How to Install a Soap Dish
Put an end to soggy soap with proper soap dish placement
Most tub-shower soap dishes catch water and reduce bars of soap to handfuls of mush. This isn't caused by the soap dish itself but rather usually by the position of the dish—low on the wall near the tub, for example where it takes a direct hit from water leaving the showerhead.
Instead, install a new soap dish high—and dry—on the wall, just below and a little to the side of the showerhead. For a fiberglass or acrylic surround, accessory soap dishes can be glued directly to the wall. For tiled walls, you'll need a porcelain soap dish, and for the install you'll need to remove some tile.
Choose the right location
Choose a spot on the wall for the new dish that's four or five tiles below the showerhead—about 16 to 20 inches—and two or three tiles to the right or left. Next, wearing appropriate eye protection, scratch out the grout from around the tile with a grout saw or awl. Then, use a hammer and nail set to punch a series of divots across the face of the tile in an X-shape pattern. Using those small craters as starting points, bore through the tile but not the wall behind it with a 1/4-inch-diameter masonry drill bit.