See that huge bottle of soap outside of Hy-Vee? Here’s what’s behind it

The world’s biggest bottle of soap made a stop at the Maplewood Hy-Vee on White Bear Ave Wednesday. The 21-foot tall and 2,500-pound bottle made its sixth stop in a 16-city tour to raise awareness for the importance of hand hygiene and donate hygiene supplies to charities. Every time someone buys a product, the company, […]

See that huge bottle of soap outside of Hy-Vee? Here’s what’s behind it

The world’s biggest bottle of soap made a stop at the Maplewood Hy-Vee on White Bear Ave Wednesday.

The 21-foot tall and 2,500-pound bottle made its sixth stop in a 16-city tour to raise awareness for the importance of hand hygiene and donate hygiene supplies to charities.

Every time someone buys a product, the company, Soapbox, donates a bar of soap. Hygiene products are often the most requested items at food pantries, Soapbox co-founder and CEO David Simnick said. To address that need, the company seeks to help American’s who don’t have access to hygiene products.

“We decided to make the world’s biggest bottle in order to bring awareness to the fact that masks are going away, but please, please keep washing your hands. There are far too many Americans that don’t have access to proper hygiene, and that’s why organizations like soapbox exist,”  Simnick said.

Outside of the Hy-Vee, there was a space for people to help assemble hygiene kits for children in the foster care system. The company will also donate pallets of soap to Neighborhood House in Saint Paul and give hygiene kits to Family Alternatives in Minneapolis.

Jessica Busick, brand manager at Soapbox, (left) and Soapbox co-founder and CEO David Simnick are taking a 21-foot tall bottle of soap on the road to stress the importance of hand hygiene. They stopped at the Hy-Vee on White Bear Avenue in Maplewood Wednesday and donated hygiene supplies to local charities. (Pioneer Press / Ava Kian )

The bottle of soap made its way from the East Coast and will be continuing on to 10 more cities across the United States into early August.

“It is comically large. It’s so funny to see people’s reactions on the highway. In so many ways, it’s just a wonderful experience to remind people about the importance of hygiene and why we do what we do,” Simnick said.

Last week, as part of the tour, Soapbox was awarded a Guinness World Record for donating the most hygiene products within a week.

Soapbox plans to donate 147,900 personal care products to communities in need throughout the tour, the company said in a prepared statement.