute it anyway to get it to flow, so I could have a mess when it came to swapping out with a new one.

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