Keep sponges on soap dishes

Ok. I’ve seen a tip floating around on the interwebzz. And personally, we like the way we do it more than this tip. So we thought we’d share. But. If you like that other way, then AWESOME. You can still read our blog and we can be interweb friendz.

Here’s our way:

Keep sponges on soap dishes to let them dry out.

Keep sponges on soap dishes to let them dry out - The Burlap Bag

We just use a wooden soap dish – and it lifts our sponge up off the side of the sink so that it can dry out! (our exact soap dish here) They are so cheap and great at not letting our sponge mildew. And I’ve noticed they don’t smell as bad as when you just leave them on the counter!

Why a soap dish is awesome: You just place the sponge on it and WALK AWAY! It might not dry it out AS much as the binder clip would, but our sponges dry it super fast.

Ok – now the other one is still a super cool idea of using a binder clip to lift up the sponge.


My problems with it: I don’t wanna hafta attempt to open up a binder clip when I have slippery wet hands. I can barely open those suckers sometimes! (boohoo, my hard life, i know :) )Also, I don’t like that it leaves a huge indention (and even tears) at the sponge. I’m cheap, yo! Also, it looks kinda silly being upright like that. Just bein’ honest.

(also, I just noticed that tear and tear are spelled the same way but sound different. It must be impossible to learn english! If you tear up my sponge, my eyes will tear.)


Ok. Well. That’s all. Two tips for the price of one. Except you know which one is obviously the better one (ours). :)



  1. Cristyl April 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    The binder clip would rust, too. I use a clear plastic soap rest for my kitchen sponge. I can just toss it in the dishwasher when it’s dirty. Though, your wooden soap dish is prettier!

  2. Lauren April 14, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    oh yeah, it totally would rust! another point for you and i, cristyl!

  3. Caitlin April 20, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Better yet — microwave the sponge for 1-2 minutes. It dries out and kills germs at the same time.

    One word of warning: watch the sponge the first time you microwave it to make sure that it doesn’t burn. There are a few brands — but not others — that start to burn.

  4. Michele April 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I’m with Caitlin on this one. I put mine in the microwave for 90 seconds. It never smells! :-)

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