Earth Hero! You’ve already kicked your neon shower puff habit for beautiful, biodegradable natural sponges for your body exfoliating, car cleaning, dishwashing needs. But you may be wondering how to keep them clean. You aren’t alone, we get this question all the time!
What’s worked best for us is to soak natural loofah or sea sponge every two weeks in a mixture of warm water and baking soda.
-(1) tablespoon baking soda per (1) cup of warm water.
-Soak for 15 minutes
-Let the sponges air dry in a ventilated area.
For both loofahs and sea sponges – the more you use them, the more frequently they need to be swapped completely. Also, we recommend storing your natural sponges in a cool, dry place between uses. It will help elongate the life span of the sponge and prevent bacteria from growing.
-Use a diluted bleach solution.
-Boil, microwave, or expose to high heat (it will harden).
-Twist or pull – only squeeze to dry.
-Store in humid areas.
To discard your sponges, simply place them in your compost bin. If you don’t have a home compost, check out Gainesville’s Beaten Path Compost. Their drop off locations are the Union Street Farmers Market OR there’s a compost bin (large black rolling trash can labeled COMPOST) adjacent to their garden at the corner of SW 4th Ave. and SW 3rd St., it’s tucked away at the east end of the strip where Opus Coffee is located.
For more information on Loofah and Natural Sea Sponges:
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