How often should you replace your sponges, loofahs and poufs?
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 05:37AM
Jafeth Rodriguez

Shower gels are absolutely awesome.  They enhance my daily shower routine.  I like to try different ones to enjoy different shower experiences.  Some shower gels excel on the use of fragrances, or aromatherapy to enhance the shower experience.  Others can be more interesting in terms of their texture and feeling on the skin.  Whatever shower gel or body wash I try, I use a bath sponge.  This has become an indispensable skin care accessory for me.  The shower sponge, besides its health and beauty properties for exfoliation and massaging of the skin, does make the process more fun and pleasurable.  The lathering is always better with a nice sponge and the rubbing on the skin is quite stimulating.  All this besides the fact that by using a sponge you will use at least 30% shower gel every time you have a shower.

Yes, I love the sponge bath experience, but you need to be aware that loofahs, washcloths, sponges and poufs can be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.  This is due to the fact that these shower utensiles provide a high humidity environment in which bacteria and germs can live and multiply.

Experts recommend to replace sponges, poufs, and loofahs every month.  To me this sounds a bit wasteful.  There are a couple of things you can do to extend the live of your sponges:  you can warm wash them in the laundry machine; you can also zap them in the microwave oven to kill the bacteria and germs.  That will give you a bit more run for your money.

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