23-year-old Emma Thompson, eats up to 20 kitchen sponges a day after soaking them in an apple-flavoured Fairy Liquid. 

Emma’s OCD-type condition is called pica, making sufferers crave items that have no nutritional value. 

Residing in North Tyneside, Emma started chewing bath sponges when she was just three-years-old. 

Over the years Emma discovered that she like the taste of kitchen ones better. 

Her ‘guilty pleasure’ is soaked overnight in flavoured Fairy liquid. Emma enjoys one first thing in the morning. 

In fact, her eating habits have caused Tonsillitis. 


“I enjoy the taste of it, I enjoy it more than food. Some people go out for a steak. I would rather go out for a sponge.” she said. 

“I chew it and sometimes I swallow it. I like the smell and taste of the washing up liquid on the sponge. It tastes like apples, it’s quite foamy. My mouth gets full of foam.” 

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