Bathroom kitchenskimmers

Published on September 30th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Soap dish from kitchen skimmer

Materials: Ikea (name?) kitchen skimmer

Description: We have 2 round vessel sinks in our master bath. Small Ikea bowls mimicking the shape of the vessels held our soaps next to the sinks. Every time we reached with wet hands for the soap or return it to the dish, soapy water splashed on the counter, very messy.

What we needed was an in-sink soap dish!

We looked at Ikea’s Lillangen line of bathroom furniture but none of their in-sink accessories would fit our rounded vessel sinks.

While browsing Ikea’s kitchen accessories, I came upon a kitchen skimmer that immediately presented a solution. The handle was thick and flat stainless steel, and being a skimmer the device had the requisite openings for the soap to drain excess water. (The newer versions available now have round holes instead of slits)

With a metal saw I cut off the handle to a workable length and smoothed the sharp ends with a sanding tool.

I inserted the remainder of the skimmer into a vice, and carefully bent the handle over a wooden dowel with a diameter approximately the width of the top of the vessel walls. I lined the inside of the bent handles with foam tape, so as not to scratch the porcelain sink, and voila: In-sink soap dishes.

~ Pippa, Chicago area

Updated 7 March 2012
Here’s an photo from the side!

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Jules Yap

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35 Responses to Soap dish from kitchen skimmer

  1. Anonymous says:

    Trés chouette! Chapeau!


  2. Lycoris says:

    I sure do love the look of yours better! But is did find a 5 3/4 inch one at one at for only 3.45.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow, no hammer and nails needed! A simple bend of steel is all it takes for the spoon to look fantastic and to do its new job.
    A hack to my liking! Masterbath vessel sinks, here I come!
    How come I haven’t thought of this myself…?


  4. Anonymous says:

    Well, it’s been awhile since I did that hack, either in 2008 or 2009 I think. At that time I was not aware of this site, nor of the term “hacking” being used for anything other than illegal cyber hacking. :-)
    It’s too bad ikea has discontinued this line, as it was the only one of “professional” quality at Ikea at that time. That is, steel thick enough that allowed for a straight handle, (no stiffening needed for a thin steel handle through curved-back sides). This thicker, straight handle is needed for bending the handle cleanly, as curved sides do not allow bending without breaking.

    If you want to try this hack, look in Hotel and Restaurant supply stores, they typically carry this sturdier type of kitchen skimmer. Best of luck to everyone!


  5. Anonymous says:

    I wanted to try this last monday…
    Looks likes it’s not around anymore at IKEA Switzerland :(

  6. Anonymous says:

    This last picture from the side really makes it clear to me just how simple this whole thing is: Brilliant!

    I’m going to try this over the weekend. I’ve got a round glass vessel sink with a good looking, but too low (for the vessel) soap dispenser.


  7. Anonymous says:

    To everyone: I appreciate all your kind comments, and thanks to all who voted for my little hack. Keep on hacking and posting!

    To Amy from way back and Anonymous above:
    I’ll ask Jules to place some sideways pictures that I finally took. Hope that helps.


  8. Anonymous says:

    I wish there was a better picture. maybe a side view or underneath view to show the clamping process.
    Great idea and good on you for looking st everything just a little bit differently.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is so good, you should patent it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    you have changed my point of view like no one else before.
    I find myself looking at everyday objects and in the back of my mind wondering what they could be turned into….

    This kitchen skimmer-soap dish solves a problem in such a simple, inexpensive, yet aesthetically pleasing way that it begs the question: what are all the professional product designers doing with their time?

  11. Anonymous says:

    WOW!! Great eye *thumbs up* Love how the simplicity and the shape mimic one another. Very lovely indeed!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    What a little gem of a hack!


  13. Anonymous says:

    Best, most creative hack of 2011 and good looking to boot!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Inspired Idea! Cool elegant looks! Easy to do! What’s not to like?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Great hack!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Fab idea, great understated look, AND simple to do. How come I never thought of this…?
    Love it.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Sharp looking hack! Simply terrific! Love it.


  18. Anonymous says:

    Wow, what a light bulb moment in the kitchen section! Creative and out of the box hack. Chicest looking soap dish I’ve come across.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Rare hack that does not look hackish. I bet your guests never realize the true provenance of this stylish soap dish. Simply brilliant idea.

    Thanks for sharing, Sarah

  20. Nick Austin says:

    Unlike a lot of stuff on this site, this looks fantastic and unlikely to collapse.

  21. Hatice says:

    So far this is the brigtest idea I have seen on here(there are so many nice ones), I shall be copy righting=)))

  22. Helen says:

    How cool! I’m a soapmaker, so I’m always interested in soap dishes. No vessel sinks right now, but if we have them in our next home, I doing this:-)

  23. Ellie says:

    Just love, love, love this hack. Now I want a vessel sink too. You’ve got the eye, Pippa. Kudos!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Everyone: Glad you all like my little hack.

    Amy, I’ll take a sideways picture in the near future.


  25. Anonymous says:

    Ingenious! What a simple yet elegant solution to the soap puddle mess on the counter. A+

  26. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic, brilliant, clever…all that!
    Any other pictures from the side showing the new soap dish on the sink/bowl?
    - Amy, Chicago

  27. Anonymous says:

    Very clever, creative hack. Great look. Well done!

  28. Anonymous says:

    First class idea! Looks terrific! And what SillySimple said.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Genius in its simplicity! Extremely functional and looks super cool.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Crazy smart, out-of-the-box thinking. Brilliant!


  31. Anonymous says:

    That. Is. Brilliant.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant! I’ve mostly moved to liquid soap pumps but I’ve felt the pain of soap dish puddles. Kudos!

  33. SillySimple says:

    Slightly off topic, but I love the color of that soap!

  34. Great idea!
    I’ve got a similar bathroom problem and this might work for me too. Although my sink poses some different issues because of its shape.
    Thanks for sharing.

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