How many old sponges do you have just laying around your sink or under your cabinet? Mine seem to disappear like socks to miraculously show up somewhere else. So instead of two sponges, I have twenty. You know me. I can’t seem to throw out anything and I would rather re-purpose or recycle. During my spring cleaning I found 25 old sponges including ones with Brillo pads throughout the house. They weren’t in great condition so I started to think how can I reuse them.
As I mentioned above, most of my sponges have Brillo pads on the back so many of the suggestions I saw wouldn’t work. Would you let your kids use them for outside water play? Not me.
Suggestions like using them to protect your walls from furniture, on bike petals, or to protect your hands when working with tools just didn’t seem to apply to my hard as heck feeling sponges. In my opinion, those re-use suggestions are for more pliable sponges who haven’t reached their shriveled up state.
So, let’s get down and dirty here. We are talking about re-purposing or reusing those hard, dried-up- prune looking sponges.
A tall order. Simply pitch them, Anna.
Whoa. Hold on and heed a few of my suggestions before doing the dunk in the trash can move.
8 Ways to Reuse Sponges
#1 Use as a Stencil for Painting Projects
My first inclination was to advise you to use the sponges for faux painting walls but generally sea sponges are used for this technique. Ordinary sponges can be used for children projects. Simply stencil the pattern you want onto the sponge and cut it out.
#2 Use for Face Paint
Cut up your sponges in small sections to apply face paint on kids. Be sure to use eco-friendly face paints.
#2 Quench Thirsty Plants
I have four large tropical potted hibiscus that sit on my porch in the summer. As you can imagine, they get quite thirsty. I could plant a couple sponges a couple inches in the dirt to hold the water so it would slowly drip down to my plants roots.
Alternatively, when you pot small plants, you could insert a sponge at the bottom of the pot. Simply cut it to fit the inside of the pot. This is a great idea for many of us who forget to regularly water our indoor plants.
#3 Use as Packing Materials or to Protect Valuables
If you are sending something through the mail, instead of reaching for bubble wrap or Styrofoam chips, cut up your old sponges instead. You can use the same scenario when packing a valuable item for storage.
#4 Accelerate Ant Removal
Use old sponges to attract ants. Add sugar to the sponge and put it near where the ants were seen. Ants will be attracted to the sponge. Then take the sponge and put it in water to kill the ants.
Better yet sprinkle cornmeal around the sponge so they take it back to their nest. Cornmeal will kill them since they can’t digest it. Eventually, they will starve to death.
Want to kill fire ants? Using instant grits and sugar along with a certain size sponge accelerates fire ant destruction. Read here for the formula.
#5 Use as a Bottle or Glass Cleaner
How many of you are smoothie lovers and can’t stand cleaning the blender or your tall glasses? Read here on how to create your own bottle, bender, or tall glass cleaner.
#6 Stop Soap Scum in its Place.
Don’t have a soap holder in your bathroom? Use an old sponge to keep your counters soap free and to extend the life of your soap.
#7 Remove Lint or Fur.
Do your clothes proudly state you own a dog? Use an old damp sponge to remove lint and fur from your clothes and furniture.
#8 Sop up Water in an Umbrella Stand
Put a few sponges in the bottom of your umbrella stand to sop up any water left over from your umbrellas.
What will I do with my sponges? The art teacher at the local elementary school wants them for art projects. I washed them in the washing machine to make sure they don’t smell.
For more sponge reuse ideas, read here.
Join the Conversation:
How do you use reuse or re-purpose your sponges?