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5 Different ways to use the humble sponge

The humble kitchen and bathroom essential – the sponge. It is a great way to clean pots and pans or our bodies. There is so much more that you can do with this simple household item.

5 Different ways to use the humble sponge

Here with 5 creative ways to upcycling sponges

1. Make a sponge stamp

Cut your desired shape out of a piece of sponge using a sharp pair of scissors. Gently dab it into some paint and stamp away onto craft paper to make wrapping paper or paper to make a card.

Sponge stamp DIY
Sponge stamp
sponge stamp

2. Store your pins safely

If you like to sew you may find that your pins float around all over the place or if they are stored in a container they not easily accessible when they are lying flat in the container. Cut a fun shape out of your sponge (or leave it whole) and stick your pins into the sponge pin cushion (sharp side down). This way your pins will be easily accessible as well as safely stored.

Making a heart shaped sponge pin cushion
Making a heart shaped sponge pin cushion

3. Dust your blinds

All you need …

  • A pair of tongs
  • 2 Sponges
  • A knife or pair of scissors

How to make this DIY sponge blind duster

  1. Using a sharp knife or pair of scissors, gently cut a hole in the middle of the sponge.
  2. Slide the one side of the tongs into each sponge.
  3. Gently slide your tongs along the blind – cleaning the top and bottom simultaneously.

DIY sponge blind cleaner
DIY sponge blind cleaner

4. Instant soap

All you need…

  • A sponge
  • A knife or a pair of scissors
  • A bar of soap (appropriately sized)
  1. Cutting a hole in the sponge (described above).
  2. Slide the soap into the hole.
  3. Wet your sponge and rub – your sponge will become soapy effortlessly.
  4. (no need to remove the soap – keep it in the sponge until it has disintegrated)

DIY sponge soaps

5. Freezer packs

If you are going on a picnic then these are a must. They keep your food cold and at at the end of the picnic you can wipe your hands clean.

All you need…

  • A sponge
  • A packet
  • A bowl of water

How to make a DIY sponge freezer pack

  1. Soak your sponge in the water.
  2. Place in a packet and then immediately in the freezer.
  3. Remove from the freezer and place in a cooler box when going on a picnic.

DIY sponge freezer packs
DIY sponge freezer packs

So lets start upcycling one sponge at a time!

Images by Lauren Kim Photography

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Lauren is the owner of Lauren Kim Photography, Lauren Kim Food Photography and based in Cape Town. She specialises in food and lifestyle photography. Connect with her on social media on the links below.

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