This is a DIY Shampoo Pump Bottle handle that attaches to the neck of a pump top bottle for shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. It lets you hold onto the bottle with one finger while pressing down on the pump with your thumb, which is helpful if the bottle is on a slippery counter or hanging in a basket.
A lot of soap and shampoo come in pump bottles now. While it’s a lot easier to use than a squeeze bottle, I keep the bottles on a hangin shower caddy or a shelf. The problem comes when you try to push the pump while the shampoo bottle is still on a shelf that’s either glued or suction cupped to the wall. In my experience, as I’m pushing on the pump, the shelf and everything on it comes crashing down.
While the shelf is strong enough to hold the weight of the bottles, it eventually fails when you press down on the pump.
In order to get around this, I used an empty bottle to make a handle that fits just underneath the pump top. One finger hooks onto the handle while the thumb pushes the pump.
It works by transferring the pressure from the pump onto your fingers instead of to the shelf. No more slipping bottles or broken shelves in the shower .
How to make a shampoo pump bottle handle
To make your own pump bottle handle, you’ll need:
- an empty shampoo, or moisturizer bottle
- a permanent market
- a sharp utility knife
- drill bits, or step drill bit
- a power drill
Step 1: Cut the bottle in half and wash out anything left over.
I used a flat/oval moisturizer bottle which allows me to make two handles.
Step 2: mark out the centers of the holes on the bottom and the side.
I marked the centers 3/4″ from the edges on both the bottom and the sides.
Step 3. Drill a pilot hole using a small drill bit on all 4 centers.
Step 4. Enlarge the pilot holes using a step drill bit.
A step drill bit is really handy in drilling large holes in thin material. If you try drilling a large hole with a regular drill bit , it would most likely catch on the material and gouge an ugly hole, not to mention be a bit dangerous.
If you don’t have a stepped drill bit, carefully draw a circle and cut with a utility knife.
The hole on the bottom needs to be just large enough to fit over the neck of the bottle but not too large that it slips over the pump top. For the bottle I’m using, the hole I needed was rough 1 1/8″ in diameter. I ended up using a 1″ spade bit and trimmed with a utility knife until it fit.
The hole on the side makes the handle and should be large enough to comfortably fit your finger.
Step 5: Cut the handle to shape.
Once you have all the holes drilled to size, it time to cut the shape of the handles. Be sure the leave enough material around the holes so it doesn’t tear.
Step 6: Unscrew the pump top install the handle onto the pump bottle
There you go! A pump handle for you shampoo, conditioner, or body wash.