In my house when someone is done with a dish, it goes right into the sink. At least, that is the plan! My family is supposed to do the same with cups, mugs, bowls, and any other kitchen utensils they might have used as well. On a good day, all of the dishes have made it to the sink and are ready for yours truly to scrub them clean.

The downside? Finding a sponge for all that scrubbing! Chances are, the sponge is hiding in the bottom of that pile of dirty dishes, and I have to take all of the dishes out just to find it.

Yuck! As you can imagine, by the time I find the sponge it is gross and grimy and probably not the most sanitary cleaning solution! But instead of throwing sponges out week after week I found a way to keep them high and dry. High and dry, ladies and gents; those are the magic words!

There’s no need to run to the store to buy some pricey kitchen product. In fact, you won’t need to go to the store at all. Just head to your recycling bin and grab an old shampoo bottle! By following a few simple steps you will be able to make a sponge holder that will solve your disappearing sponge issues.

DIY Kitchen Sponge Caddy


  • A plastic (empty) shampoo bottle
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Sandpaper


  • Clean the bottle thoroughly with warm water.
  • Using scissors, cut off the top of the bottle. Be careful as the edges may be sharp.
  • Drop a sponge in the bottle and make a pen mark at the top of the sponge.
  • Cut only the FRONT HALF of the bottle, from that marking upward.
  • Draw a circle on the back half of the bottle, somewhat near the top, then use the scissors to cut out the circle. This is where your holder will “hang.”
  • Round the edges of the holder and use the sandpaper to smooth the edges (otherwise, they might be sharp).
  • With scissors, poke a few holes in the bottom of the holder. This allows water to drain and will help keep the sponge cleaner.

When you are finished, you will have the perfect caddy for storing your sponge, and most importantly, it will be able to hang right from your faucet! No more searching for hidden sponges! You will know where it will be, each and every time, high and dry.

It won’t make your family put their dishes in the sink (after all, it is not a genie bottle!), but it will at least solve your sponge issues.

High and Dry: DIY Sponge Holder