Who knew that using loofah for a longer period of time could be so hazardous for our health ? The only thing you thought was giving you a clean and silky skin, was actually a breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria species.
They 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 wet shower environment which is warm and moist, and by doing that you create a perfect set up for bacteria such as yeast and mold, and all of that in one single loofah.
A study published in the Journal Of Clinical Microbiology found that they host a wide range of bacterial species. Bacteria overgrowth literally happens overnight.
But wait, it gets worse. If you use the germ-filled one over your just-shaved skin, bacteria have a chance to slide into wide open pores, which can lead to irritation and infection. That’s why dermatologists would recommend not using a loofah sponge.
What To Do?
Start by replacing them more frequently. Every three to four weeks for the natural type and every two months for a plastic pouf.
If you push that timeline up, the second you’ll notice will be spots of mold growing on them and they will start to develop a musty, mildew smell.
To make them last longer, don’t leave them in the shower where the moist environment encourages bacteria to grow. Instead, let them 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 one), you can also disinfect it with by bleach. You can soak it in a diluted bleach solution for five minutes once a week. Still, if you leave it in the shower, it’ll be just as nasty as the loofah.
You can also throw it in the laundry after use, so it’s shape doesn’t give bacteria the chance to get trapped.
Advice: change the loofah regularly. It is much healthier and better!