There are plenty of attractive soap dispensers out there; you simply want to match the design to the style of the room. Or find an unconventional container and adapt it to liquid soap. Or consider some ways to get that bar soap off the vanity, so the only things you’ll need to clean are your hands.
Every bathroom needs soap next to the sink. But soap dishes can become unsightly and a breeding ground for soggy scum. The dispensers that liquid soap are sold in aren’t particularly sturdy or attractive, either. So what’s the stylish and stable alternative?
Attractive dispensers are one go-to solution. I like the way these are raised off the vanity, eliminating messy rings.
Try to match the dispenser to the setting. In this futuristicpowder room, a streamlined decanter feels just right.
An elegant bottle sets just the right mood in this traditional setting.
Get creative with your soap dispensers. A spritzer or even a vintage oil can will dress up a sink and add character to the setting.
Consider a carafe or laboratory beaker for a funky, modern alternative to the traditional pump bottle. (I don’t recommend putting it on the burner, however.)
A skull serves as a sponge holder beside this sink but could just as easily contain a bar of soap. If skulls are a little too macabre for you, consider a vintage toy truck, a shell, a rock, an old doll bed — the possibilities are endless.
Soap holders hang over the edge of this trough sink, freeing up counter space and eliminating the accumulation of soapy residue.
Another nifty solution, this soap niche keeps the counter clear but the soap close at hand.
A soap caddy straddles this commodious sink, keeping any drips well contained. The same concept could be applied to a trough sink or a vessel sink (like the one in the previous photo).
Here’s another way to get the soap off the vanity: a magnetic soap holder. A metal button is pressed into the bar of soap, which is then magnetically affixed to a wall-mounted stem. You can leave the soap in place as you run your hands across it, or remove it for more diligent cleaning.
Rotating soap holders are a longtime tradition in France — with good reason. They keep counters free and allow soap to dry quickly. No wonder they’re a staple in schools and public buildings. This model fromGearCulture comes with a bar of lemon oil soap that’s good for 1,000 washings.
For sanitation and convenience, you can’t beat a touch-free soap pump. Just pass your hand underneath, and it dispenses a measured amount of hand cleaner. When it’s positioned at the edge of a sink, spills go right down the drain.
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