The $25 Splurge That Makes My Kitchen a Cleaner and Happier Place

updated May 1, 2019
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Washing dishes is a necessity, but I’ve learned through both personal experience and feedback from our readers that making a few little tweaks to the chore — pouring a glass of wine, listening to a podcast, using a dish soap that you love — can transform the experience into one that’s relaxing and even pleasant.

Beyond that, I believe in the often-paraphrased William Morris quote about everything in your home being useful or beautiful. And as a long-time apartment-dweller, I will say that ideally most of the things in my home are both useful and beautiful — because when you’re low on space, you don’t have room for something that’s not helpful and you don’t want to look at something that’s not your style all the time.

And that’s why this seemingly simple find is a worthy splurge for the kitchen; it’s useful and beautiful!

Handmade of recycled glass with a gold-toned metal spout, this 12-ounce dispenser is just the sort of thing you want sitting by your kitchen sink. First of all, it’s just straight-up pretty. When you’re using it, you have no choice but to be happy. When you’re not using it, you can just look at it and it’ll put a smile on your face.

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Equally as important: It’s totally functional. Actually, way more functional than other soap dispensers. Unlike the kind that you have to pump, this one squirts out soap exactly where you need it — whether that’s onto a sponge or directly onto a particularly gunky spot on a pan. Precision soap delivery! And because it has a weighted stopper, the soap doesn’t dribble down the sides of the glass or make things slippery.

So yes, $25 might seem like a lot to spend on an accessory for your sink. It’s basically equivalent to a takeout dinner or pizza for the fam, but it will deliver so much joy long after that last slice gets gobbled up.

What do you think? Would this make you enjoy washing dishes a little bit more?