Different Uses for Sponges That Might Surprise You

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Sponges are great for washing dishes and cleaning up spills around the house. But don’t let them fool you, sponges are a very versatile item to have on hand! You can use sponges in so many different ways, from removing finger nail polish, arts and crafts, sprouting seeds and more.

Keep reading to learn the different uses for sponges around your home! The bouncy texture of the sponge makes it unique and very handy for many tasks! They are inexpensive and to me that makes them very handy. You can buy different sizes all for a nice low-cost price.

Cleaning Sponges

Also make sure that if you use sponges for cleaning that you clean them every use to every other. Because they are porous they can hold in germs and bacteria. To clean you simply put in a bowl of water and microwave for five minutes. Let the water cool down then remove. Just make sure the sponge has no metal for the microwave option. Or toss in your dishwasher and run in the cycle.

Different Unique Uses for Sponges

Planters: If you have a plant you are getting ready to pot, try this. Cut a sponge down to size to fit in the bottom of the planter. This will allow more moisture to get to the plant. The sponge will soak up any excess water and keep it in the planter so the roots can draw it up.

Sprout Seeds: If you are wanting to sprout some seeds like growing your own herbs. You just place a damp sponge on a plate, and then place seeds on top of the sponge. Then put a glass bowl or glass over the top of the plate and place in a windowsill. It needs to get good light. This will act as a greenhouse and sprout the seeds.

Damp Sponge for Pet Hair: If your car has some pet hair on the fabric seats, grab a damp sponge. Simply rub in lines on the fabric, and it will help pull up the pet hair. This can work for carpet and even on furniture. Just make sure the sponge is damp and not overly wet.

Arts and Crafts: Cut sponges into fun shapes and sizes, and let kids dip in paint and use like a stamp. It is very affordable and can be a lot of fun for kids.

Remove Nail Polish: Place a sponge inside of a glass jar, and then place some nail polish remover in it. Then put your finger in the jar and swish it around rubbing nail on the sponge. It will work great at rubbing away any nail polish.

Pedicure: With a larger sponge cut it to fit the size of your foot. Cut out notches for each toe and use as a way to wedge in the foot, to spread your toes apart when you paint nails.

Umbrella: Place a sponge at the bottom of the umbrella stand! This will protect the bottom from getting wet and leading to mildew. It will soak up any water.

Bar Soap Holder: When you use bar soap sit it on top of a sponge. It will protect your counter from getting slimy and hold all the soap. Then when you want to wash hands using the sponge and watch your hands get nice and sudsy.

Plug Drafty Window: If you have drafts in your window, consider cutting a sponge to fit into the crevices. Now if you have a window air conditioner, sponges work great at filling the gaps.

Breakables: If you are packing up breakable items, use a sponge or two to place around the item to protect it. The sponge is bouncy making it great for protection.

Ice Pack: Wet down a sponge and place in a resealable bag, and toss in the fridge. Then if you fall or get hurt you can apply to the area that needs to be iced. It is nice and soft and holds cold for awhile. Then when done toss back in the freezer for next time.

Play Time: Cut up sponges in different shapes and sizes and let kids play with them! They can build them up to make fun buildings.

Piling on Sweater: If your sweater has to pile, take the rougher side of a sponge and rub in a circular motion. This will help pull it up and get your sweater looking like new.

What other creative uses can you think of for sponges? Did any of these surprise you?


  • Reply Robin rue May 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Using them for arts and crafts is a super fun idea. I didn’t know there were so many other uses!

  • Reply Valerie May 23, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Oh my gosh I’m totally going to use that trick for pet here. My house is covered in it in our furniture is the worst of all of it. I am definitely going to do this.

  • Reply Kelly Hutchinson May 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    So many clever uses for sponges that I would have never thought of. Putting it in your umbrella stand is brilliant!

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle May 23, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Oh wow! Thanks so much for sharing all of these! I love finding new uses for items in the home.

  • Reply Jen Rattie May 23, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I am so bookmarking this. I’ve used a sponge to sprout seeds before, but I didn’t know about several of these others.

  • Reply Lisa Favre May 23, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I have lots of sweaters that have pilled so that idea is actually fantastic! I’m always trying to “shave” the pilling off of my sweaters – I’ll have to try out your trick.

  • Reply Pam May 23, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I have used a sponge for sprouting seeds before. It worked really well for me.

  • Reply Kristi May 24, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Great tips. I’m going to try it on my sweaters, maybe everyone will think I have a new wardrobe!

  • Reply Toni | Boulder Locavore May 24, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Wow! I had no idea sponge can be used in so many different ways! Would love to try some of these!

  • Reply Adrianne Betz May 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Wow I never knew! Sponges are such a wonderful thing, but I mostly used them for dishes. Now I know!!

  • Reply Dawn McAlexander May 24, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I did not know some of these uses for a sponge. They are really amazing little devices, aren’t they? I have a few in the kitchen. I should use some of them for some of these purposes.

  • Reply Chrystal | Nevermore Lane May 24, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I never thought about using a sponge for the pilling on a sweater. I will have to remember that when winter comes back around.

  • Reply Amy Desrosiers May 24, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I really love the pet hair hack! I never thought about using a damp sponge to remove excess pet hair.

  • Reply Sarah @ The Outside Family May 24, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Wow, I would have never thought of using sponges for some of these reasons, and the gardner in me loves the sprouting seeds idea!

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc May 25, 2017 at 4:17 am

    Wow. I did not know there could be so many uses for a sponge. I like the tips for kids – sponges for painting, as building blocks, etc. I also like the idea of using sponges for growing seeds.

  • Reply Amanda Love May 25, 2017 at 6:09 am

    There are so many uses for sponges and these is a pretty awesome list. It’s nice that you can use it for gardening!

  • Reply Carol Cassara May 25, 2017 at 6:10 am

    I’ve seen people use it to remove nail polish but I haven’t really tried it! I definitely should so that it won’t be such a hassle to remove nail colors especially when you used dark shades.

  • Reply Rachel Ferrucci May 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    These are all great tips, some I never thought of and can totally use. Time to buy more sponges!

  • Reply Janell Poulette May 25, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I never thought about using a sponge for any other reason than washing dishes. I love the pedicure idea, I’m always doing my own toes and this will come in handy!

  • Reply Kiwi May 25, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Wow I didnt know sponges has all of these usages. I love the nail polish remover act love it and will be using it soon.

  • Reply Briannee May 27, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I love a good sponge! There are so many uses for them and these are great ideas!

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