The History of Soap Shakers

Our Soap Shaker design mirrors very closely the original vintage design, patented by Washburn Co in 1922 (now expired). It was invented by Douglas Hammond, from Worcester, Massaachusetts, so that his soap could be “agitated in water to dissolve part of the soap, therein without the necessity of handling the soap directly”.

A soap shaker is a box entirely made from wire metal with a handle. The box opens and Soap is placed inside. These may be pieces that have become too small to be used as hand soap. This way even small pieces of bar soap could be re-used and are not wasted. Held by its handle, the Soap Shaker is vigorously shaken. The result is that the water will become soapy, rich with suds that can be used for all kinds of cleaning purposes.

Example:  Soap shaker, drawing as part of its granted patent
The use of a soap shaker was common early to mid 20th century. The invention and sale of powdered or liquid soap diminished its use.  Soap Shakers NZ are aiming to create a Soap Shaker “Renaissance”, with household dish-liquid bottles being a just one battle, in the bigger War on single use plastics.