5 Things To Do with Sponges
Great for cleaning, sponges are handy to have around for other jobs. Here are five ways a sponge can make your life easier.
1. Keep Your Veggies Fresh
Moisture that collects at the bottom of your refrigerator crisper hastens the demise of healthy vegetables. Extend their life by lining the crisper with dry sponges. When you notice they’re wet, wring them out and let them dry before putting them back in the fridge. Every now and then, between uses, soak the sponges in warm water with a splash of bleach to discourage the growth of mould.
2. Lift Lint From Fabric
To quickly remove lint and pet fur from clothes and upholstery, give the fabric a quick wipe with a dampened, wrung-out sponge. Just run your fingers over the sponge and the unwanted fuzz will come off in a ball for easy disposal.
3. Soak Up Umbrella Overrun
It’s raining and the family has been tramping in and out with umbrellas all day. Your umbrella stand has only a shallow receptacle to catch drips. Suddenly there’s a waterfall coming out of it. Protect your flooring from umbrella-stand overflow with a strategically placed sponge in its base. If you forget to squeeze it out, it’ll dry on its own as soon as the weather clears.
4. Protect Fragile Items
If you’re shipping or storing small, fragile valuables that won’t be harmed by a little contact with water, sponges are a clever way to cushion them. Dampen a sponge, wrap it around the delicate item and use a rubber band to secure it. As it dries, the sponge will conform to the contours of your crystal ashtray or porcelain figurine. To unpack, just dip them in water again. You’ll even get your sponge back!
5. Stretch the Life of Soap
A shower is so refreshing in the morning-until you reach for the soap and are treated to the slimy sensation of a bar that’s been left to marinate in its own suds. You’ll enjoy bathing more and your soap will last longer if you place a sponge on the soap dish. It’ll absorb moisture so soap can dry out.
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