I really enjoy playing with low item spawn rates worlds where you have to rely on crafting heavily.
However, ever since you need a sponge to wash most items, crafting metagame became really weird.
Am I missing some way of obtaining a sponge or something? That is, other than just finding one randomly. Because a sponge (of all things) not being craftable and being essentially a bottleneck feels really bizarre.
Depends of the type of a sponge, I guess, but if you can make piece of plastic into a bottle with nothing but a fire and a universal mold, surely you can turn another piece of plastic or fabric into something approximating a sponge.
An any rate, if we want it to be more realistic, we can make washing board without a proper sponge consume rags as makeshift one-time sponges.
P. S. The main problem is not the sponge per se, it’s the fact that under current implementation you can’t, for example, clean a piece of tinted glass with just some detergent, water and a piece of cloth.
It just occurred to me that there are no paper towels in the game. Those are the ‘duct tape’ of cleaning products. They could also function like a disposable mop item as well as a sponge. If not paper towels, perhaps the uses of paper material could be expanded?