5 clever uses for sponges that you haven't thought of yet


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.

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2. Pad Your Grip

Make a shovel or rake more comfortable to hold by wrapping it with a flexible sponge secured with rubber bands.

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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.

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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.

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5. Deodorize the Refrigerator

Sprinkle a damp sponge with baking soda and set in an empty fridge drawer to absorb odors between cleanings.

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