Money Saving Tips for the Frugal Mom – Kitchen Sponges

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Almost everyone has a kitchen sponge.  Most of us aren’t able to afford a natural sponge, and many of us have ethical issues on that respect anyway; so how can you avoid going through manmade sponges like water?  I gave up on sponges altogether for awhile – it seemed they were loaded with smelly germs only a few days after opening them anyway! So what’s the next of the Money Saving Tips for the Frugal Mom today?  We discovered something in our house recently.

We used to buy those prepackaged sponges that come a little damp and claim to repel bacteria.  I found this wasn’t true at all.  Instead we started shopping for our sponges in the car wash section of our local store.  We’re able to get a large very cheap sponge for about $1.50.  It gets cut in about three or four chunks, and we’re able to use it for not days or weeks, but a couple of months before it’s just too tired to perform.  Then off to the recycling bin.  Funny thing is, our untreated sponge doesn’t smell funky, ever! Ironic, isn’t it?  The chemicals dumped on the kitchen sponge, chemicals I don’t want, are advertised to lengthen the usage of the sponge.  Yet it shortens it considerably.  

Another hint I’d offer is to use kitchen washcloths for regular tasks (such as Skoy) and save the sponge for the tougher jobs.  Saves on waste and sponge purchasing! Very simple money saving tip, but effective.  Our $1.50 will last us about 6 – 8 months!  Frugal moms everywhere, unite and save some dough!

6 thoughts on “Money Saving Tips for the Frugal Mom – Kitchen Sponges

  1. is car sponge made of same stuff as kitchen sponge?(cellulose?) avoid sponges w/teflon scrubby and bad plastics

  2. This is a great tip! I will now begin using our car sponges and will also tell some friends regarding this idea. Thanks for this nice article this really a great tip!

    Neil Bartlett

  3. my God, i thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insght at the end there, not leave it with ?we leave it to you to decide?.

  4. We only use dish towels anymore in an effort to avoid disposable products – you can wash them when needed, and they last years – I am on the same set I bought almost 10 years ago. It is not extra on the laundry because they just go in with the other towels. If I need something with lots of scrubby power, I have a few microfiber towels that can handle tougher jobs.

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