DIY Sponge Home

August 1, 2016

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Today I am going to share with you a little DIY Sponge Home project that I recently came up with as a way to help organize my kitchen cleaning sponges but also as a way to give some creative decor to our kitchen sink area.  Before I share these details and instructions I want to give an account of what our dinners look like, clean up and an easy solution, that warrants a sponge home in the first place.

Meal times can be hard times for our family, especially dinner as this is the one meal where if I make something new or nice, my kids are unlikely to eat much of it or even try it, but one meal that never fails is spaghetti and tomato with basil sauce. We have this meal at least once a week, it’s cheap, simple and gets eaten. The worst part is the clean up parts, from red sauce covered faces, clothes to table and hard to clean dishes at times (stained sauce white dishes I am talking to you) then you know that it can take several scrubs to get sauce off a nice white or light plate and pans.

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Recently I had a sponge break on me while washing dishes so I went to my local Target to see what I could pick up. I found these brand new colorful non-printed ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges in the Kitchen cleaning area and instantly loved them. I thought the vibrant colors of the 4 pack I picked up would go well to cheer up the sink area and help with cleaning the surfaces of the sink as well as glassware without leaving scratches.  On the same shelf right next to the non-printed colorful ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges I spotted the ocelo™ No-Scratch Scrub Sponges 3 pack printed sponges that contained pineapple prints and scooped it up for my cart as well as I thought these would be great for summer designs in my kitchen as well as add to the fun of cleaning. While I was shopping I learned that you can save $0.50 off one ocelo Scrub Sponge multi-pack by clicking here.

I took my sponges home and the next day prepared the spaghetti with tomato basil sauce meal. Once the meal was over I got started on cleaning our white plates right away as I knew the sauce tended to stain and be hard to get off our white plates.  I started by  grabbing the teal colored non-printed ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponge and scrubbed  the plates clean with the scrub part of the sponge in warm water with dish soap. The results were amazing and there were no scratches on the plates as well, and the sauce stains came right off without hard heavy duty scrubbing.

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Next I cleaned the stainless steel pot the sauce was contained in, the silverware and then finished off by cleaning the surfaces around the sink with the scrub part of the ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponge and again no scratches and the area was clean.

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I placed the teal ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponge on the sink and realized it would be nice to have a home for the sponges. I am normally a mason jar kind of girl when it comes to putting dish cleaning wands away, but for sponges I didn’t want to go this route so I opted for recycling something I already had.

I thought back to this post where I re-purposed my old necklaces and thought why not re-purpose or reuse a coffee container that was empty. Since we had ran out of coffee recently I grabbed the plastic coffee container, washed it out and removed the label.

Once the label was removed and the container washed I thought about my plan to create a “home” for the sponges for the sink area. Finally I had an idea.

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Take the coffee container, remove lid and cut a pocket out on one side of the container using scissors.

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Next, because the top sides can be sharp add some tape around cut out areas so hands reaching for sponges don’t get scratched.

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Then because I remembered that there should be some draining for the water from the ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponges I hammered a nail in the bottom of the container near the rim and in the middle to create several little holes to allow for draining of  excess water from the sponges.

Because what I had just done looked plain I asked my husband for his advice on how to make the sponge holder more appealing and right away we both thought about decorating with Jute cord (like hemp).

I gathered the supplies:

The coffee container

Jute cord

Hot Glue Gun

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First I hot glued an end of the Jute cord to the bottom of the coffee container and wrapped the cord around and around the coffee container, gluing with the hot glue gun here and there to reinforce the hold of the cord on the container. I kept wrapping and wrapping the jute cord and when it came to the pocket or cut out area I made a small loop, glued it in place and then twisted the cord back to the other end.

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When I finished I took the remaining cord and glued it around the rim of the top of the container and to cover the black tape.

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Finally I placed my teal ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponge and a printed pineapple ocelo No-Scratch Scrub Sponge in the the container and set the container near the dish soap for easy access next cleaning time.

Do you have a “sponge home” at your kitchen sink?

Have you tried ocelo no-scratch scrub sponges? If so what are you favorites?

Remember to get $0.50 off one ocelo Scrub Sponge multi-pack by clicking here.

 

 

 

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  • Rania August 1, 2016 at 1:25 am

    What a great project to beautify your sink and personalize it.

    http://the-wardrobe-stylist.com/2016/07/24/losing-baby-weight-4-pregnancies-3-kids-later-episode-3/

  • Shauna August 1, 2016 at 9:21 am

    I wish I were this crafty. It would save me so much money!! Super cute idea 🙂

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Amy Arnold August 1, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Good DIY! I never know where to put sponges.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • katelyn chef August 1, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I love a good DIY and this looks really easy! Great photos to show the process!
    Katelyn
    http://www.theyellowspectacles.com

  • Emily Green August 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Love that! What a creative way to keep them together – we have our sponges thrown out all along the top edge of the sink. This would be so handy, and inexpensive!
    Emily

  • Tamara August 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Such a cute idea!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  • jodie filogomo August 1, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Truly a creative mind you have!!
    I’m a little boring and keep my sponge & brush on a small plate by the sink (it is a nice plate, but still a little boring)
    Great idea!! and thanks for the coupon
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom August 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    How cute is this and seriously… I was just thinking the other day about how I hate how my sponges look on the sink. Thanks for sharing this! Oh, and spaghetti is about the most popular meal, besides tacos at my house. My kids are so darn picky!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  • jasna August 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    This is so awesome! 🙂

  • Sarah @ Bows & Clothes August 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Love how resourceful you are! I would have never thought to make that! This is so cute!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

  • Johanna Grange August 1, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Brilliant little DIY! Love this!

  • Kelsey Bang August 1, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    what a fun idea! super cute!
    kelseybang.com

  • Michelle August 1, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    What a fun idea – I love the upcycling! #client

  • Becky - bybmg August 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    What a cute little sponge holder!

  • Shannon August 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Such a great idea! I’ve always needed a place to put sponges!

    <3 Shannon

  • Mackenzie Carol August 4, 2016 at 7:51 am

    This is such a cute idea! How do you manage to come up with great crafts like this?! You’re so resourceful!
    Thanks for sharing with the Grace + Lace Linkup!