Soap is for external use only. Keep out of eyes. This is a handmade product, to maximize your enjoyment and the longevity of your bar, keep bar dry between uses, a draining soap dish works best. If wanting to put it away, please allow soap to dry thoroughly and then store in a cool dry container away from bright light.
After use, squeeze gently to get rid of excess water, hang or spread flat to dry. To launder, wash with like colors (cold or warm water), do not bleach, and lay flat or hang to dry.
Soak a cleaning or bathing sea sponge for 15 minutes every few weeks in 1 cup of warm water and 1 Tablespoon of baking soda (increase solution accordingly for large sponges). Then rinse and let dry (preferably in a hanging, breathable mesh bag). In addition to thoroughly cleaning the sponge, baking soda revitalizes its cellular structure for increased durability.
Allow sponges to dry completely after each use.
Sea sponges naturally inhibit the growth of bacteria, but do not prevent it. To disinfect your sponge, you can also soak it in:
1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of water. This will clean and re-bleach the sponge if it becomes discolored from use.
A few drops of tea tree essential oil in 1 cup of warm water. Tea tree essential oil is a very effective germicide and will also eliminate any odor on your sponge.
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar in 1 cup of warm water.
1 teaspoon colloidal silver in 1 cup of warm water. There is no pathogenic organism known that is not killed by colloidal silver in 6 minutes or less.
Never place a sea sponge in boiling water, microwave, or dryer. This will harden your sponge. Never use strong bleach. This will weaken your sponge. Squeeze but do not twist or pull your sponge.
If a sponge starts to become ragged, use scissors to trim off the loose pieces rather than pulling them off. Trimming the sponge to keep it smooth will enable you to get more use out of it.