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Sept. 25, 1962
c. E. SCHERMERHORN
3,055,040
COMBINATION SOAP HOLDER AND BRUSH
Filed Jan. 29, 1960
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Sept. 25, 1962
c. E. SCHERMERHORN
3,055,040
COMBINATION SOAP HOLDER AND BRUSH
Filed Jan- 29, 1960
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FIGURE 9 is a transverse cross sectional view of the
handle, taken on line 9~?9 of FIGURE 8.
Clarence E. Scherrnerhorn, Lincoln Hotel, Apt. 310,
10 designates generally the body portion of the present
CGMBH?JA'HUN SOAP HQLDER AND BRIEi-I
La Porte, Ind.
Referring more speci?cally to the drawings, numeral
soap holder and brush combination device and numeral
12 indicates the handle of the brush, the body 10 being
shown in FIGURES 2 through 5 without the handle and
in FIGURES l and 6 with the handle inserted therein
The present invention relates to a general purpose
in operating position. The body 10 can be used more
utility cleaning device and more particularly to a com~
10 satisfactorily in some applications without the handle and
bination soap holder ?and brush.
in others with the handle, and the handle can be readily
One of the principal objects of the present invention
attached to the body and removed therefrom to adapt the
is to provide a massage and body cleaning device which
present device to various uses requiring direct applica
is adapted to hold soap either in the form of va single cake
tion of the hand to the body, or -a handle for more effec
or in relatively small pieces and which feeds soapy water
tive manipulation of the device.
into an area having means for cleansing and massaging
The body portion It} is preferably constructed of rubber
the body.
or other ?exible or resilient material and consists of a
Another object of the invention is to provide a com
base 14 of substantially rectangular shape having up
bination soap holder and brush. for bath and general
wardly extending side walls 16 and 18 and end walls 23
cleaning purposes, which contains a soap chamber
through which water circulates and discharges into the 20 and 22 joined integrally therewith at the periphery, and
supporting on the lower side a plurality of spaced ?frusto
scrubbing means of the brush and which can be used
Filed Jan. 29, 196%, Ser. No. 5,457
4 Claims. (Cl. 15-525)
conically shaped projections 24 covering substantially the
with or without a handle.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a
soap holder and brush combination device having an
expandable and contracta'ble soap holding chamber and
adapted to receive a handle which can be readily attached
to and removed from the device and through which
water under pressure can be supplied to the chamber
around the soap therein for discharge into the scrubbing
area of the brush.
A ?further object is to provide a device of the afore
said type which will ?oat regardless of the kind or type
entire lower surface of the base 14-.
A cover 26, which is
preferably sufficiently resilient to be readily stretchable,
is joined integrally with the upper edges of the side walls
16 and 18 ?and is preferably slightly dome shaped to con
form generally to the normal shape of a bar of soap.
The end walls 26 and 22 are not as high as the side Walls
and are spaced from the ends of cover 26 in order to pro
vide openings 3%} and 32 at the ends of the body for
inserting soap \and/ or the handle of the device. These
openings preferably extend throughout most of the length
of the two ends and can be readily expanded by stretch
ing the cover adjacent the opening to permit a relatively
ber and between and around the bristles or scrubbing 03 UI large bar of soap to be inserted in chamber 36. After
of soap placed in the holding chamber and which can be
readily and thoroughly cleansed both in the soap cham
means of the device.
Another object of the invention is to provide a cleansing
and massaging device having ?exible skin contact means
the bar of soap has been placed in chamber 36 the cover
returns to its normal position and restricts the open
ing so that the bar will remain in the chamber until it is
which project substantially straight outwardly from the
intentionally removed.
handle;
to the underside of base 14 and terminating at the lower
end in a small, cylindrically shaped stem 44 formed in
The bottom side or brush portion of body 10 is shown
body of the device and which are provided with special 4.0
in FIGURE 5, which shows the distribution of projections
tips adapted to turn and bend approximately parallel with
24 throughout substantially the entire surface of base 14
the surface being cleansed to present numerous small,
with the exception of one or more holes 40 connecting
smooth projections for effective cleansing and massaging
chamber 36 with the bottom side of the base to permit
action.
soapy water to flow from the chamber onto the surface
Another object of the invention is to provide a versatile,
engaged by the projections. While only one relatively
combination soap holder and cleansing device which can
large such hole 40 is shown, two, three or more holes
be readily produced on conventional or standard equip
may be employed if desired and these holes may vary in
rent and which is safe, economical and easy to use.
size from one device to another and/ or vary in size from
Additional objects and advantages of the invention
will become apparent from the following description and 50 one hole to another on any particular device.
One of the important features of the present device is
accompanying drawings, wherein:
the shape and construction of projections ?24, which pref
FIGURE 1 is aside elevational view of the present
erably are all the same size and shape on any one device
combination soap holder and brush, shown with the de
and are formed integrally with base 14. These projec
tachable handle;
tions are resilient and ?exible and have a large portion
FIGURE 2 is a top plan view of the soap holder and
42 of frustoconical shape joined directly .at its large end
brush device shown in FIGURE 1, without the detachable
FIGURE 3 is a vertical cross
ectional view of the
tegrally with the conically shaped portion. The stem is
soap holder and brush shown in the preceding ?gures
60 highly ?exible and readily turns to one side, often sub
taken on line 3-?3 of FIGURE 2;
stantially paralleling the surface being scrubbed or mas
FIGURE 4 is a vertical cross sectional view of the
saged by the device, when the device is in use. The in
soap holder and brush device shown in the preceding
dividual de?ected stems present a smooth surface to the
?gures taken on line 4?-d of FIGURE 2;
area being subjected to the action of the device and these
FIGURE 5 is a bottom view of the present device;
?FIGURE 6 is a top plan view of the present soap 65 stems twist and turn from one direction to another as the
device is moved to and fro over the area being cleansed
holder and brush device shown with the detachable han
and/ or massaged. This action produces effective cleans
dle mounted in place ready ?for use;
ing action by dislodging foreign matter from creases and
FIGURE 7 is a vertical cross sectional view of the
pores of the skin and gently works the superi cial layers
handle, taken on line '7?7 of FIGURE 6;
FIGURE 8 is a plan view of the handle removed from 70 of the ?esh of a person?s body to stimulate the circula
tion of blood in the area.
the soap holder and brush portion of the present de~
When the present combination soap holder and brush
vice; and
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is being used for some purposes, for example as a bath
brush, it is advantageous to have a handle attached to
the device. The detachable handle 12 forming a part of
the present device, shown in detail in 'FIGURES 6 through
9, consists of a relatively broad portion 5% su?iciently
long to project outwardly through both openings 30 and
4.
having a frustoconically shaped portion joined integrally
at its large end to the underside of said bottom and a
relatively slender stem-like portion joined to the small
end of said ?rst portion, and a detachable handle having
a relatively broad ?at portion extending through the open
ing at each end of said body and a stem connected to
one end of said broad portion, said stem and broad por
tion having a passage therein connected with the chamber
32 and slightly wider and thicker than the length and
height respectively of the two openings so that the por
tions of the end walls 20 and 22 and adjacent portions
in said body on the underside of said broad portion for
of cover 26 will grip the portion 50 of the handle in the 10 supplying water to said chamber and thence through the
two openings and hold the handle ?rmly in place in the
hole in said bottom the height of said end walls ?beneath
body of the device. A water passage 52 extends inwardly
said openings being su?icient to permit the handle to be
from one end of portion ?50 and opens at one side of
inserted in said opening while a bar of soap is contained
portion 59 through holes 53. A stem 54 is connected to
in said chamber and to permit water to ?ow around the
the end of portion 59 around passage 52 and contains 15 soap to said hole.
a passage 56 for supplying water from a hose connection
2. A combination soap holder and brush, comprising
(not shown) to passage 52 and thence through holes 53
a body portion of rubber material having a substantially
into chamber 36. The portion 50 and stem 54 are pref
?at bottom with a hole therethrough and side ?and end
erably formed integrally with one another of rigid or
walls forming a chamber for receiving soap, a ?exible
semi-rigid plastic material of well known compositon;
stretchable cover for said chamber joined to said sides
however, the two parts of the handle may be formed of
and being spaced from said end walls to form opposed
di?erent materials such as wood, metal or relatively stiff
openings in the end of the body at the top of the end
rubber, and portion 50 and stem 54 may be formed sepa
walls, a plurality of downwardly extending projections
rately of the same or dilferent materials and joined to
joined to the lower side of said bottom, each projection
gether by any suitable means and construction.
having a frustoconically shaped portion joined integrally
In using the present soap holder and brush device in
at its large end to the underside of said bottom and a
the condition shown in FIGURES 2 through 5, a bar or
relatively slender stem-like portion joined to the small
pieces of soap are placed in chamber 36 and the device is
end of said ?rst portion, and a handle having a relatively
grasped by the hand with the ?ngers on one side and
broad portion extending through the opening at each end
the thumb on the other. As the device is used in water
of said body and projecting outwardly from both ends
for scrubbing and cleansing or when the device is dipped
of the body, said broad portion being gripped ?rmly by
into and removed from water for scrubbing, water ?ows
said ?exible cover for removably attaching the handle to
into chamber 36 through openings 30 and 32 and hole 40
the body, and ?a stem connected to one end of said
as the device is moved back and forth during the scrub~
broad portion, said stem and broad portion having a
bing operation. An inherent pumping action is created
passage therein connected with the chamber in said body
by the ?exible cover 26 and resilient side walls 16 and
for supplying water to said chamber and thence through
18 which supplies soapy water through hole 40 into the
the hole in said bottom, the height of said end walls be
area of the brush performing the scrubbing action. When
neath said openings being sut?cient to permit the handle
the device is removed from the water for scrubbing, the
to be inserted in said opening while a bar of soap is
soapy Water in chamber 36 drains for a period of time 40 contained in said chamber and to permit water to ?ow
thereafter to provide a sustained supply of water for the
around the soap to said hole.
cleaning operation.
When it is advantageous to use the handle, portion 5%}
is inserted through openings 39 and 32 with the ends
3. A cleansing and massaging device, comprising a
body portion of rubber having a substantially ?at bottom
with a hole therethrough and side and end walls form
projecting outwardly from opposite ends of the device. 4:5 ing a chamber for receiving soap, a ?exible stretchable
The handle may be used with or without a water con
nection and with or without soap in the chamber 36.
When stem 54 is connected to a supply of water such as
cover for said chamber joined to said sides ?and being
spaced from said end walls to form openings in the end
of the body at the top of the end walls, a plurality of
a lavatory spigot, water ?ows through passes 56 and 52
downwardly extending projections joined to and formed
and from holes 53 into chamber 36 and thence through 50 integrally with the lower side of said bottom, and a de
hole 40 into the area around the projections 24 and onto
tachable handle having ?a relatively broad portion ex
the surface being cleansed. If soap has been placed in
tending through the opening at each end of said body
chamber 36 beneath handle 12, the water circulates around
and ?a stem connected to one end of said broad portion,
the soap as it passes from holes 53 to hole 40 and creates
said stem and broad portion having a passage therein
a soapy solution before reaching the area around the 55 connected with the chamber in said body for supplying
projections.
In using the present device solely as a
massaging implement, the handle would normally be re
moved and chamber 36 would not contain any soap, since
the projections are usually used dry or with a lotion ap
water to said chamber and thence through the hole in
said bottom, the height of said end walls beneath said
openings being sufficient to permit the handle to be in
serted in said opening while a bar of soap is contained
plied directly to the area being massaged.
60 in said chamber and to permit water to ?ow around the
While only one embodiment of the combination soap
soap to said hole.
holder and brush has been described in detail herein,
4. A cleansing and massaging device, comprising a
various changes and modi?cations may be made without
rbody
portion having a bottom with a hole therethrough
departing from the scope of the invention.
and side and end walls forming a chamber for receiving
I claim:
65 soap, a ?exible stretchable cover for said chamber joined
1. A combination soap holder and brush, comprising
to said sides and being spaced from said end walls to
an elongated body portion of generally rectangular shape
form
openings in the ends of the body at the top of the
and of rubber material having a substantially ?at bottom
with ?a hole therethrough near the center thereof and
side and end walls forming a chamber for receiving soap,
a flexible stretchable cover for said chamber joined to
end walls, a plurality of downwardly extending projec
tions joined to the lower side of said bottom, a handle
having a relatively broad portion extending through the
opening at each end of said ?body and being gripped
said sides and being spaced from said end walls to form
?rmly by said ?exible cover for removably attaching the
opposed openings in the end of the body at the top of
handle to the body, and a stem connected to one end
the end Walls, a plurality of downwardly extending pro
of said broad portion, the height of said end walls be
jections on the lower side of said bottom, each projection 76 neath said openings being su?icient to permit the handle
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to be inserted in said opening while a bar of soap is
contained in said chamber and to permit Water to ?ow
around the soap to said hole.
References Cited in the ?le of this patent
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Mulherin ____________ __ Nov. 1, 1921
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1,580,390
Crary _______________ __ Sept. 22, 1925
Trumbull ____________ __ Apr. 13, 1926
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Meltzer _____________ __ Dec. 27, 1932
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Garland _____________ __ Dec.?12, 1933
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Orndorif ____________ __ Mar. 21, 1950
Matthay ______________ __ Feb. 2, 1960
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