Getting a good body scrub can sometimes really bring you relaxation. The feeling of getting clean and exfoliated just brings you joy and assurance. But hate it to break it to you, what if we told you that the very thing that you use to clean yourself with is actually a nesting ground for germs and bacteria? It is sad but is so true, loofahs are not always the shower saviors that we know they are.
Loofahs are the colorful sponges that we use to lather on suds and exfoliate our bodies when we shower or take a bath. They are meant for cleaning and can do the job if you always use a fresh clean one. But a loofah is an ideal place where bacteria could thrive and grow. They are like bath towels and water filters that can be nasty breeding grounds for microbes. You use it to scrub your whole body so all the dead skin cells get lodged in all the nooks and crannies of the sponge. After using it, you just let it sit on the corner of your shower or bathtub where it is warm and moist.
If you think that it is okay to use a loofah for a couple more days then you are seriously wrong. Remember that for bacteria to throve and grow, they only need three things. The first thing they need is water, which they can get plenty in the exact place where you leave them. The second thing is food, which comes in the form of dead skin cells and oils from your body. The last thing that they need is a nice warm temperature where they could grow, and they just have that in your bathroom.
Do you remember the last time that you replaced your loofah? You should probably replace it now. In just ten short days, your loofah can grow maximum bacteria capacity. Yikes! If you are used to using a loofah when cleaning yourself, then we have some loofah care tips for you.
Always dry them after use
After using your loofah, it is best that you let it dry. Hang it in a cool dry place so you lessen the growth of bacteria.
Do not use it on your face or genitals
Your face and genital area are sensitive parts of your body. Avoid using a loofah on these parts to avoid infection.
Replace it regularly
The natural loofah needs to be replaced every three to four weeks. The plastic ones can be used longer for up to two months. But as soon as you see molds or mildew growing on your loofah, or sense an odor, you should definitely throw it out immediately and replace it.
Never use a loofah after shaving
You should never use a loofah after shaving. Even if they are not visible, there can be nicks and cuts on your skin which can be entry level for bacteria. Always keep in mind to wait for a few days before using a loofah when you have just shaved your legs or any part of the body.