Surprisingly, kitchen sponges can be one of the worst sources of germs in the whole house. Why? The moist, porous surface makes a cozy home for germs. Wiping your counters or dishes with a dirty sponge will only transfer the bacteria from one item to another.
But there are many other sanitary uses for sponges, including:
- If you tend to over-water plants or sometimes forget to water them, placing a sponge in the bottom of the pot can help plants thrive. The sponge will absorb extra water when you add too much, and then when the plant gets thirsty, its roots will draw moisture from the sponge.
- Tired of produce going bad before you have a chance to eat it? Place a sponge in your crisper drawer and it will absorb any dampness in the air, keeping your fruits and vegetables fresher longer.
- A sponge also can help you save on bar soap. Instead of throwing those slivers away, carefully cut a pocket in a sponge and place them inside.
- Sponges can be cut into animal shapes and used as colorful bathtub toys for children.