There are many reasons to favor classic bar soap over liquid—it’s more environmentally friendly (less packaging), generally contains fewer harsh, skin-stripping chemicals, and tends to be cheaper. The downside? It can leave a dreaded layer of soap scum on your kitchen or bathroom sink. To counteract this slimy problem, here are 10 of our favorite metal soap dishes, both freestanding and wall-mounted.
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Above: This Kyoto brushed stainless steel soap holder lets water dry from soap at all angles. Available on Amazon for $14.92.
Above: From the German homewares manufacturer Blomus, this stainless steel soap dish features removable bars for easy cleaning; $38.99.
Above: Restoration Hardware’s Pharmacy Metal Bath Accessories line adds a classic apothecary feeling to the bathroom. The soap dish contains a ribbed well to keep soap dry. Available in 5 finishes, including polished chrome; $70.
Above: From favorite Japanese brand Muji, this attractive and simple stainless steel soap dish is a great no-frills budget option; $5.90.
Above: The Asscher Soap Dish from Waterworks is a glamorous, geometric option. Hand-crafted from pewter, it measures 4.75″ x 3.56″ x 1″; $148.
Above: This heavy-duty metal soap dish from Deltana hardware mounts to the wall, allowing for superior drainage; $60.88.
Above: Geesa’s Chrome Wire Shower Soap Holder can be easily mounted to the wall, either over the sink or in the shower. Chrome-plated brass; $43.
Above: This brushed stainless steel soap dish comes in a 2-pack from historic Ohio retailer Lehmans; $19.99.
Above: This stainless steel soap dish from Pottery Barn’s Cyl bathroom collection features grips that prevent bar soap from slipping around; $79.
Above: Another wall-mounted option, this square wire soap dish from Gedy is made from aluminum with a polished chrome finish; $102.
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