Opening the Shikakai Pump Soaps

A lot of emails come through our customer service account from people having difficulties opening the Dr. Bronner’s Shikakai pump soaps. Here is a quick demonstration of how to do it. If this doesn’t help, still contact that email address, You’ll hear from my sister-in-law Erin Bronner. (September 2014 Update – the lovely Crystal True is now answering customer service emails.)

6 thoughts on “Opening the Shikakai Pump Soaps

  1. I think our problem with these soaps is our very dry climate. A day or so after opening, they clog. But we love the soap. Any ideas?

  2. @ Terri – Wow, my response is super late. I must have missed this one way back when. If you’re having difficulty with the Shikakai pumps clogging, you are right: dry climate = evaporation. Add a little more water to the bottles to thin them out.

    As a sidenote, and as Dr. Bronner’s posts in many places, do not put the Pure Castile soaps in a pump dispenser. They will clog. This becomes dangerous when they clog partially, and send a jet of soap flying upwards into the unsuspecting handwasher’s face. The Castile soaps were not designed for pumps, and no amount of fiddling with the concentration/dilution will make them work.

    All the best,

  3. Hey there! I actually had great success using Dr. Bronner’s castile soap (peppermint) in a foaming pump, oddly enough the pump that worked best was DAWN foaming soap, I think it was dish soap or kitchen soap, I just flushed it all out and it worked like a charm…

    I’m curious – I just bought some Dr. Bronner’s ALL ONE ORGANIC LOTION (Lavender Coconut) and for the life of me, I cannot figure out the pump, they seem to not go down at all and sort of just come off? Any ideas?

  4. I have been trying to find the place on here to purchase the Shikakai Soap how can I purchase this item ?

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