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How to clean and care for your natural sea sponge

How to clean and care for your natural sea sponge

Gifted with inherent antibacterial and antifungal properties (thanks to naturally-occurring enzymes), natural sea sponges are among the kindest and most hygienic companions for your skincare routine. Whereas muslin cloths and cleansing mitts require laundering and hanging out to dry thoroughly, the humble sea sponge is relatively self-sufficient.

Making sure that your sea sponge remains pristine and healthy requires a little care. But, with proper maintenance, its natural beauty will be preserved and its lifespan extended.

Before using your sea sponge:

When you first receive your sea sponge, you might be surprised to find that it’s hard in texture. But don’t worry ~ simply run it beneath clear, lukewarm water and you’ll find it softens in your palm. 

Depending on where you sourced your new natural sea sponge, you may want to first clean it. Prepare a bath of warm water with a touch of mild, natural soap. Immerse your sponge in this solution and let it soak for a few minutes. This helps to remove any natural debris.

Squeeze the cleansing mixture through its pores then run it under lukewarm water until it is free of soap and the water runs clear. Finally, allow your sponge to air dry, avoiding direct sunlight.

Argentum’s fina silk sea sponges are ready to use fresh from the box. Simply squeeze lukewarm water through to soften and you can start cleansing immediately.

Ensure you purchase a high-quality sea sponge, as low prices may indicate poor quality and unsustainable harvesting methods.

After every use…

After each use, rinse your sea sponge under running water to remove any soap, cleanser, or debris it may have absorbed. Gently squeeze the sponge to expel excess water. Avoid wringing the sponge harshly, as this can damage its delicate structure. Allow the sponge to air-dry naturally on a clean and dry surface.

Every few weeks…

Every few weeks, your sea sponge will benefit from a more thorough cleaning. Prepare a solution of 10 parts water and one part white vinegar and soak the sponge for 30 minutes. Vinegar has natural antibacterial properties, helping to sanitise the sponge. After soaking, rinse the sponge thoroughly with clean water and air dry. Alternatively, use baking soda in the same ratio and for the same amount of time to revitalise and restore the sponge's volume.

Tip: Avoid leaving the sponge in the mixture for too long, as this can weaken its strength.

How to store your sea sponge so it stays clean and fresh

Storing your sea sponge properly between uses helps maintain its cleanliness and freshness. Keeping it in a dry, well-ventilated area will prevent the growth of mould and bacteria. Avoid sealing the sponge in an airtight container ~ this can lead to moisture retention.

Your questions, answered…

How often should you clean a sea sponge?

It's important to rinse your sea sponge well after each use, allowing it to stay fresh and clean. Every few weeks, treat it to a deeper clean. This regular maintenance is essential in supporting its naturally antibacterial properties and ensuring your sponge lasts as long as possible. 

A few things to remember…

  • Never use bleach on a natural sea sponge, as it can cause it to weaken and deteriorate.

  • Avoid drying the sponge in a clothes dryer, this may cause it to shrink and harden.

How long does a natural sea sponge last?

With proper care, a natural sea sponge can last several months to a few years. The lifespan depends on factors such as frequency of use, cleaning routine, and overall care.

When should I replace my natural sea sponge?

It's time to replace your sea sponge when it begins to show signs of ageing, like fraying edges or a change in its once supple texture. Should a persistent, unpleasant scent linger even after a thorough cleaning, consider this a gentle nudge to refresh your collection with a new sponge.

How can I tell if my sea sponge needs a deep clean?

A sea sponge asking for a deep cleanse may feel heavier, appear discoloured, or lose its characteristic softness. Any unusual odours are also telltale signs of the need for a deeper clean to restore its natural beauty.

How do I disinfect my sea sponge?

Disinfect your sea sponge by soaking it in a solution of white vinegar and water for a few hours. Ensure you rinse it thoroughly afterwards to remove any vinegar residue before air drying. When rinsing, never twist or wring the sponge. 

By embracing these mindful care practices for your natural sea sponge, you not only ensure a clean and refreshing experience with each use, but also extend its life. 

A natural sea sponge that cares for you 

Our natural sea sponge, la lune sur l’eau, elevates your daily routine. Sustainably sourced from the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean, this sponge brings nature's touch to your skincare ritual. 

Its soft and velvety texture not only offers a soothing cleanse but also enhances your skin's glow by providing a gentle exfoliation. It can be used to create a lather and deep cleanse congested areas when using our facial cleansing bar, le savon lune, or to sponge away our skin-balancing silver mask or our nourishing oil-to-milk cleanser ~ this pairing creates a home facial that gives skin a dewy, glass-like finish.