Sinus meds. Over the counter type. I don't need them all the time, but I have a few days a year that I am useless without them.
I don't remember reading that when I read about the sponge but I guess it would make it a little more sanitary.. I remember reading something more along the lines of it sitting in a bucket of water and being passed around for different people to use.Dipped in vinegar.
I came across a list since this thread made me curious about your options if you needed them and wooly mullein doesn't sound too bad. GI1 It has the common use a sock, shirt, or paper from a book or journal.7. Wooly Mullein: The Miner’s TP. One of the very best natural substitutes, mullein is soft, absorbent, and has large leaves. The seed is actually used to expel tapeworms from the body, and the flowers and leaves are antiseptic, and astringent. Plus, it is considered an invasive plant, so no one will care if you harvest it. All good properties in my book. Plants are great, just remember your poisonous characteristics. A waxy coating will make for a poor wipe, and is also a characteristic of plants like poison ivy, and poison oak!
Brian, I hope this helps...I'd have to say nasal spray, sometimes I can't sleep without it.