How to Clean Natural Sponges

Alicia Bodine

Natural sponges are not manmade, but rather found in seas and oceans. These sponges are cleaned of ocean debris and then packed to be sold in stores. Natural sponges are perfect for those who are looking to be more health-conscious and want to use natural resources.

Natural Sponge

The only problem with natural sponges is that they become slimy when they get dirty. Cleaning restores them to their original state.


If you use the sponge to clean your kitchen and not your body, you will also want to microwave it ocassionally to kill any bacteria on the sponge. Wet the sponge and place it in the microwave on the high setting for 2 minutes. Keep the sponge wet or it will catch fire.

  1. Measure out 1/4 cup of vinegar and pour it in to a bowl. Vinegar is a natural cleanser, making it perfect for your sponge. It is also good at eliminating odors if your natural sponge is getting smelly.

  2. Fill the rest of the bowl with warm water. Stir the liquids.

  3. Add the natural sponge to the bowl, making sure it is completely submerged. Let it sit for two hours before removing it from the vinegar water.

  4. Wring out the sponge and then set it out to dry naturally.