Do you use a loofah in your bathroom?
Well, you might want to keep reading if you do!
For the uninitiated, a loofah is generally used in the bathroom to exfoliate the skin and remove dry, flaky skin and dead cells, and to improve circulation. Initially made from all natural materials such as sponge and fibrous fruits or vegetables (cucumbers), the beauty industry today has produced a wide range of loofahs, mitts and brushes made from many synthetic and alternate materials.
While many different methods are promoted by manufacturers, and often accompanied with various creams and lotions to use on it, loofahs were traditional just soaked in hot water to soften them, and then used to wipe over the skin in a circular motion. The skin is then rinsed to get rid of all the dead cells, before applying any desired body wash or lotion.
Unfortunately, the loofah then traditionally gets left in the bathroom, hanging over a tap or faucet, until it is next required. And that is where the problems start!
After a good scrubbing, there is a very good chance that your loofah is packed full of dead cells, dirt and bacteria. And as it sits there each day in a lovely warm, airless and humid bathroom, you already know what is going to happen, don’t you? The bacteria which thrives in that type of environment is going to multiply – rapidly!
The bacteria have a ready source of food in all your dead skin cells, and now live in the perfect environment. The loofah will likely be used again and again in the coming weeks and months where it will continue to collect more cells and greater numbers of bacteria. You could of course use a lovely smelling lotion on the loofah, though that will probably do nothing more than just spread nice smelling bacteria all over you!
The are some steps you can take to reduce this happening of course such as:
- don’t use a loofah! (if this obvious answer is too difficult to consider, then go to step 2)
- clean it properly after each use and let it dry out in the sunshine
- replace it regularly
- sanitize it weekly according to the manufacturer’s instructions (do not melt, burn, or set fire to it though)
- if appropriate to your loofah, some also like to bleach it regularly as well.
- and if all that is too hard, go back to step 1.
If you do happen to use a loofah and would not do without it, please drop us a comment below and let us know what you think are the best loofahs to use, and how you care for it, so we can share it with our readers.
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