How many of you cannot imagine taking a bath without a loofah? Most of us! Well, here is some bad news. As per dermatologists, the handy scrubber that you use to lather up in the shower is doing you more harm than good. Yes, you read that right.
A loofah helps us in scrubbing off the dirt and dead skin cells from our body. These dead skin cells and dirt get trapped in the delicate weave of the loofah after it leaves our body. So, every time your loofah gets wet and does not dry properly, the trapped organisms grow. This way when you use the undried loofah the next time, you spread the bacteria that you washed off your body the last time. The loofah actually spreads yesterday’s dirt back on your body.
The warm and moist environment in the shower is like a paradise for the bacteria. A loofah in the shower provides bacteria a free ride on your healthy skin.
A 1994 study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology found that loofah can transmit species of bacteria that can cause infection and make it dangerous for people with weaker immune system.
Obviously, we cannot do without a loofah. Here are a few things you can do to prevent your loofah from becoming the breeding ground for bacteria. After every use, do not leave your loofah in the shower and hang it somewhere in the sun or somewhere with enough air flow to dry it completely.
If your loofah smells funny or changes its colour, throw it right away.