Soap, shampoo, and conditioner bars are really popular at the moment! They’re environmentally friendly, readily available from local suppliers, affordable, and if they’re like mine, are made with as few ingredients as possible (And nourishing ones at that). 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 bars that disintegrate rather quickly. Not what you want. You need to ensure the soap is stored correctly. This means, you want to store it on a free-draining dish, away from running water; 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. At the time of writing, they were $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 bars 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, aluminium, and even stainless steel. I prefer to avoid plastic where possible, therefore I use stainless steel and aluminium.
The Block Dock (As shown above) is a NZ designed and made aluminium soap dish. Its genius design enables your bar to drain freely, and it attaches easily to your shower wall. Alternatively, you can sit it on a shelf.
Here is an example of a stainless steel dish that is super effective! This dish will catch all the drips for a no-mess solution. It will fit one bar laying down, or two standing on their edge. This is good quality stainless steel, and as such comes with a bigger price tag.
This wooden soap dish looks stylish, is light weight, and functional. It will catch the drips, and is perfect if you love wood. It’s also made locally by a retired builder.
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 soap bags that you put scraps, or even full sized bars in. You can then hang them over the sink or in the shower, and collect all the little bits of soap to use. Brilliant!
We also sell hemp soap saver bags. Therefore, if you prefer natural fibres, this would be a great option for you.
We have two bags on rotation in each bathroom. Ultimately one gets a bit soggy after a while, so we hang that one up to dry and start on the other one. These have completely eliminated soap/shampoo waste in our house.
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 8 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!
If you make your own liquid soap, use it within a month or it will start growing unsightly bacteria. You don’t want that.
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.