The sponge usage was going well untill the end of week 3, despite the fact that I had been able to keep it hanging freely for ony one week in a village of waterfalls. In Tad Lo, Laos we had a very nice bungalow with superb spacy bathroom and hand crafted tree branches that were to be used as a perfect sponge hanger.
When we got back to Vietnam, I noted some small black areas on the sponge, but used it anyway since it did not smell. This time I used only the curved side, which happened to be free from any form of fungus activity, that I thought the black spots were. Or, the alternative was that it was just dirt from my face. Anyway, I kept storing the sponge as usual and tried to hang it dry whenever it was possible. I also kept my eye on any possible free riders (insects and similar) that could use the sponge as their new home.
One morning (week 4) I woke up and went to perfrom my routines in the bathroom when I saw some rusty reddish antenna like thingies on the sponge. At first I thought that they were parts of sticks. When I rinsed the sponge under the tap, the antennas started moving and as I pushed the water out, there was someting more. A CENTIPEDE CRAWLED OUT OF THE SPONGE!! I threw the sponge to the sink, the centipede took a hike through the sewer system and I kept shivering. It was the time to let the sponge go.
I burried the sponge ceremonically in Vietnam, at the Hoi An beach called Cam An. On the background you can see the local round rowing boats (still cannot figure out how they can be moved...). The burial was recommended by the manufacturer, because the sponge is natural fiber. The same night it was the new moon and the citizens were burning paper money to pray and show respect to their ancestors and by setting up a small altar in the front of the house where they served food and drinks. We had Biere Larue. We did not burn anything.
This has been a very rough and extreme testing where I only used tap water to clean the sponge and did not do any treatments to clean it, but as said, it did not start smelling. Though a rinse in vinegar would have been good to perform every week and the container would have allowed me to rinse the sponge also in bottled/purified water. I do recommend them both if you want to have your Konjac-sponce to last longer, meaning longer than a month travel.
Konjac-sponge is now travel tested in extreme conditions on a five week trip to South-East Asia during the monsoon season. Miss Mureena recommends with 5/5 stars and therefore Konjac-sponce recieves a record as a loyal & worthy travel companion!