My bestie came to visit me in Tucson – I like to pronounce it TUCK-SON to make it more exciting – and she brought with her all sorts of goodies… which I LOVE! There were candles, cat toys (Yaya was ALL over this one really flat cat-nip infused one), paper pad, the list goes on. But one particular item which I adore & she got from her esthetician was an amazing soap-infused loofah. My poo bear is a loofah connoisseur if you will, but in the past I’ve been wash cloth sort of gal. It wasn’t until I got this glorious loofah that I knew what I was missing. And boy was I really missing out.
Besides my skin being squeaky clean, I am noticing a huge difference in my keratosis pilaris (those bumps on the back of your arms). I’m finally looking like a functioning member of society!
If you’re looking for a way to clean your skin, get really great exfoliation & even improved circulation, then a shower sponge or a loofah (which is personally what I like to call any shower spongey thing) may be just the ticket for ya. Let’s take a look at some of our favs.
This sucker has built-in body wash! Super smart!
This is what poobear uses in the shower! I have used it in the past & liked it a lot… it’s pretty abrasive but it does a great job of lathering and scrubbing in one!
images provided by their respective brands
Ways to Keep Your Loofah Clean Of Bacteria (for traditional loofah’s)
- Let it dry. Take the loofah out of that moist environment. Gah, moist is one hell of a word but very appropriate in that previous sentence so it was necessary! It’s ideal to allow the shower area to have enough airflow to completely dry out between uses. If you want to be extra cautious, soap up the loofah and rinse it out on its own after washing yourself and before letting it hang to dry!
- Replace it. If it changes color or smells, God forbid – my god… it’s time to get a new one – please get a new one!
- Microwave it. Proper cleaning is key. Every once in a while microwave your darling little loofah for 20 seconds while damp (damp being the key word here!), as they recommend for synthetic sponges! Very important safety tips: make sure it’s clean of any gunk that could catch fire (how pissed would you be if your microwave caught on fire because of your loofah…..) & do not microwave plastic loofahs – k thanks!
- Bleach it. You might also use bleach to rid the sponge of bacteria. You could soak it in a solution of very little bleach for like 20 minutes and call it a day. Make sure you rinse it really well so you’re not lathering with bleach in the shower instead.
Don’t forget, loofahs should really be replaced every month or when the packaging suggests! I read countless articles over the last couple days that warn you from using them all together because of the bacteria. But because life is too short and they really do a lot of good for the bod, just remember to change it up regularly.