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10 Ways You Never Thought to Use a Kitchen Sponge

If you're only using your kitchen sponges to wash dishes, you're tapping just a fraction of their potential! Check out these extraordinary kitchen sponge uses all around the house.

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DIY Ice Pack

Dip a sponge in water, place it in a zip-top bag and freeze overnight. These DIY ice packs are great to relieve pain from bumps and bruises, or you can throw one in a lunch box to keep your food cold.

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DIY Laundry Sponges

Goodbye, dryer sheets! Fill a resealable container with one cup of liquid fabric softener and two cups of water. Add sponges. When it’s time to dry your clothes, grab a sponge, squeeze out the excess liquid and throw it in the dryer with your clothes. The best part? They’re reusable! When the load is done, just put the sponge back in the fabric softener container.

Here are more uses for extra dryer sheets (that aren’t laundry!).

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Extend the Life of Fruits and Vegetables

Place a few dry sponges in the refrigerator’s fruit or vegetable drawer, then place your produce on top. The sponges will help absorb any excess moisture, keeping your fruits and veggies nice and crisp.

Find out how you could also use a paper towel to keep your produce fresh.

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Make Your Own Toe Separators

You can have a perfect at-home pedicure with the help of a regular (unused) kitchen sponge. Cut the sponge in half lengthwise. Then cut four slits, equal distance apart. Slide your toes in each cut and you’re ready for polish!

While you’re at it, check out these genius nail polish hacks.

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Safely Pack Glassware

If you’re moving, or simply putting glassware into storage, try packing it with sponges. They’re affordable and the perfect soft texture to squeeze into any crevice. Place your valuable stemware and tumblers in a box, then surround each piece with a couple of sponges to prevent breakage.

Check out these other packing hacks for stress-free move.

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Sponge Paint with the Kids

Help your kids cut sponges into fun shapes, dip into paint and stamp onto paper. Or simply squeeze paint directly onto a sponge and go to town! They’ll love experimenting with different sponge painting techniques.

Check out more fun and easy crafts for kids.

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Remove Pet Hair from Furniture

To easily remove pet hair from upholstered furniture, try this quick trick. Dampen a regular kitchen sponge, then wipe the fur-covered chair or sofa. Watch as the pet hair lifts away from the upholstery and sticks to the sponge like magic!

Now that the hair is gone, here are the easiest ways to get rid of pet odour from your home.

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Absorb Kitchen Odours

Fridge smelling a little funky? Sprinkle a damp sponge with baking soda and place on a refrigerator shelf (away from any food). The baking soda and sponge work together to absorb foul odours.

Check out more ways to use baking soda all around the house.

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Make a Soap Holder

Place a sponge next to your bathroom or kitchen sink and use it as a bar soap holder. The sponge absorbs any excess soap suds, keeps the soap dry and protects your countertop.

Try out these cleaning tricks and tips to keep your bathroom sparkling.

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DIY a Nail Polish Remover Jar

Grab a small Mason jar and roll up a sponge to fit inside the jar. It should fill up the whole space. Pour nail polish remover into the container so that the sponge soaks it up. That’s it! Now simply dip your finger in the jar and rub it against the sponge to remove polish.

Now that you’ve got these kitchen sponge uses under your belt, discover how you can use nail polish remover for more than just manicures.

Originally Published on Taste of Home