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Hotel Mini Bars of Soap

Cathrine Gunasekara

A pet peeve of mine is the hotel soap bar.

It’s gross
Yes, it looks decorative when nicely wrapped in paper with the hotel logo on it. But as soon as I use it, it just looks gross swimming in a puddle of soap water. Some hotels don’t even offer a soap holder so it slides around on the vanity top making a mess.

It’s wasteful
A soap bar makes a lot of sense at home where you can use the entire bar, but not at a hotel where I use maybe a third at most. So what happens to all the barely used soap bars? Most hotels sadly just throw them out, but thankfully some hotel chains partner with organizations that recycle the soap, like Clean the World. But the soap bar still creates paper waste from the wrapping and then there’s all the energy used for transporting and the process of recycling them.

Dispensers
I love it when hotel bathrooms have push-button dispensers for shower gel and shampoo instead of having to deal with the miniature tubes and bottles. Especially when the hotel has splurged on brand name shampoo and not the stuff that makes my hairdresser cry.

But I rarely see dispensers for hand soap, so hopefully that will also be more common soon. It should be more eco-friendly as hotels can buy in bulk limiting the plastic use and also cost-saving as they’d pay for just the soap used.