How to Store Shampoo Bars in the Shower
Solid shampoos are a more economical and longer-lasting option than bottled shampoos. However, if you want your solid shampoo to last, you need to store it properly when not in use.
To prolong the life of your shampoo bar, it is necessary to keep it dry between uses. Otherwise, it will become soggy and dissolve rapidly. To avoid a short-lived shampoo bar, be sure to store your shampoo bar in a holder that has good drainage that allows the shampoo to dry after use.
Some shampoo bar manufacturers even offer accessories for keeping their shampoo bars properly stored in the bathroom or on the go when traveling.
The simplest solution to prevent your shampoo bar from becoming soggy is storing it on a shower rack. Because water doesn’t collect in the rack, and the air circulates freely, the bar dries after use. Ideally, the position of the shower rack is not in the way of the water stream.
Shampoo Bar Holders
If you don’t have a shower rack in your bathroom a shampoo bar holder will do the job. To be consistent in your green lifestyle, you want to buy a holder made of biodegradable materials, such as bamboo, wood, or biodegradable plastics. Whatever material you chose, your soap holder must have good drainage.
1. Bamboo Shampoo Bar Holder
Bamboo is a highly renewable and easily compostable material. Bamboo holders usually have a glazed surface to prevent moisture absorption, and some bamboo holders have non-slip rubber feet that stabilize and elevate the holder from wet surfaces, allowing for better air circulation. Bamboo holders look nice in your bathroom, but they can develop mold if exposed to moisture for prolonged periods. So, it would be best if you move the holder and the bar out of the shower area after each use.
2. Wooden Soap Dish
Wooden soap dishes are another eco-friendly solution for storing shampoo and conditioner bars. They are visually appealing and add a natural aesthetic to your bathroom.
Soap holders designed with hollowed-out wooden strips allow for easy drainage and prevent the bar from softening. This design allows for better air circulation than soap trays with drainage holes in the bottom. Whatever dish you choose, make sure to keep your bars in a cool, dry area between uses.
3. Bioplastic Shampoo Bar Holder
If you opt for a plastic holder, make sure that it is made of biodegradable plastic. Bioplastic is made from organic biomass, and, unlike conventional plastics, it will decompose over time. Bioplastic holders usually have a cover that protects the bar from water drips. Drainage is enabled through openings in the bottom.
There are holders designed to put both shampoo and conditioner in them, such as the Ethique Self-Draining in-Shower Storage Container, so you don’t have to buy two separate containers. Keep in mind, however, that Ethique’s box is made for their products so it may not accommodate bars of other brands.
4. Cork Soap Dish
Cork is a renewable and sustainable natural material, and because cork soap dishes are water-repellent, they are perfect companions for your plastic-free shampoo bars. Cork dishes sit firmly on the base without slipping around. In addition, cork dishes usually have grooves that provide proper drainage. Another type of cork soap dish has holes in the base to allow excess water to escape.
5. Soap Saver Bags
Soap bags made of cotton or sisal are a convenient solution for storing shampoo and conditioner bars. You can hang soap-saver bags anywhere in the bathroom, and you don’t have to take the bar out to use it. The bags also maintain optimal moisture levels in the bars.
A bonus is that these bags allow you to easily use your solid shampoo if it breaks or is too small to use. Because you can add a new bar without throwing away anything from the old one, soap bags are considered a “zero waste” product.
Tip: Make sure to have two different bags, one for shampoo and the other for conditioner.
How to Store Your Shampoo Bars for Travel
Solid shampoos are compact and convenient for travel. They can save space in your luggage, and there is no danger of spilling the liquid. Travel accessories for your shampoo and conditioner bars should also be made of eco-friendly materials. Regardless of the option you chose, make sure to dry a shampoo bar properly before you pack it.
1. Shampoo Bar Travel Case
Shampoo bar travel cases make your shampoo and conditioner bar easy to carry when traveling. Eco-friendly cases can be made of recycled plastic, cork, wheat fiber, or bamboo.
2. Sisal Soap Saver Bag
Sisal bags are not just a good option to keep shampoo bars in the shower, but they also work well for storing the bars when traveling. These eco-friendly travel accessories are made of natural fibers.
3. Cotton Soap Saving Bag
Some people prefer cotton bags over those made from sisal fibers because cotton feels softer. Some cotton bags are made with thin towel linings to absorb moisture and prevent any leaks. Cotton bags are compostable and don’t pollute the environment when they wear out.
4. Shampoo Bar Tin
Aluminum tins will protect your shampoo and conditioner from getting squished during transport. Aluminum is a lightweight and eco-friendly material. It can be easily recycled without losing quality.
After using the shampoo bar, avoid putting it back in the tin until it’s dry. If a metal tin gets wet, wipe the tin with a paper towel. If you have to store a wet shampoo bar in the metal tin, make sure to take it out as soon as possible as moisture can melt it.