When you’ve had a rough day, sometimes there’s nothing better than to draw a warm bath, add some luxurious creamy bubble bath, light some aromatherapy candles and relax. But your home spa hideaway might not quite be the safe haven you thought it was when you go to reach for that colorful mesh loofah.
Despite the fact that we take baths and showers to get clean and healthy, there’s a shocking dirty secret lurking inside of that colorful poof that could actually make you sick.
There A Tons Of Choices For Cleaning Our Bodies But Some Are Healthier Than Others
Although poufs and loofahs gently slough off dead skins cells with every use, doctors say sometimes those dead skin cells can get trapped in the sponge, making them a breeding ground for mold, bacteria and other harmful germs.
Plastic Shower Poofs Harbor Loads Of Bacteria
Add any razor nicks or skin abrasions to the mix and it’s a fast track for germs to creep into your body with a whole host of problems like yeast infections, impetigo and conjunctivitis. Dr. Heidi Waldorf told HuffPost: “Infections can show up as folliculltis (red bumps and pustules at hair follicles) or as impetigo (yellow-oozing or crusting on a red base).”
Not Only Is Mold In Your Shower, But It’s On Your Shower Poufs And Loofahs, Too!
Just because you use soap on them several times a week, doesn’t necessarily mean they are clean. In fact, the poufs should be tossed into the washing machine with a small amount of bleach at the highest temperature possible to obliterate germs. Remember to replace them after 3-4 weeks.