How often should you replace WHAT?!
How often do you replace your bath sponge? How about your toothbrush?
Take a look at your bath sponge, and ask yourself how long has it been since you replaced it. Unsure, then you should change it. Hanging on to a well-used bath sponge is the home to tons of bacteria and even mold - do you really want that touching your body daily? Ew!
No matter what type of sponge it may be, whether it is a synthetic mesh bath pouf, a loofah or something else, you need to have a regular routine to changing them out. In a warm and wet atmosphere, bacteria and mold can spread quickly. Not changing your bath sponge regularly can lead to rashes or infections due to bacteria. Dermatologists recommend that you throw out a loofah after three to four weeks, since bacteria easily grows in its crevices, and after four weeks of usage, it will have lost some of its exfoliating properties. Do you use a mesh bath pouf instead? Well, those need to be tossed out after eight weeks.
Loofah's are especially vulnerable to bacterial growth. Your dead skin cells that can be commonly found on loofahs become food for the bacteria, giving them more reason to set up shop in your bath sponge. If you soak your sponge in a bleach solution on a regular basis to kill the bacteria, it will help prevent any infections caused by bad bacteria.
Researchers have found that a single toothbrush can be loaded with as many as 10 million germs and bacteria. Double Ew! If you take care of your teeth, you should probably take care of your toothbrush too, right?
If you are a germaphobe, you can soak your toothbrush in alcohol to kill the germs. Any mouthwash is a antiseptic, so it will work as a "toothbrush soak" too. Another option is to dip your toothbrush in boiling water for about 5 to 10 seconds.
When is the right time to get a new toothbrush? Well, I did some research just for you ladies! The American Dental Association recommends getting a new toothbrush about every three months - more because of the wear on the bristles than germs. Gotta take care of those pearly whites! It really depends on the brusher, not so much the brush itself. If you have a heavy hand, the bristles might wear out sooner. Here is an important clue to recognize when the right time is to get a new toothbrush...when the bristles start to spew in different directions it is time!
Yeah, I learned something...I was always under the understanding that every time you got sick, you had to replace your toothbrush. WRONG! You just have to be sure to completely dry out your toothbrush so the germs can not grow.
Now Ladies, remember, every 3 to 4 weeks change your bath sponge and every 3 months change your toothbrush. I promise you will see a change in your body and your smile!
See you next time,