the d-i-y perfect soap dish: a sponge

photo: sally schneider

The soap dish is one of those inventions that seem destined to NOT fulfill all the requirements we need them too. Designed to keep bar soap from sitting in water, the wet residue from the soap has to end up somewhere, either on the sink/tub surface or in the bottom of the soap dish, requiring cleaning later.

When we moved into our new space recently, finding a well-designed soap dish was not high on our list of endless more-essential things to accomplish. Without thinking, we improvised one: a simple dry sponge we’d had on hand. It absorbed the watery residue from the bar of soap with no mess, and because it barely got wet, there was no issue of mildewing. To clean it, we just wet the sponge and rinse it out.  It seems we’d inadvertently found the perfect soap dish.

H-m-m-m. What if we got a nice looking sponge, like a white one ? (Is there such a thing as a white sponge)? We discovered Twist Naked Sponge on Amazon.

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It was too large so we custom-cut it with a bread knife (though since then have found that they come in a variety of sizes. Et voila:

photo: sally schneider

photo: sally schneider

We figure there are lots of possibilities in the realm of natural sponges, loofahs and other washing/scrub pads and have started to look around.

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7 Responses to the d-i-y perfect soap dish: a sponge

  1. Laura Handler 07.18.2012 at 10:42am #


  2. Remé Verster 07.18.2012 at 11:12am #

    Very clever! You can also use the soapy sponge to clean the bath before rinsing it out – saves using more soap to clean.

  3. Sally 07.18.2012 at 1:12pm #

    Yep! and polish up those chrome fixtures…

  4. DEBORAH DAMELIO 07.20.2012 at 1:07pm #

    I never thought of sponges as Office Products (Amazon).

  5. Laura 05.10.2013 at 1:07pm #

    Absolutely brilliant.

  6. Cailin 02.05.2014 at 12:26am #

    So genius! I’ve always hated soap dishes for this reason. This is my new solution!

  7. Sally 02.08.2014 at 11:43am #

    Yeah, this has worked well. I’ve tried different sponge options and actually found a sponge soap dish at Mugii that has worked well (I ditched the plate underneath it). Great minds….

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