By thomas | September 11, 2007
Ahhh..the soap dish.
Most people here in Japan live reasonably close to a grocery store, but it isn’t always the same story for a 100-yen shop. Going out of your way to get to the 100-yen shop isn’t such a big deal if you have a big shopping list, but what if you just need one thing? In most cases you can hold off on the trip until you gather a few more items on your list, but what if you need it now?
This was my situation when I finally decided to toss the old, nasty soap dish that was in my bathroom. A trip to the hyaku-en shop costs me 640 yen round-trip, so it wasn’t economical to head out there for just a soap dish. For days I just let my soap sit in the middle of the sink, sordid and alone, when suddenly I had an epiphany one night while making dinner: homemade tofu soap dish.
To make your own homemade tofu soap dish, for cheaper than 100-yen, you will need the following:
- soap (optional)
Here’s what we do:
- Buy some tofu. For best results get a package that is deep. Make sure that it’s big enough to hold your bar of soap. I bought this double-pack of tofu for 98 yen.
- Eat the tofu. Put it on a small plate and pour some soy sauce on top, or just add some to your miso soup. Delicious!
- Tear off the excess plastic from the package.
- Using scissors, cut some holes in the bottom. This is so water doesn’t accumulate in your soap dish and dissolve your soap prematurely.
- Place your new homemade soap dish in your bathroom, and drop some soap in there. Perfect fit!
Making this soap dish takes about 1 minute, and if you eat tofu with any frequency it costs you nothing. If after a while your soap dish starts to get old and nasty, you can just throw it out and make a new one.
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