A little puzzle for you all

@JudyEv (259163)
Rockingham, Australia
October 20, 2021 3:56am CST
So does anyone want to confess to being old enough to have used one of these? Or maybe you haven’t used one but you know what it’s for. I saw it today on our bus trip to York in Western Australia. It was in a shop devoted to reducing waste and encouraging people to buy in bulk and/or by weight. This is a ‘soap cage’. We used to use a cake of special soap for dish-washing. The bar was placed in the cage and the cage swished around in the hot water to create soapy water for washing up. It bought a few memories to me but I didn’t buy one. It was quite expensive and I use liquid detergent for washing up.
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@Shavkat (119085)
• Philippines
20 Oct
I thought it was used in frying something.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
That's a pretty logical guess. And brownie points for trying.
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• United States
20 Oct
I would have said for frying too
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@Shavkat (119085)
• Philippines
20 Oct
@JudyEv It looks like a thing that is used in frying French fries in some fast-food chains . @Marilynda1225
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• United States
20 Oct
Actually, that is something that is apparently coming back around again, since it has less packaging than liquid dish soap. It seems to have gained enough traction to earn an article on Apartment Therapy earlier this year:
https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/solid-dish-soap-vs-liquid-36741422
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@Fleura (17848)
• United Kingdom
20 Oct
Yes, soap bars and even shampoo bars are gaining ground again. Soap bars never went out of fashion in our house - liquid soap costs about ten times as much and then you have a plastic bottle to dispose of!
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
Thanks for the link. Nice to know these things.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
@Fleura I have both in the guest bathroom but use bar soap in our bathroom. I don't like liquid soap for showering.
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@DaddyEvil (63548)
• United States
20 Oct
I don't remember how mom put dish soap into the water when I was a kid. By the time I had to start washing dishes we used liquid dish soap. And no, I didn't recognize that contraption.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
We used to have one but I'd forgotten all about it.
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@GardenGerty (140478)
• United States
20 Oct
I have never heard of this or seen this. I actually thought it was a basket either designed to deep fat fry things or hold things over and open flame to cook. You really fooled me.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
It does look like a cooking utensil. It would probably be a great asset when deep frying some items. lol
@arunima25 (67817)
• Bangalore, India
20 Oct
Soap bars are now things of memories in my household. We have switched to liquid for dishwashing,hand wash and body wash. However, husband still takes his favourite Ayurvedic soap that comes in bar.
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@Fleura (17848)
• United Kingdom
20 Oct
I prefer bars of soap for washing myself, you don't need to keep throwing away/ recycling plastic bottles and it's also far better value. The soap manufacturers must have been laughing all the way to the bank when liquid soap became popular!
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@LadyDuck (368068)
• Switzerland
20 Oct
@Fleura Soap bars are better, the liquid soap is very hard on our skin.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
@arunima25 @Fleura @LadyDuck Vince and I use soap bars for ourselves. I had liquid soap for guests when we were having the music concerts but I'd buy the big bottles and refill smaller ones.
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@LadyDuck (368068)
• Switzerland
20 Oct
I never used it, but I knew what it was. Used in times when people paid attention not to waste products.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
Most back then lived by the 'Waste not, want not' mantra.
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@LadyDuck (368068)
• Switzerland
20 Oct
@JudyEv We should learn from the past, we are doing everything wrong in our days.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
@LadyDuck Just because someone has a new idea or invention, doesn't mean it's good.
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@DocAndersen (52908)
• United States
20 Oct
i was going to guess a really bad open-fire popcorn maker. glad you didn't ask for guesses!
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@Fleura (17848)
• United Kingdom
20 Oct
That's pretty funny!
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
At least you were prepared to have a go. lol
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@DocAndersen (52908)
• United States
20 Oct
@JudyEv i was prepared for burned popcorn!
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@MALUSE (67295)
• Germany
20 Oct
I don't have problems confessing that I'm old, but I must say that I've never seen such a thingy. Maybe it was invented in Australia but didn't cross the oceans.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
It could be that it was exclusive to Australia. I guess we thought up a few gadgets ourselves.
• China
20 Oct
I have not seen the soap cage.I would rather use washing powder.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
Fair enough. You'd use it for washing dishes, not clothes.
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@oahuwriter (18716)
• United States
21 Oct
That's new to me. I also use liquid dish washing soaps. Had a nice journey?
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
21 Oct
We drove for six hours today but are now in a bush caravan park. Thanks.
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@oahuwriter (18716)
• United States
22 Oct
@JudyEv I'm guessing, that's what we call trailer park, where mobile homes can park to cook & sleep?
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Oct
@oahuwriter Yes. Some caravan parks are fancier than others. This one was pretty ordinary but perfectly acceptable.
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@Ronrybs (13075)
• London, England
20 Oct
Never heard of these before! Can you still get dishwashing soap and I suppose there must be laundry soap, too
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
I'm pretty sure the blocks to the right are for use in the cage. I know you can get laundry soap but how you'd use it in a washing machine I'm not too sure. Maybe you'd have to grate it or something.
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@Ronrybs (13075)
• London, England
21 Oct
@JudyEv I am pretty sure that laundry soap has to be used by hand or one of those washing dolly thingies
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Oct
@Ronrybs I would say that would be correct. I quite like the laundry detergent I use!
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@snowy22315 (126702)
• United States
20 Oct
I don't think I ever saw one.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
@snowy22315 @S4mmyboy Some of the ancient gadgets are coming back what with everyone becoming more conscious of how much we waste.
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@snowy22315 (126702)
• United States
20 Oct
@JudyEv Yeah, and maybe they should.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
21 Oct
@snowy22315 Some do have a lot to commend them.
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@rakski (103587)
• Philippines
20 Oct
that is interesting. Never know this before
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
21 Oct
I'm sure it would work well.
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@rakski (103587)
• Philippines
21 Oct
@JudyEv It can work
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@CarolDM (163506)
• United States
20 Oct
Have not used this before. A small one used in the dishwasher.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
You're right. That's a sort of cage, isn't it?
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@CarolDM (163506)
• United States
20 Oct
@JudyEv Yes that is correct.
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@RebeccasFarm (54874)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
20 Oct
I think I recall seeing this a long time ago Judy
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
This one was $39.95 so it stayed where it was. That was very expensive I thought but I guess there isn't a huge market for them.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
20 Oct
@JudyEv Oh yes that is a little chunk of change Judy
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@Hannihar (119182)
• Israel
20 Oct
@JudyEv I am sorry I have never heard of a soap cage. I also use two liquids in bottles. I have one side for meat and one side for milk. I keep the dishes and silverware separate.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
It is funny how things aren't seen for years and years and then make a comeback.
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@Hannihar (119182)
• Israel
20 Oct
@JudyEv You are right Judy.
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@Juliaacv (60279)
• Canada
20 Oct
I did not know the use for this and I have to confess that I have not heard of these either. I am sure that my Gramma would have used one, but I remember how much she loved the brand of dish soap that she used. She would cut the bottles down, so they were only a few inches tall and use those to give us grandkids treats (chips) when we were all over at her place together.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
20 Oct
I had liquid soap in the laundry and guest bathroom and used to refill the small bottles from a great big one. The soap cage was really quite expensive so I left it where it was.
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@Juliaacv (60279)
• Canada
20 Oct
@JudyEv That is what I do, just refill the liquid soap. Once in a while I will buy the foam soap, I love that so much, it has nicer scents and is easy on your hands.
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@prinzcy (33573)
• Malaysia
29 Oct
I never know such thing exist. I use liquid detergent too.
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
31 Oct
They were common a long time ago.
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@Chakimmm (929)
• Surabaya, Indonesia
21 Oct
wow..! I haven't seen this stuff before it looks foreign to me
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
21 Oct
They were around a very long time ago - when I was a child.
@allknowing (103067)
• India
21 Oct
Never seen it
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@JudyEv (259163)
• Rockingham, Australia
21 Oct
I remember having one in the house when I was a child.
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