Greetings all. This is my first i'ble, so please bear with me through my first attempt. Also, any suggestions for improvement would be appreciated.
This is not a very original project - the idea is actually pretty widespread in Japan. They sell these nylon mesh holders for bar soaps that usually are attached to a draw string. These are commonly found in public bathrooms in municipal parks and schools, where they are tied to sinks in an effort to keep bars of soap from getting dropped on the ground and lost, or to keep absent-minded citizens from walking off with them.
You may have seen something similar to this already, however, I did a search and couldn't find an instructable that outlines how to make one of these simple household devices so I decided it would be worthwhile to add the idea to the community. Also, the approach of repurposing packaging to another function is something that I think makes this project just a little bit unique.
So what are the benefits of making one of these little guys?
+Lower cost of bar soap as compared to liquid soap
+Reduction of plastic that would be diverted to landfill from packaging, dispensers, refills, onion bags, etc.
+Soap dries while hanging, resulting in a longer functional life per bar (i.e. No soggy soapy goop at the bottom of a soap dish to deal with! Less bacteria and mold growing in the dish leads to more hygienic soap)
+Those little tabs and chips of old soap bars that you've been avoiding throwing out now have a home, and can finally exercise their full potential
+Provides friction for gripping the soap bar, thus avoiding embarrassing memories of gym class
+Exfoliates the skin rather nicely and generates a nice lather
+Effectively free and indefinitely reusable (comes with onions!)
- Depending on your particular aesthetic style, could be relatively unattractive
Step 1: Gather Materials & Tools
1) Bag of Onions
The town I currently am staying in has an onion producing industry, so naturally I opted for onions. Basically you want any type of PP or nylon vegetable bag large enough to hold a bar of soap. You can often find them in different colors: red or orange for onions, green for avocado, white for garlic, etc, etc.
Alternatively, you could use a pair of nylon hose, but then you'd lose the quick drying benefit of the PP mesh bag.
2) Bar of Soap
Any type of bar soap will work just fine. (Yes, even Bacon Soap...)
3) Scissors (not pictured)
In case you need to cut open the bag.
4) Bic Lighter (optional)
5) Nylon cord (optional)