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This isn't homemade, but it stretches your softener. Get a 5 gallon bucket with a lid and add to it:
Stir the ingredients together and when you add a load of clothes to your dryer, squeeze out 1 piece of sponge and add it to your load.
After the load is dry, replace the sponge in the softener. This stretches your softener 3 times as long.
I buy my sponges 6 at a time from the dollar stores. But I don't like the size or the shape of the sponge part, so I cut them in half to make 12, allowing me to throw each one away on Sundays. The sponge part is sort of wasted but today I found another way to keep them useful. Also, for new ones, you get 2 in a package.
Cut them in half, and use them to protect jewelry for storing or especially for shipping. If you are just storing, a small rubber band works great to keep the sponges together with a note as to what is inside.
I don't always have bubble wrap and don't trust most other mediums but I sure do like this for keeping stuff safe.
If you need to be kneeling down, but don't have a pad for your knees, take two large safety pins and two large sponges and pin one sponge to the knees of your pants.
By Ron from Cortez, CO
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When introducing a water thirsty plant to a larger container, I go to the dollar store and buy some inexpensive sponges. I then cut them up into small pieces and introduce them all through the soil evenly down to the bottom of the pot. Then each time I water the plant, the sponges will hold the moisture and my thirsty little plants will be happy for a significantly longer period of time!
By L. Fitzgerald from Tampa, FL
Buying bulk sponges can be inexpensive and there are creative ways to use them for crafts. This is a page about craft uses for sponges.