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Soap holders provide hygienic and visually appealing storage for bars of soap. They prevent unsightly soap residues in the shower and on the washbasin rim, are easy to clean and can be cleaned without much effort. Proper storage in a soap holder can significantly extend the life of your soap bar.

There is a suitable soap holder for everyone, with the right shape or size, the right material and the optimal wall mounting for the corresponding area of use. In our comparison, we have therefore looked at some products, picked out the most important points and shown the various advantages and disadvantages.




Summary

  • A soap holder protects your soap bar from moisture and humidity and is the optimal storage to preserve the quality and lifetime of your soap bar.
  • The most important buying criteria are the size and shape, the material, the draining option and the mounting options.
  • Soap holders are already available for very little money, but you should always pay attention to the quality, which is characterised in particular by a sufficient draining option and good workmanship.

The Best Soap Holder: Our Picks

Buying and rating criteria for soap holders

In order to find the perfect soap holder for you, we have picked out some buying criteria that you can use to compare and evaluate different models:

Size and shape

The size and shape of your soap holder should mainly be matched to the size and heaviness of the soap bar. Soap holders that are attached without a screw connection and with the help of glue, suction cups or other vacuum closures are often light and cannot carry heavy bars of soap. This is different from soap holders that are mounted on the wall with screws. These can be larger and are often suitable for multiple bars of soap as they can support more weight.

Materials

The following list shows the most common materials and their most important properties:

  • Stainless steel: Many soap holders are made of this material, which is frequently used in bathrooms. They are temperature and weather resistant as well as rust-free and easy to keep clean. In addition, stainless steel is particularly impact and scratch resistant and can be 100 % recycled.
  • Plastic: Plastic is particularly light and is therefore often used for soap holders that are attached by glue or suction cups. In addition, plastic is particularly robust and thus has the advantage of being durable. Care should be taken not to neglect cleaning, as transparent plastics often discolour.
  • Wood: Soap holders made of wood are most often made of bamboo or olive wood. These woods are very robust, sustainable and can absorb and release moisture well. Nevertheless, it is important to note that wooden soap holders should never stand in water to avoid water damage and mould.
  • Ceramic: Ceramic is particularly characterised by its durability and hardness; it is robust and scratch-resistant. Ceramic is also very easy to clean and can be wiped clean.

The material of a soap holder not only has an influence on its appearance, but also on its quality and durability. Therefore, it is worth considering exactly which material you want to use before buying.

Draining facility

Soap bars should have as little contact surface as possible and be well ventilated from all sides, as they can swell and crack if they are permanently damp. This makes it easier for bacteria to penetrate and multiply, which must be avoided at all costs. Soap holders in which you attach the soap bar with the help of a magnet are particularly hygienic because the soap bar has almost no contact surface and is well ventilated from all sides.

For soap holders with a larger contact surface, on the other hand, you should make sure that water can drip off well after use and that the soap is also well ventilated from below. This can be ensured, for example, by removable draining grids or sieves.

Fastening

The way a soap holder is fixed depends on where it is used and whether or not it can be screwed on. Screws are often not used to avoid unsightly holes in tiles or the wall if the soap holder is no longer needed. That's why there are many mounting-free models or those that can be attached with the help of glue, suction cups or other vacuum closures.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about soap holders answered in detail

To give you an even better insight, the following section answers the most important questions about soap holders.

What is a soap holder and what is it useful for?

Soap bars should be protected from moisture and wetness and stored hygienically to preserve the quality of the soap and to avoid annoying soap residues in the shower or at the sink. They therefore offer you the opportunity to store bars of soap in a dry, residue-free and visually appealing way.

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With a soap holder, your soap bars get enough air from all sides to dry well. (Image source: Nadia Clabassi / Unsplash)

Soap holders come in all kinds of sizes and shapes, materials and with different fastening options, which have advantages and disadvantages depending on the area of use. All models should have a good draining option in particular, otherwise the actual purpose is missed.

What types of soap holders are there?

Basically, soap holders can be divided into two categories, both types are explained in more detail in the following two paragraphs.

  • Soap holder with fastening: Soap holders with fastening are used in all areas, whereby the shelf is usually a type of basket or grid. Often the soap holder is attached to the shower bar or fixed to the wall by a screw connection, suction cups or adhesive. A special feature of this type are soap holders with magnets. Here, a holder is attached to the wall and a metal piece with prongs (similar to a crown cap) is then pressed into the soap bar, allowing it to float freely on the magnet.
  • Soap holder without mounting: Soap holders without mounting or also called soap dishes are often used at washbasins and are often very design-oriented. There are also so-called soap cushions or soap bags that can be used for storage. These are often made of natural materials such as loofah or sisal and must therefore be cleaned regularly.

Whether you choose a soap holder with or without fastening depends mainly on whether you are prepared to drill holes or prefer to remove the soap holder without leaving any residue. The chosen location also plays a role.

What is the best way to clean a soap holder?

Soap holders should be cleaned differently depending on the material used. While you can use the usual bathroom cleaners to remove soap residue and dirt from soap holders made of stainless steel, plastic and ceramic, you should take care to clean soap holders made of wood more gently. To clean the wood, you should only use a damp cloth to protect the material. If mould has formed, you can also soak a wooden soap holder in salt water, then scrub it properly and finally leave it to dry completely in the sun.

Conclusion

To give your soap bar a long life, it should be stored in a dry and well-ventilated place with the help of a soap holder. There is therefore the right size and shape for every soap and the right material and optimum fastening for every application.

Soap holders are easy to care for and clean and help you keep your bathroom tidy. In addition, you are doing something good for the environment if you do without liquid soap or similar products and use a soap holder to provide good storage for your solid soap.

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