Natural Sea Sponge Uses
Natural sea sponge uses are many and varied. Sea sponges are one of the most versatile cleaning tools available and have been used for the last 2000 years by cultures all over the world. They are routinely used for many different types of jobs including baby care, bathing, cosmetic application and removal, wall washing, general cleaning, wallpaper application, hand washing delicate fine china, crystal and silver. Natural sponges are used by car, boat and aircraft enthusiasts to safely wash vehicle finishes, interiors and clean wheels and tires.
Baby bathing is one of the most popular uses of natural sponges, as they are extremely soft and gentle on a baby’s skin and produce a rich soothing lather. Sea sponges are not only soft, absorbent and durable, they are also a hypo-allergenic and non-toxic solution for cleaning delicate skin. The same qualities that make these sponges popular for washing infants, also makes them ideal for adult faces and bodies. Natural sponges have also been used as a natural makeup remover for centuries.
Natural sea sponge uses also include kitchen and bath applications. Using a sea sponge in the kitchen has many benefits over the commonly used synthetic sponges. Sea sponges, unlike synthetics, are naturally antibacterial, essentially self-cleaning (because of their pore structure) and, as a result, don’t develop the nasty odors normally associated with a kitchen sponge. In addition, they create a thick dense lather and hold an enormous amount of soap, which makes the job quick and easy. The same properties make it great for cleaning showers, tubs, counter-tops and tile.
Vehicle detailing is also one of the great sea sponge uses. The incredible softness and nap of a sea sponge and the amount of soapy water they hold, protect the finish from marring or scratching by creating a buffer between the sponge and the surface. The porous nature and nap of sea sponges, pull dirt and grit away from the surface and into the pores of the sponge where they will not mar the finish. They are also great for cleaning wheels and tires because of the sea sponge’s ability to completely release the dirt and grit they collect.
Painting or faux finishing is also one of the main sea sponge uses. The techniques are simple to learn, require no special equipment and create an unlimited number of effects. A newly popular use, is using natural sponges with military color paints to create different types of camouflage effects.
Why Use a Sea Sponge
Sea sponges are soft, absorbent, durable, non-toxic and hypoallergenic. Natural sea sponges, unlike artificial sponges, naturally inhibit the growth of bacteria, are 100% biodegradable, environmentally safe, economical, and a sustainably harvested, quickly renewable natural resource.
Sea Sponge Uses and Care
They also have natural antibacterial properties. Maintaining a natural sponge is as simple as thoroughly washing with warm water and soap. They can also be washed in a dishwasher or be disinfected using both natural and synthetic disinfectants. Natural sponges cannot be disinfected with bleach products, as they will attack the fiber of the sponge, causing it to breakdown.