The last thing you’re probably thinking about when you’re lathering up in the shower is what’s lurking in the crevices of your loofah. Despite the fact that you’re dousing it in body wash to cleanse your body, the warm, moist environment, soap residue and dead skin create a perfect paradise for bacteria. You can cleanse it of bacteria by simply popping your loofah in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds; they should be wet before microwaving so they don’t roast in there! You can also just toss them in the laundry along with a load of clothes, just be sure to use the warm water cycle, so your plastic puff doesn’t melt all over your favorite tee shirt. Be sure to wash it every 2-3 weeks to ensure a squeaky clean wash every time.

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