An essential for any cleanup, these thirsty cellulose rectangles boast an absorbing array of other uses.
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1. Sprout Seeds
Embed flax, radish, or other fast-growing seeds in a damp sponge and place it under an inverted glass bowl in a sunny location. Moisten occasionally. Once you notice seedlings, transfer them to soil.
2. Pad Your Grip
Make a shovel or rake more comfortable to hold by wrapping it with a flexible sponge secured with rubber bands.
3. Create Custom Cushioning for Valuables in Storage
Cut damp sponges into small squares and place between breakables. As they dry, they'll conform to the contours of whatever they surround.
4. Save Your Soap
Make a bar of soap last longer between uses by allowing it to dry out on a sponge next to the sink or in the shower.
5. Deodorize the Refrigerator
Sprinkle a damp sponge with baking soda and set in an empty fridge drawer to absorb odors between cleanings.MORE: SEE ALL OF OUR 10 USES GALLERIES AT THISOLDHOUSE.COM