Woman Shares Clever Trick for Reusing Old Sponges

A woman on TikTok has shared a clever and sustainable use for sponges that you may not have thought of before.

Shannon Doherty, a mother of four known on the video-sharing app as @athomewithshannon, posted her hack on September 11, with the caption: "GENIUS REUSABLE MOM HACK," alongside a light-bulb emoji.

Doherty, who has 1.1 million followers on TikTok, added: "#momhacks #parentinghacks #reusable #learnontiktok."

In the comments section she also explained that the method was "such an easy one we love at our house!"

So, what does the tip entail?

Well, the video, which can be watched here, begins with Doherty standing in her kitchen wearing a neon-yellow headband and a blue shirt.

She then waves three thin sponges at the camera, asking viewers: "Want an easy and reusable hack that you will be obsessed with?"

The mom of then runs one of the sponges under the faucet in the sink, explaining: "Well grab sponges and run them under water.

She then places a sodden sponge in a plastic sandwich bag, adding: "Put them in little baggies and freeze. Instant icepacks for lunch times and booboos. Share with everyone!"

The method for making icepacks has gained lots of traction online, having been viewed more than 74,500 times and liked by 5,400 people.

Many people left comments beneath the video, sharing their delight at the creative and eco-friendly hack.

One TikTok user, Elle Mungo, wrote: "This is so great because its non-toxic and good for the environment. Love it!"

Another person, I Have No Friends, added: "I asked my mom to try it and she said your amazing."

Tress_212 revealed: "My school does this with pre-schoolers."

Wimberley gushed: "Genius! Great idea," along with a love-heart emoji.

Scout opined: "Love those colors."

Xallure16x commented: "Good tip."

However, this isn't the only useful hack that Doherty has shared on social media. Her account, which has over 28.5 million likes, is brimming with ideas and advice on parenting and homelife.

On September 3 the U.S.-based creator shared her trick for making school lunches quickly, which involved slicing through the bread rolls without separating them first.

This shaves off time in the morning as parents can make one giant sandwich then slice into it.

She has shared her trick for eating kiwis, as apparently we've all been doing this wrong our entire life, as well as a way to organize your kitchen cupboards using just a baking sheet and some tape.

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A stock image of a sponge in a sink. A mother on TikTok has shared her clever method for refusing sponges. Getty Images