10 Ways You Can Use Your Everyday Sponge

By Rebecca Vitkus

Check out all the different ways you can use your basic everyday sponge!

Rub away the lint.

Use a damp, wrung-out sponge to clean fabric with a quick swipe and remove any lint, pet fur and other unwanted clothing cling-ons.

Dry hard-to-reach items.

Secure a flexible sponge to a ruler using rubber bands to wipe away the moisture at the bottom of vases, glasses and other items with openings too small for your hands.

Help remove inflexible wallpaper.

By soaking a sponge in a mixture of hot water and fabric softener, the sponge can be used to wipe over wallpaper and remove its adhesive more easily.

Stop the soap.

Place a sponge in your bath or shower to act as a holder and prevent your soap from slipping. By allowing the soap to dry, the sponge also increases the life of the 6 cleanser.

Start the sprouting process.

To speed seed development, implant the seeds into a damp everyday sponge and place them in a glass bowl in an area that receives sunlight. When sprouts begin forming, plant the seeds in soil, placing a sponge underneath to retain moisture.

Give a gentle grip.

Raking, sweeping and mopping can be a pain, especially on hands. Attach a bendable sponge to the handle of a rake, broom or mop using rubber bands to provide a more pleasant grasp.

Relieve the pain of tender teeth.

Cut off a piece of a new sponge and moisten it with antibacterial mouthwash, then place it in your mouth to help diminish the agony of a toothache. *ADULTS ONLY

Secure your fragile items.

Whether it’s time to pack the ornaments back into their boxes or move to a new home, place damp sponges between items to prevent breaking. As the sponge dries, it adds extra defense by taking the form of the items.

Apply sunblock without the stickiness.

Use a sponge to apply sunblock onto yourself and the kids and prevent skin irritation without having to deal with the slippery hands and greasy mess.

Seal a card in an envelope.

Stop licking envelopes to fasten them shut and start using a damp sponge to quickly moisten the paper and seal it closed.