DIY Sponges

In my quest to buy less stuff, I started to make my own sponges using the plastic net bags that some fruits and veggies are sold in at Trader Joe’s. It’s a pretty easy process. I use two or three bags per sponge. I like to use the smaller bags that have ginger or garlic in them, and stuff them with the larger bags the onions and limes come in. Then I stitch the outer bag closed and do a line of stitches down the middle to hold everything together and that’s it! When you take your produce out, make sure you open the bag with scissors so you have nice straight edges to work with.

They hold soap really well and are excellent scrubbies. They last a few weeks and don’t get stinky like regular sponges do. I have a little stock pile of bags ready to sew up whenever I need a new sponge, but I’m trying to not buy produce at Trader Joe’s anymore, so eventually I’ll run out. Long Beach has a few really great sources of produce, which I feel really lucky about, but they don’t package produce in the plastic net bags, which is really a good thing in every aspect except for DIY sponges.

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