Most olive oil dispensers are actually not ideal for olive oil storage, as they expose the oil to two of its natural enemies: light and oxygen. Tall glass dispensers (the most iconic ones) allow plenty of both in. And if you're keeping the olive oil dispenser by the stove, you're likely exposing it to its third enemy: heat.
If you do want to store olive oil in a more convenient dispenser (instead of the large container you may buy it in) we recommend a ceramic vessel, like this one from World Market, stored away from the stove. That's not to say a glass dispenser like the one above doesn't have a place in the kitchen. It certainly does!
A more traditional olive oil dispenser is perfect for dispensing liquid dish soap. Even if you have a dishwasher, you still need to keep dish soap on hand for the heavy-duty or hand-wash-only items. And if you don't have a dishwasher, well, you're spending a lot of time by the sink. When it comes to a more attractive soap dispenser, the best buy might be an olive oil dispenser for more reasons than one.
For starters, a basic olive oil dispenser, like this one, from Tablecraft, is only $8. It's also sleek and good-looking, deserving of a spot next to your sink. The glass body also cleans down fast if you get soap buildup on the outside, and you don't have to worry about struggling with pumps or squeeze bottles. Simply tip the dispenser over the hot water or onto your sponge and go.
Tip: If your soap takes a while to come out or you're near the bottom of the bottle, try adding a little bit of water to dilute it.
Perhaps the best part? Getting rid of the plastic, store-bought bottles also frees you up to buy soap in bulk, which saves money in the long run.