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Different Uses for Sponges That Might Surprise You

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?