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Sponging; How Green Can You go?

Updated on April 15, 2015

What Prompted me to Try

I had bought a pair of black jeans.
They are now grey.

I don't want grey jeans.
These are grey jeans.

They promptly went from black
to faded black after the first
visit to the the washing machine.

They became charcoal grey
after the second visit.

They are getting greyer after each

I suspect if they don't fall apart, by
the sixth washing they will be so
pale they'll look like dirty white.

I need a pair of black jeans.
I need jeans to stay black.

Hence, I can't wash them.

A Ponder and a Try

I was reading an old book where the
maid was 'sponging' the heroine's

I recalled reading this term 'sponging' before.
I considered it, and decided to try it.

Here are my black jeans. I have worn them four times. I do not want to wash them.
I look at them, they seem clean, so I just take a dry sponge and moving quickly
remove the air pollution.

I wear them another three times.

I know I should wash them, but I'm afraid.

Now I take a damp sponge and turning them inside out, chase the sponge
down the inside of my jeans, then hang them in the bathroom.

A little later I turn them outside out and do it again.

They seem clean enough for another couple of wearings.

I don't Know How Long

I don't know if or when I'll wash these
If they standup by themselves or
develop a very unpleasant odor,
I suppose I will have to wash them.

I know I can never dare the washing
machine which is misnamed.
It is really a clothes cannibalizer which often barfs lint.

Don't bother with the 'gentle' or 'cold water settings'. These are only offered so that the Washing Machine can have a good laugh when you think you're going to get out an item that isn't torn to bits, covered in lint and a few shades lighter, unless it was originally while, then it's grey.

However, so far I have gotten about 15 unwashed wears. Better for the jeans, and considering the conservation of energy, better for the planet.


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    • qeyler profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      They look clean.I haven't washed them yet and have worn them about 15 times.

    • TToombs08 profile image

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      That is definitely one way to go green and save water. :) Interesting hub. How do the jeans look after you sponged them?


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