Our Sea Sponges are sustainably harvested from the gulf coast of Florida….from the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs to be exact. They are a natural yellow sponge. No bleaching. They are very soft, making them perfect for body care, including for use on your face. Each one is approximately 3-4″ making them the perfect size to hold in your hand to bathe. They are an eco-friendly and biodegradable alternative to synthetic sponges.
There are many types, shapes, sizes, and colors of sea sponges. We purchase wool sponges which are super soft and durable. They are one of the highest quality of natural sea sponges. Because this is a natural product not molded in any way size, shape and color will vary. We make our sponges available both INSIDE of soap and separately. When the soap is all used up from a sponge soap, you have a nice beautiful, durable sponge remaining for you to continue to use.
It is important to properly care for your Sea Sponge so that it will last longer and not harbor any little beasties. They are a natural material, unbleached, very durable, dense and absorbent. They contain a natural enzyme that may help to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria. However, they do NOT prevent this growth. In order to assist you in keeping your Sea Sponge in good condition and to help you prevent beasties from growing, we’ve outlined a few tips below.
- Prior to first use rinse them thoroughly in a soap and water solution and allow them to air dry.
- After each use be sure to allow them to dry completely.
- Occasionally it may be necessary to clean them a bit deeper. You may do this with a baking soda/water mixture. 2 T baking soda to 16 oz water. Allow your sponge to soak for approximately 2 hours then rinse well with clean water. Allow it to dry completely. We prefer to use distilled water as it doesn’t contain any impurities or chemicals.
- Do not use ammonia or bleach on the sponge as it will deteriorate it quicker, shortening the lifespan.
- Do not microwave the sponge.
- Do not dry in a dryer.
- Do not boil your sponge.
- Do not twist your sponge to remove water. Squeeze it without twisting instead.
- Trim any bits or edges that may be hanging to keep them from tearing off.