We’ve all been at hotels and short-term rentals where soap trays end up looking like the picture below. Ironically, it’s unsanitary for soap to sit around in the water, especially in places where we center all our cleaning activities. This is especially important to think about in rental cleaning areas.
The same often applies to sponges when they lay out on kitchen counters and don’t dry properly.
The problem with old fashioned soap dishes is that there is often no effective way for water to drain out. Some have holes in them and some do not. The ones that have holes in them often let the water out directly under the dish, which makes a mess under the dish itself.
I found these soap dish trays that did exactly what I was looking for. They are designed to let water flow out. If you align this with your bathroom or kitchen sink, the water drains directly out and doesn’t leave a mess on the counter. The soap bars will also be dry the next time you use them. The picture below shows how guests use them at Loudoun Escape in the kitchen.
These soap dish tray can also be used for sponges so that they can drain out the water and dry better. Another example from our Loudoun Escape kitchen is below.
The dishes themselves are very easy to clean, either by hand washing or in the dishwasher. (The trays linked above are dishwasher safe.) We add this as a quick task to our checklist for our cleaning company to complete.
This is a very inexpensive way to keep counters and soap trays much more hygienic in rental cleaning spaces!