Soap and shampoo bars are back in fashion you know! They’re environmentally friendly, readily available from local suppliers, affordable, and if they’re like mine, are made without chemical nasties. But, how do you store them?
I’m glad you asked. You may have made the mistake of just leaving your soap in the shower, in a dish that does not drain well. The result of this is often soggy, soft soap that disintegrates rather quickly. Not what you want. You need to ensure the soap is stored correctly. This means, you want to store it in a free-draining dish, ideally in a well ventilated area.
Soap storage options
So, you’re going greener, and starting to use soap and shampoo bars again. Woohoo! Now, storing your soap depends on a few things really. How many bars do you have on the go at one time? What sort of shower/bath do you have? (Cubicle, bath with shower combo etc). Are you using a bar of soap to wash your hands at the sink?
For the serious soap users, this is what you want! Excuse the amateur photography, but I snapped these on my phone one day. The one on the left hangs over the shower head, whereas the one on the right sits over a shower cubicle. They’re $15 each in Kmart, though we bought ours somewhere else. Shop around to find one that you love. We have one like the black one, and it’s brilliant. The soap drains and dries even when hanging inside the shower cubicle 24/7. And it means I can (and do!) have 10 soaps on the go at any one time!
Just 1 bar?
So, if you have just one bar of soap to worry about, you may be fine with just a single soap dish. These come in many different shapes and sizes, from plastic to wooden, and even stainless steel. I prefer to avoid plastic where possible as I’m a bit of a greenie. Therefore, I use stainless steel.
This wooden soap dish looks stylish, is light weight, and functional. It will catch the drips, and is perfect if you love wood. We will soon be stocking these!
Another great idea comes in the form of soap storage bags. I discovered these in Japan, and have been using them ever since! They’re small mesh bags that you put soap scraps in. You can then hang them over the sink or in the shower, and collect all the little bits of soap to use. Brilliant!
Furthermore, you can easily make your own liquid soap. All you need to do is grate a bar of soap into a bowl. Pour over about 3 to 3.5 cups of boiled water, allow to sit overnight, then in the morning give it a blitz with a stick blender, and voila! Liquid soap. This is what we use around our house. I even take the soap scraps I have, and throw them all together to make ‘rainbow’ soap. Well, it starts off looking like a rainbow at least!
I hope this has helped you in some way. If you’d like to find out about the range of soap and shampoo bars that we stock, you’ll find them here.