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How to Make a Soap Holder out of a Bag of Onions

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Find out how to turn a bag of onions into an environmentally friendly soap holder net.

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?
Advantages:
+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!)
+Easy construction


Disadvantages:
- Depending on your particular aesthetic style, could be relatively unattractive

 
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jmroberts3 months ago

Thanks to this instructable, I put my soap scraps in onion bag. The lather was great, and the bag acted like an scrub brush. I'm glad that I can use my scraps without melting and forming soap bars.

MicawberSchism10 months ago
Most of the middle class families will go after bar soaps than liquid soaps. But due to weather conditions or any personal reasons, some may not be able to keep their soap clean and hygienic. With the help of soap holders like this, there will be no more spreading of bacteria from melted soap. Also you can ensure that it will be dry and clean always.  
Cool. And so simple! I have a bunch of those small hotel soap bars, this would be a good way to hold three or four in the net bag to use at once.
CrLz2 years ago
Great idea!

I melted a hole in the plastic label and added a left-over hook from a broken clothing hanger. Perfect in my shower.
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Good idea... I do that with my left over soap pieces, I put them in a mesh bag. I don't find it scratchy one bit, in fact it makes the soap quite lathered! :)
Good way to reuse the soap, but looks kinda painful and scratchy (fromexperience of handling these types of bags).
It would be even worse for me having eczema as the plastic would pulloff my scabs... not good.
You could always find something gentler on the skin. For most people, I suppose women, more than men, getting rid of dead skin cells is a good thing. It makes your skin have a smooth. polished, younger look.
Very good idea. Get it really wet and soapy first. The do it GENTLY, and then soon you will not have to even use body lotion, unless you want to. I know this from experience.  Lets see how it works out. Give  some ideas on different bags. Just don't use it on you face and some other areas on the body.  Bluestockings

Well, now how nifty! As we try to become greener and greener, that looks like a perfect idea. This is really good for shower or bath.

 Thank you I will try it very soon. Bluestockings
And one other thing. Good for kids craft too. My grandson will love it. Keep the ideas coming. Love it! Bluestockings
nave4 years ago
wouldn't it kinda scratch?
AwajiMan (author)  nave4 years ago
You would think so, but it hardly scratches at all. If you can get your hands on a plastic sleeve like the one pictured (diamond-shaped lattice holes) it's the same type of material as a bathing pouf. Also, the soap lubricates the plastic so at most you'll just scrape off some dead surface skin cells.
Jeremy B4 years ago
 "Eat Onions, procure bag" I don't know why this line makes me giggle so. 
brentonl4 years ago
I use those when i go camping, but i usually used a sock.
dombeef4 years ago
Very ingenious.

They should start making onion bags with
some of the fancy nylon netting.

For our sake.
hishealer4 years ago
Next time I shop for produce, I'll look for a good textured netbag.  Not too rough!  Good idea, I think this may be whatthose fancy poufs are made of anyway...
Yeah same stuff, the poufs are made of one long segment of it that canbe unwound and used to hang shampoo bottles in the shower.