Who knew that using loofah for a longer period of time could be so hazardous for our health ? The very thing you thought it was giving you a clean silky skin was actually a breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria species.
Loofahs aren’t the shower saviors they seems to be. That’s because the dead skin cells get tangled in the nooks and crannies of the loofah after you use it to scrub your skin.
You put them in this wet environment in the shower that’s warm and moist, and by doing that you create a perfect set up for bacteria such as yeast and mold,and all in loofahs.
A study published in the Journal Of Clinical Microbiology found that loofahs host a wide range of bacterial species.Bacteria overgrowth literally happens overnight.
But wait, it gets worse.If you use the germ-filled loofah over your just-shaved skin, bacteria has a chance to slide into any nicks, which can lead to irritation and infection. That’s why dermatologists would recommend not using a loofah sponge.
What To Do?
Start by replacing it frequently-every three to four weeks for the natural kind and every two months for a plastic pouf.If you push that timeline up, the second you’ll notice spots of mold growing on it ,or the loofah will start to develop a musty, mildewy smell.
To make it last longer, don’t leave it in the shower where the moist environment encourages bacteria to grow. Instead, let it dry somewhere where it’s less humid, such as by an open window.
If it’s made from a real loofah plant (and not plastic), you can also disinfect it with by bleach.You can soak it in a diluted bleach solution for five minutes once a week.
You could also consider swapping it for a washcloth. But,if you leave it in the shower,it’ll be just as nasty as the loofah.
You can throw it in the laundry after you use it,so it’s shape doesn’t give bacteria the chance to get trapped.
Advice:change the loofahs regularly.It is much healthier!