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Ag. 26, 1952 H. A. MILLER 607,940
SOAP-DISPENSING BAG Filed March 21, 1949 (IttoxznegsV Patented Aug. 26, 1952 OFFICE y soAr-msrENsING BAG i A 4I/Io'vv'ard A. Miller, Greenback, Tenn.
Application March v21, 1949, Serial N0. 82,501
This invention relates4 to 'soap :holders and, in particular, to soap bags.
lOne object of this invention-is l,to provide a soap bag of openmesh 'material so constructed as to permit easy insertion of the soap while preventing Yits accidental escape from the bag;
Another object-of, this invention is to provide asoap bag of open mesh material which is easily manufactured; by mass lproduction methods at low cost of production. 1, l Y l' Another Objectis to provide a soapbag of open mesh material Whereinthe -strands thereof are coated with a, rubber-like material such as naturalor synthetic rubber or rubber-like plastic and thereby rendered impervious to either soap, water or dirt, thus preventing deterioration ofthe fibres and-lengthening the life-ofthe bag as well'as rendering it smooth to the touch.
Another object visto provide asoap bag of open mesh material so constructed as to be easily held in the hand and having a pocket for receiving the finger tips so that it will not easily slip out of the grasp of the user.
Another object is to .provide a soap bag of open mesh material which may be used to receive soap scraps or broken pieces which would otherwise be wasted.
In the drawing:
Figure 1 is a front elevation of the soap bag of this invention, with the bag open to receive the soap, prior to folding over the closure flap;
\ Figure V2 is a top plan view ofthe soap bag shown inv Figure 1, with the mouth ofthe bag open to receive the soap; Y.
Figure 3 is a vertical section along the -line 3--3 of Figure l, showing the-location of the soap retention iiap and the closure flap respectively;
Figure 4 is a diagrammatic perspective View showing how the Vflaps 'are folded over the ends of the sheet of mesh material prior to uniting the edges thereof to form the bag; Y
Figure 5 is a diagrammatic vertical cross section similar to Figure 3, showing the position of the soap retention flap before the closure flap has been folded over;
Figure 6 is a View similar to Figure 5, taken after the closure ap has been folded over the mouth of the bag to close the bag and provide a finger pocket; and
Figure l is a perspective View showing the soap bag in use with the fingers inserted in the finger pocket formed by the folded over closure flap.
Referring to the drawings in detail, Figure 1 shows a soap bag, generally designated I0, ac-
o 1 Claim. (Cl. 15-122) 2 cordihg to one form of the invention inthe form of an envelope of loosely-woven material having front and -rear walls'II and I2 (Figure 3). |The front wall II, which is the wall eventually engaged by the fingers and palm of the handhas an inwardly turned soap-retention flap I3 which serves as' a trap to prevent the soap fromcorning out when it has once been inserted. Similarly, the rear 'Wall I2 Vis provided with a'n out` wardly-turnedclosure flap I4 fwhich,` as exi l plained below, is turned insideout while being pulled over the -mouth fI5 of the bag "IU jafter the' soap IE', has been inserted in the soapfchamb'er I6 thereof;
The soap b-ag I 0 is formed of open rnesh material such as netting having threads or Vstrands Il of suitable material such as cotton, paper, nylon or other material used for mak-ing threads or cords. The material `of the threads IlA is coated with rubber-like material 'such as natural or synthetic rubber' or 'rubber-like plastic. This coating protects the threads by resisting the entrance of water or grease andprolongs the life of the threads. It also friakes it smooth to the touch, and impervious to the soap itself so that the threads will not become slimy. The threads I'I of the open mesh material are coated with the rubber-like material either in the sheet form before the material'iscut into strips, or the entire bagmay be coated in Vthis manner at any stage of `its manufacture.,` i l i The Awalls II and I 2v are secured tov one anotheralong inwardly turned seams I 8 and I9, the seams IBand I9 being of four thicknesses in the upper portion of the bag where the side edges 20 and 2| of the turned over' ap's I3 and I4 are combined with the seams. The seams I8 and I9 are preferably stitched together and then sealed by a suitable sealingcompound, such as the rubber-like material previously mentioned.
In the manufacture of the soap bag IB, an elongated rectangular strip of mesh material such as netting is cut of sufficient length to provide a bag of the desired depth and with the flaps I3 and I4 of the desired width. In other Words, the length of the strip -would be approximately equal to the combined heights of the side walls II and I2 (Figure 3) increased by the combined depths of the flaps I3 and I4. The opposite end portions of the strip are bent over and back upon the strip in the same direction, as shown in Figure 3, at the bending lines 22 and 23 respectively. With the flaps thus bent over, upon the strip, the strip itself is bent at its midportion along the 3 bending lines 24 to bring the side edges of the side walls II and I2 together.
These side edges are then preferably stitched together and the seams sealed by means of a sealing compound such as natural or synthetic rubber or rubber-like plastic, the sealing compound extending laterally to the desired width of the seam, for example, one quarter inch. The bag is now inside out with the seams projecting outward, hence it is next turned outside in to cause the seams to be on the inside of the bag facing inward as shown in Figure 2.
The diagrammatic perspective view in Figure 4 shows the bag after the iiaps I3 and Y,I4 have been folded over, but before the side edges have been united and the bag turned outside in to place the seams I8 and I9 on the inside as shown in Figure 2. After this has been done, "the is ready for the insertion of the soap S. f
In the use of the soap bag I of this invention, let it be assumed that the mouth I` of the bag is open, as shown in Figures 1, 2 and 3;and 5. The soap S, if in the form of a cake or the pieces thereof, are inserted through the mouth I5 of the bag and pushed down vinto the chamber I6 in the interior thereof. The lower edge 25 of the retention iiap I3 is then pulled upward over the top of the cake of soap S or over the pieces thereof until these lie within the space-26 (Figure 5) and the retention flap I3 overlies the soap S. The user now grasps the lower edge 2'I of the closure flap I 4 (Figures 3 and 5) and pulls the ap I4 inside out over the mouth I5 of the bag, causing it to assume the position of Figure 6 overlying and engaging the forward wall II of the bag. The soap S is now `doubly retained or trapped inthe bag by the flaps I3 and I4.
The user, may, of course,` grasp the bag with the soap inside it in any convenient way. Figure '7, however, shows a convenient way of grasping the bag so that it will not slip out of the hand. In so doing, the user inserts the tips of his fmgers into the pocket 28 (Figure 6) between the iiap I 4 and the wall II, and grasps the opposite wall I2 with his thumb. The device may then be used to work up a lather by shaking it to and fro. The soap cannot escape fromthe bag and even small pieces are prevented from escaping becausel of the mesh construction of the bag. At the same time, Water can flow into and out of the bag freeely in order to. dissolve the soap and create a lather. It can be usedfor bath, dishes, laundry, cleaning, or Wherever soap is used.
In addition to shaking the soap bag to produce a lather, as described above, this lather can also be produced by rubbing the soap bag against the article to be cleaned. The open mesh construction of the present invention also enables the soap bag to be hung up and allowed to dry out after use. The open mesh construction enables the air to circulate freely around the soap has 4 during the drying out operation, thereby preventing the soap from becoming soft and useless and accordingly saving soap. In contrast to this, soap left in an ordinary soap dish is often left standing in water in the bottom of the dish. This not only prevents drying out of the soap but renders it jelly-like and wastes soap.
What I claim is:
A soap bag comprising an'envelope of porous material having front and rear walls secured to one another in approximately parallel relationship and closed along their bottom and side edges, said front and rear walls having upper edges spaced apart from one another to form an open mouth for said envelope, an inner flap extending downwardly from the upper edge of said front wall into the interior of said envelope partway along the inner side of said front wall, the upper edge and side edges of said inner flap being secured to and closed along said upper edge and said side edges respectively of said front wall and cooperating with said front wall to form an inner soap-retaining pocket, the Alower edge of said inner ap being separated from said front and rear walls to form a downwardly open mouth for said inner pocket, and an outer .iiap extending from the upper edge of said rear wall downwardly partway along the outer side ofsaid rear wall; the upper edge and side edges of said outer flap being secured to and closed alongsaid upper edgey and side edges respectively ofsaid rear wall and cooperating with said rear wall to form' an outer closure pocket, the lower edge of said outer flap being separated from said'rearV wall to-form a downwardly open mouth for said outer pocket, whereby said outer ap Ais foldable inside out over said open mouth of said envelope to "close said envelope mouth by moving said lower edge of said outer nap upwardly over the edges of said open mouth and then downwardly along the outer surface of said front wall. ,v
HOWARD A. MILLER.
REFERENCES CITED The following references are of record -in the file of this patent:
UNITED STATES PATENTS Great Britaink Feb. 14,1929