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New Uses for your Kitchen Sponge!
A sponge is mostly just for washing dishes and to run over the kitchen counter. Or is it? A kitchen sponge in a great thing to have lying around, and not just for cleaning!
Seeds: Wet a kitchen sponge and sprinkle seeds on it. Enclose the sponge in a glass cake plate lid and watch your seeds sprout! They’ll be ready to plant in no time!
Plants: Adding a sponge to the bottom of a potted plant, before adding the soil, will help to keep your plant watered, even if you forget to for a few days. The sponge will slowly release the water into the drying soil around it. Super cheap and super effective!
Protect: Cut a sponge into little pieces and glue or tape them to the bottom of objects that might scratch your floors or furniture. Its way cheaper than the little “furniture feet” you buy at the store and work just as well.
Soap Saver: Did you know that if you place your bar of soap on a sponge to dry, it will last way longer? Keep a small sponge in your soap dish!
Bath Time Fun: Cut your sponges into fun shapes or numbers and let your little ones have fun in the tub.
Produce: Keep a sponge in your crisper drawer with the fruits and veggies to absorb excess water vapor in the area. Your produce will last alot longer!
Weather stripping: Sponges work wonderfully as weather stripping around window AC units. Keep the cold air in and the hot air out with these cheap little kitchen sponges! It will save you tons of money on your electricity bill and won’t cost you much!
Shipping Time: Got a huge pile of invitations or thank yous to send? Dampen a sponge to “lick” all those envelopes. If you’re shipping very small fragile items, pack a couple of sponges around them to keep them safe during travel.
Pet Hair: Dampen a sponge and use it to remove pet hair from clothing and upholstery.
Ice Pack: Wet a sponge and put it in a zipper baggie in the freezer. You’ll have an instant icepack when you need one!
How to Sanitize Your Kitchen Sponges!
Remember.. sponges can house tons of germs including E. Coli and salmonella! If you are using a sponge in the kitchen, be sure to sanitize it frequently! Here are the best ways to clean a sponge:
1. Pour 3/4 cup bleach into a one gallon container and fill with water. Allow the sponge to soak for 5 minutes.
2. Toss your sponge in the dishwasher with each load of dishes to keep it clean
3. Put your WET sponge in the microwave for 1-2 minutes! Make sure it’s wet to avoid it catching fire!
Methods that don’t work very well for killing bacteria include the washing machine and vinegar!
Sources:http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20474647,00.html http://voices.yahoo.com/4-alternative-uses-kitchen-sponges-3159418.html?cat=6 http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/cooking-tools/how-to-clean-a-sponge