10 surprising things you could also use sponges for besides cleaning

You can use sponges for so much more than just cleaning!

We’re all starting to become a bit more environmentally friendly and we’re trying to find good alternatives for plastic. The sponge is taking some hits as well because there are many more environmentally friendly alternatives. Do you already have a multipack of sponges at home or do you simply still like to use them when you’re cleaning? Then you can very easily use or reuse them for these 10 tricks as well.

Despite everything, sponges remain very handy items.

1. Sprouting seeds

Sponges are very handy when you want to start a little vegetable garden but don’t know where to start. Put a moist sponge on a plate and place the seeds you want to sprout on top, leaving enough space in between. Place a glass bowl upside down on top of the plate so you’re basically creating a terrarium. Put your homemade terrarium in a light spot and your seeds will sprout!

2. Watering plants

Have the seeds sprouted? Then you can reuse the sponge! Of course, this tip also works for other plants – not just the seeds you’ve sprouted yourself. Place a sponge in a planter (you might have to cut it to make it fit) and then fill the planter with earth and your plant. If you accidentally give your plant a little too much water, the sponge will absorb the excess water.

3. Fridge

Do you regularly take a piece of fruit out of the fridge that’s gone soft or even mouldy? Then you might want to try placing a sponge in the fridge with your fresh fruits and veggies. Fruit especially doesn’t like moisture and it can start to get mouldy more quickly because of it. The sponge will absorb moisture and thus protect the fruit. Do wring it out in the sink regularly to avoid this trick having the opposite effect.

4. Ice pack

Want to keep your lunch cool without having to lug a heavy ice pack around with you? Not to worry; you can very easily make a simple ice pack yourself. This homemade ice pack is reusable and super cheap! All you need is a sponge and a resealable plastic bag. Wet the sponge and place it in the resealable baggy. Make sure you seal this properly and then put it in the freezer overnight. The result? A light reusable ice pack! As soon as the water melts, the sponge will absorb it again, so you don’t have to worry about moisture.

Go to the next page to read the other six tips!

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