Don’t you just love using a good soap on your skin? the type of soap that makes your entire bathroom smell good and makes your skin feel squeaky clean afterwards.
Well there is no point in using the most expensive soap with the most luxurious ingredients if the sponge you’ve been using has been accumulating bacterias and is growing molds or yeast.
Are bath sponge hygienic and can they hold bacteria?
How long do you use your bath sponge until you change it? Is it One month, 3 month, 6 month or even a year! Well the truth is bacteria and mold can grow in sponges.
bacteria is everywhere around us your body even has its own bacteria called commensal bacteria
to protect you from external bacteria coming inside your body.
Sponges are even more vulnerable to grow bacteria and mold because they are so often in contact with water.
Especially since it takes some time for a sponge to completely dry and if multiple people use the same bathroom it will probably get wet throughout the day until you use it again.
Now before you go ahead and throw away all your sponges there are ways to use sponges in a safe manner and you won’t die or become ill from using them.
How often should you change your sponge?
According to dermatologists you should change your sponge every 6 to 8 weeks. Usually the smell test never lies or if there is a change of colour on your sponge it is a pretty good indication that it is time to part ways with your sponge
PS: If you use a loofah sponge you should change it every 4 weeks.
Keeping the same sponge for too long can cause infection or rashes. In the meantime of completely parting ways with your sponge you can periodically disinfect and clean.
there are sponge that can last you way longer like an African sponge they are known to last up yo 5 years, they have been used all for years on the African continent. Because of the holes and the shape of the spong they dry very fast and prevents any accumulation of bacteria.
You just have to desinfect it periodically which we are going to tell you how now!
How do you disinfect a bath sponge
You can add a little vinegar or rubbing alcohol diluted in hot water in a clean container. I personally like to add a little bit of baking soda to it as it will help trap all the bad odours.
Let it sit there for 10-15 minutes or as long as you like and voilà! Very simple with stuff you already have around your house. You can even add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil. Essential oil such as cypress, lavender, clary-sage eucalyptus and geranium are easily available and are great antiseptics.
If you have sensitive skin maybe opt for the vinegar or the rubbing alcohol instead of the bleach. Make sure that you rinse your sponge thoroughly before using it again!
By doing this on a weekly you not only protect yourself but strengthen your immune system.
Another helpful tip is to make sure that your sponge completely dries on a daily basis. You should try to find an emplacement in your shower where you know it will not get wet again if someone else showers during the day.
You can try our two in one No Mushy Soap dish and hanger. You can place it in an area in your shower where water does not go there. Your sponge will be completely dry at your next use.