I am bullish on bar soaps. My husband converted me to using bar soap in the shower (we both use basic Dove bar soap and as a former liquid body soap purist, I promise I haven’t missed it once). I have also been experimenting with bar dish soap (have been using and loving this bar by Farmhouse Basic Collection). Needless to say, I am in favor of pretty hand soaps in our bathrooms as well.
When using quality bar soap in the bathroom or the kitchen, it’s a great idea to also invest a quality soap dish. There are so many dishes to choose from, so I curated a list of my favorites in a handful of long-lasting materials: marble and stone, enamel, wood, and porcelain.
Best Soap Dish Options for Any Kitchen or Bathroom
Marble and Stone
If you love the look of marble but aren’t ready to commit to the maintenance (and cost) that comes with marble countertops, then try a marble soap dish.
Enamelware is made from a metal base (most commonly steel, iron, or aluminum) that is coated with glass-like material called porcelain enamel. Enamelware is a great material for a soap dish because it is extremely hardy and long lasting. These look particularly great in a space that is French-inspired or has a rustic farmhouse aesthetic.
If you are drawn to home decor made from more natural looking materials, then a wooden soap dish might be perfect for you. The type of wood you choose does make a difference! Great options include:
- Beech wood
- Teak wood
- Cedar wood
Porcelain & Ceramic
If you like a clean soap dish that doesn’t draw too much attention, then a simple, white porcelain option might be best for you. I use these in my house because I would rather notice a pretty soap bar than the dish. Plus, they tend to be affordable and easy to keep clean. With my toddler now learning how to wash his hands, I am happy to decorate my bathroom with items that aren’t too precious!
Kait is the founder and editor of A Clean Bee. She is passionate about discovering natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable ways to clean and organize her home. Kait has been featured in online publications such as NBC News, Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed and PopSugar for her expertise in natural cleaning techniques. She enjoys spending her off-time outside in her garden with her husband and their two small boys.