You shower to get your body clean, but your loofah can spread germs across your body. Before using loofahs, many people used washcloths to cleanse their bodies and then cleaned the washcloth in the washing machine. This makes sense since, during a shower, you are using the cloth to remove dirt and grime from dirty parts of your body. People have neglected to follow the same logic with their loofahs. Since a loofah shouldn't be put in the washing machine, it's important to use another method for disinfecting your loofah. There a number of ways to disinfect a loofah.
Mix 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1/4 cup of water in a bowl. Place the loofah in the solution for 6 minutes. Rinse the loofah in fresh water.
Mix 3 to 4 drops of tea tree oil and 1 cup of warm water in a bowl. According to Natural Bath and Body Shop, “Tea tree oil is a very effective germicide and has been proven to inhibit up to 60 strains of bacteria, including S.Aureus.This will also eliminate any odor on your sponge.” Place the loofah in the bowl and submerge it into the solution for 6 minutes. Rinse with fresh water.
Mix 1 tbsp. of apple cider or white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water in a bowl. Place the loofah in the bowl and submerge it into the solution for 6 minutes before rinsing.
Mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda and 1 cup of warm water in a bowl. Submerge the loofah in the bowl for six minutes, and then rinse.
Mix 1 tsp. colloidal silver in a bowl with 1 cup of warm water. Soak the loofah in this solution for 6 minutes. Rinse the mixture out of the loofah.
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Jason Cooley began writing in 2005 as the owner of a personal-training business, authoring advertising copy and business contracts. He has since served as a writer with Oral B and On Top of My Diabetes.