Though I’ve shared some of my favorite kitchen hacks in the past, today I’ve assembled a quick list and video of a helpful hacks with sponges that I’ve started to incorporate in my day-to-day routine!

Read on for simple, timesaving hacks to try, using just a kitchen sponge!

Use frozen sponges in place of ice packs
That’s right, you can save a few bucks by replacing your ice packs with 99-cent sponges! All you have to do is soak several sponges in water, seal them and place them in the freezer. When you’re ready to use them, toss them in in your lunch bag convenience.

Clean a microwave with a soaked sponge
Place a sponge under running water and allow to heat in the microwave for one minute. You may be surprised at how well the moisture from the sponge loosens the dirt and grime on your microwave, making it MUCH easier to clean.

Cut sponges in half
To save money, simply cut sponges in half before you use them. This may seem like a simple tip, but you’d be surprised at how few people do it!

Feeling inspired? Here are several more great ways to use a sponge:

Tell Me: How do you typically use sponges in your home?