They’ve taken the flawless-skin-obsessed beauty world by storm: the soft, gentle, delicate, bio-degradable konjac sponges. Learn now how to take care of them efficiently.
Safety notice first:
Never ever leave a child or a pet unattended with a konjac sponge.
The sponges seem perfectly chewy and fun to play with to them, but can pose a serious choking hazard to kids and animals.
But we’re all adult and human here, so let’s get straight to the care tips now!
Konjac Sponge Care Tip 1
Buy ’em dry
This is THE number one tip for a longer lasting konjac sponge!
Konjac sponges can be purchased packaged wet or dry. The wet variety is pre-moistened in a special liquid; the dry konjac sponges are more common here in Europe: they are dry = hard and have to be soaked in water before you can use them.
Obviously, the dry konjac sponges will naturally have a much longer shelf life (unopened), up to several years. You can store and stock them as you please, they won’t go bad. Also: why have your beautiful sponge come soaked in preservatives substances in the first place?
[Pic: my fave brand of dry konjac sponges – the Konjac Sponge Company, I shop here]
Konjac Sponge Care Tip 2
Colour-code your sponges
Because of its fluffy spongy texture, your konjac sponge, like any other sponge, is prone to clogging up if you use it to remove, say, your clay masks with. There is no way to wash that stuff out. But because we sometimes do use our sponges to remove masks or makeup, here’s what I do: I colour-code my sponges. I will use one only without product, and another with product. This prevents me from ruining all my sponges, and allows me to get one of them “dirty” on purpose.
[Pic: the drugstore private label sponges – easy to memorise when you use the white for water-only, and the green one with product]
Konjac Sponge Care Tip 3
Cool your konjac sponge
If you know you’re not going to use your sponge for a while, put your clean and completely dry sponge into a non-toxic bag (I use paper sandwich bags) and pop it in the fridge. I also tend to write on top what’s inside the bag for moments of amnesia or just when visitors look for snacks and drinks.
[Pic: clean, dry, packaged and ready to be cooled!]
Konjac Sponge Care Tip 4
Rinse well and squeeze well
Everybody will tell you this: never twist the konjac sponge, gently squeeze it between the palms of your hands. But what about washing it, what should you use?
I use simply my favourite organic liquid soap, making sure that the soap foam sits in the sponge for at least two minutes.
Then I rinse my konjac sponges well and move on to tip #5:
Konjac Sponge Care Tip 5
Get the hang of it
Sometimes you just don’t have enough hooks in your bathroom where the konjac sponge could safely dry and be well-aired. But letting them sit in a cooling puddle of water is a no-no. Yikes!
With a simple and inexpensive wire clip hook that I found at Muji, I make use of my towels and simply clip my konjac sponge to them – close but not too close to the radiator:
[Pic: warm but not too warm air gently drying the clean sponges]
Of course, once your sponge looks strange, loses colour, develops a strange smell, it’s common sense to go and replace it. My favourite konjac sponge brand suggests their sponges can be composted or simply used in the garden or with house plants as it retains water and thus helps water your plants, which I think is a wonderful end of product life.