You Should Stop Using A Shower Loofah--Here's Why
December 3, 2015
I always figured that showering with a shower loofah was the best way to exfoliate and get clean… well apparently, by using a loofah I’m actually doing the total opposite. Alarming? Yes. But here’s why.
According to a 1994 study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, this go-to shower accessory is the home to bacteria. By using shower loofahs, the bacteria that grows in them can not only spread but transmit a bacterium called pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause disease in animals.
But where is this bacteria coming from? So when we use our loofahs, we’re scrubbing away at our dead skin. Then if the loofah is not rinsed thoroughly, we’re pretty much scrubbing yesterday’s filth back onto ourselves. Furthermore, if we don’t properly dry out our loofahs… we’re allowing bacteria to sit, produce and grow.
Yeah, not feeling too squeaky clean now, but it’s not exactly the loofah’s fault. It’s all about how we maintain the loofah after each use. If you missed it, we shared with you earlier this year how to do that. Click here to read our tips and advice to keep your loofah as clean as possible!
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