Sponges are a staple in most of our homes. They help us sop up messes, wipe down surfaces, and scrub our dishes clean. But there are lots of other ways that your sponge can help out around your home.
Here are 15 household uses for a kitchen sponge.
1) Wet Envelopes
Why risk getting a paper cut on your tongue or licking that nasty glue on envelopes. We all saw that episode of Seinfeld and know what happened to George’s fiancee.
No one wants to end up like that. Damp a sponge and use it to wet the sticky seal on your envelopes.
2) Makeshift Ice Packs
Place a soaking wet sponge in a re-sealable sandwich bag and put it in the freezer. You can use this as an ice pack to keep food cool.
3) Make Big Shoes Fit
Shove a piece of sponge into the toe of shoes that are just a little bit too big. This will ensure that your shoe fits snugly and comfortably.
4) Soothe a Tooth Ache
Cut off a piece of an unused sterile sponge and soak it in whiskey, vanilla extract, mouthwash or whatever you need to sooth your toothache and place it in your mouth over your tooth.
5) Keep Vegetables Fresh
You can place a sponge inside your vegetable drawer to remove moisture and keep your vegetables fresher.
6) Use the Last Bit of Soap
If you want to make sure you’re using all of your soap bar you can cut a slit into your sponge and place that little piece of soap in it.
7) Remove Pet Hair
Run a dry sponge over furniture that has pet hair stuck to it. The porous surface will pick up all the hair.
8) Odor Absorber
Sprinkle some baking soda onto a sponge and place it in your refrigerator to absorb any stinky odors.
9) Lint Remover
Use the scrubbing side of a sponge to lightly brush your clothing where it has pilled up. Rub in a circular motion.
10) Packing Material
Cut up a sponge into little squares and use it as packing material to keep delicate items safe and in one piece.
11) Prevent Overwatering
Place a piece of a sponge at the bottom of your pot before you put your plant in. This will soak up any excess water and will ensure that the roots still stay moist.
12) Fix Car Scratches
Dab some toothpaste onto a damp sponge and rub the scratch in a circular motion. Then dry it up with a soft cloth.
13) Remove Nail Polish
Roll a sponge and place it in a glass jar and pour some nail polish remover inside. You can place your fingers in between the spaces of the sponge. Move your finger up and down to get your nail polish off.
14) Loosen Wallpaper
Soak your sponge in some fabric softener that is diluted with hot water. Squeeze the sponge out and wipe the sponge over the walls to help break up the adhesive. This will make the wallpaper easier to take down.
15) Sponge Paint Art
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Cut your sponges into shapes and use it as a paint stamp.
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