If you feel frustrated with your clogged soap dispenser, then let me tell you that you are not alone. It is a common problem of this device. When you are using it on a regular basis for few months, then it is likely that residues of soap get coagulated and block the nozzle of its pump or the underlying tube attached to it. When you face this problem, then there are two options available with you. Either, you unclog the dispenser or you replace it by installing a new one. Unclogging is a more preferred option mainly because purchasing a new soap dispenser is an expensive affair.
Unclogging a Soap Dispenser
As the coagulated soap that clogs up the dispenser is soluble in water, unclogging it is not at all a difficult task. You do not need any specialized tool for this cleaning job. You just have to protect your hands with thick, waterproof gloves as you have to handle hot water. The important steps of how to unclog a soap dispenser are given below:
Step #1: First of all, you have to dismantle the dispenser and as you have to clean up each of its parts separately. Remove its top from the base. For this, you just have to unscrew the lid of the dispenser. If the tube that draws the soap is detachable, then you must remove that too. However, keep the head of the pump intact. Pour out the soap left behind in the container.
Step #2: Next, place the pump under hot, running water to rinse it. Rub your fingers all over the pump to dislodge hard soapy residues. You have to rinse it several times in order to remove maximum debris attached to its surface.
Step #3: If the solid soapy substances are firmly lodged, then simple rinsing is not enough. It should be followed by soaking up of the pump into hot water. Fill up the sink with hot water and submerge the pump and other parts completely into the water. This is done to loosen up the soap residues. Leave it untouched for half an hour. If there are hard deposits of soap, then you can soak it overnight in a tub of hot water. After soaking, take a small scrub brush or toothbrush and rub it over the opening of the pump head and other connection points where maximum deposits occur. Finally rinse off with plain water.
Step #4: Any solid particles that are stuck in the hole of the dispenser pump head can be cleaned with the help of a paperclip. Make the paperclip straight and push it into the opening of the pump head. Any other narrow crevices in the pump should be clean up in the same manner. Wash with water to clean up the removed soapy particles.
Step #5: Then you have to clean up the tube connected to the pump. Now, if it is detachable, then you can place it directly under the tap of hot water and pass water through it to clean up any clogging material stuck inside it. If it cannot be detached, then turn the pump upside down and run some hot water through it to clean up some of the residues. Then take a small pipe cleaner, put it inside the tube and run it back and forth motions. Then move it in circular motions to thoroughly clean up all debris that are still there.
Step #6: You have to clean up the interiors of the body of the dispenser. If there is mold or mildew growth inside the dispenser, then it can clog up its pipe and pump time and again. To get rid of mold and mildew growth, use a five percent bleach solution. Fill this solution into the dispenser and keep it untouched for about half an hour. The drain it out and rinse the dispenser thoroughly with water. Finally, take a little liquid dishwashing soap on a wet sponge and rub it on the outer part of the dispenser and wash it off.
Step #7: Once you have cleaned up all the parts of the dispenser, then it is time to reassemble it. After reassembling, you must check if it is working. For this, fill up half the dispenser with water and press the pump. If water it coming out of it freely, then you can fill it up with soap and start using it.
You can prevent clogging up of the soap dispenser in future, by cleaning it up after a gap of every few months. If you are cleaning it regularly, you do not have to soak it for hours and you can finish off the cleaning job in an hour or so.