Is your shower pouf currently hanging off your tap in the shower? How long have you been using it?

According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, you might wanna get rid of it – it has loads of bacteria. Gross.

The researchers said: “These sponges have gained immense popularity as exfoliative beauty aids designed to invigorate the human skin. As a natural product, however, loofah sponges play host to a variety of bacterial species.”

Scrubbing away with it in the shower causes dead skin cells to get caught in the mesh netting. This creates bacteria and fungi when the loofah is left in the warm, moist conditions of your bathroom.

To keep it clean, try these tips:

  • Rinse it after every use.
  • Allow it to dry completely.
  • Try to keep it out of the bathroom but in an open space.
  • Replace it every few weeks.
  • Always check for mould growing inside it.

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