Four surprising uses for kitchen sponges

Handy hacks to make your life easier

Water flowing down hole in kitchen sink
Four Surprising Uses for Kitchen Sponges

When it comes to household chores, little things can mean a lot. Even the most modest and inexpensive of household items – the kitchen sponge – can make your life easier. How? Here are four handy ways to get more from your sponge. You can thank us later...

See also: Why you're doing your household chores all wrong

1. Dust house plants
Sometimes a feather duster just won't do it. The next time your houseplants are looking dull and dusty, use a dampened sponge to gently wipe down their leaves.Take care to support the leaf with one hand to ensure you don't crack or bruise it. Never use oils, polishes or milk to make your plant's leaves shine. These can block the pores of the leaf and interfere with a plant's ability to breathe.

2. Make no-drip ice packs
You never know when someone might bump their head. Soak a sponge in water, then place it in a plastic baggie and pop in the freezer. The next time you need an ice pack, you have one ready to hand. You can also add to lunch boxes to keep food fresh in hot weather.

3. Keep your vegetables crisp for longer
Did you know that UK households throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year, and more than half of this is food and drink we could have eaten? If you're guilty of chucking away salad and veggies, there's an easy way to keep them fresh.

Simply place a clean dry sponge in the salad drawer of your fridge. It will absorb moisture and help to keep your veggies crisper for longer.

4. Stretch the life of a bar of soap
Finally, a trick that will save you money and keep the bathroom sink cleaner. Place a dry sponge under a bar of soap. It will absorb moisture, so you can say goodbye to soap scum.

Three products that can help make doing chores easier:

Minky Sponge Mop, £9.99

Karcher SC2 Steam Cleaner, £99.99

JML Dri Buddi Indoor Clothes Dryer, £52.49

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