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    Homemade Tofu Soap Dish

    By thomas | September 11, 2007

    Soap DishAhhh..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:

    Here’s what we do:

    1. 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.
      Package of tofu
    2. 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!
      Miso soup with tofu
    3. Tear off the excess plastic from the package.
      Empty package of tofu
    4. Using scissors, cut some holes in the bottom. This is so water doesn’t accumulate in your soap dish and dissolve your soap prematurely.
      Tofu Soap DishTofu Soap Dish 2
      Tofu Soap Dish 3
    5. Place your new homemade soap dish in your bathroom, and drop some soap in there. Perfect fit!
      Tofu Soap Dish 4

    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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    8 Responses to “Homemade Tofu Soap Dish”

    1. ジェイソン (Jason) Says:
      September 13th, 2007 at 8:06 am

      This is pretty simple, and uses my 2nd favourite tofu! These containers are also great in the early spring to get a head start on gardening. Just dump some dirt in there, plant a seed, and by the time the weather is warm enough to plant, you have a seedling growing healthy and strong :)

    2. thomas Says:
      September 13th, 2007 at 2:06 pm

      Jason: That’s a good idea! I’ll make a note of it and write a post next Spring. :)

      What’s your favorite tofu btw? I like this kind a lot:

    3. ジェイソン (Jason) Says:
      September 15th, 2007 at 10:11 pm

      My favourite tofu comes from a tofuya not too far from the local Apita. It’s made right there, so a little more expensive than the store brands, but tastes sooooo good. :)

    4. kk Says:
      September 29th, 2007 at 2:38 am

      I’m not sure I understand why you wouldn’t just wash your original soap dish to begin with.

    5. thomas Says:
      September 30th, 2007 at 10:41 pm

      Jason: Do they let you watch them make the tofu from scratch like you can do at Udon/Soba shops?

      kk: My soap dish, sadly, was beyond cleaning. I just replaced it with the tofu dish and recycled it.

    6. Funky Love Bunny Says:
      October 12th, 2007 at 2:09 am

      Its amazing how much people over look packaging.

      When I was on the romance car coming back from hakone (hello to emi that works on that train :) ) I was drinking one cup sake that came in these really nice disposable blue glass containers, perfect small glasses or for shots or just enjoying sake back at my appartment so i just poped them in my bag and no need to buy glasses!

    7. thomas Says:
      October 14th, 2007 at 10:01 am

      Funky Love Bunny: Thanks for the comment. That’s a good idea! Those cup sake containers are just the right size :)

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