How do you clean (or desoap) your loofah?

@SomeCowgirl (32277)
United States
April 25, 2010 6:21pm CST
I was thinking about this after responding to another discussion. When I clean or desoap my loofah I just run the shower water under it while I also squeeze the loofah and wring it out, trying to get all of or as much of the soap as I possibly can out of the loofah. I was wondering if anyone else used other effective methods, or if perhaps some of you don't bother wringing out the loofah. As for wash cloths, do you rinse and then wring them out, or do you rinse them and lay them flat so that they'll dry? When you've got a real wet towel (several uses) do you leave it somewhere to dry or do you finally take it to be washed?
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@celticeagle (71603)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Apr 10
You just rinse it in water. I use a glove and then I just rinse it out well under the shower spray. I slightly ring it but not hard. If the soap is left in it it is good for the next time. I usually don't clean it out real well just because of that.
@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
26 Apr 10
I feel like the soap makes the lofah a little harder over time so that is why I try to get as much out as possible. I clean mine out after each wash before getting out of the shower so there's no need to use a glove. After I rinse it out I just rinse my hands!
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@celticeagle (71603)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Apr 10
The lufah gets hard as it dries so that could be part of it. It does harden as it ages. No, I meant I use a lufah type glove. Rinse and rinse again.
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@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
26 Apr 10
Oh okay sorry now I know what you mean. yeah I think I had one of those at one time but never used it.
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
9 May 10
Let it all dry then wash!
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@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
12 May 10
For washcloths I lay them on the sink until they are dry then we wash them, but for the loofah it's just rinse and squeeze to get most of the soap out. I wonder if running the loofah's through the wash makes them softer though.
@GardenGerty (72805)
• Marion, Kansas
26 Apr 10
I use the little soap puffy things, and a back brush. No wash cloth or loofah. Well, sometimes wash cloth, especially for makeup. I either hang it on the towel bar, or take it to the laundry and hang over the edge of the hamper. I have not had a loofah in years. I have heard that bacteria can grow in them and cause a skin infection if you do not sanitize it occasionally. I guess if I had one I would rinse it in vinegar, as that is what I do with almost everything. I would try to hang it in the sun occasionally too.My soap puffy thing hangs from a hook, and so does my back brush.
@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
26 Apr 10
The back brush has bristles? I used to have one of these things that had like netted material and a sponge inside. It didn't last too long and I figured bacteria got in it pretty bad. I think it's about time we do something else likr rinsing it with vinegar like you suggested. I've noticed I've got dry skin, now I know that's also to do with the wether, but it could be because of the Loofah as well. I'm thinking a glove would be nice too, and probably something that can be ran through the wash maybe once a week. We have one of those over the shower head shelf racks, two hooks that hold mine and my husband's loofah's.
@TexLadyPj (1329)
• United States
25 Apr 10
I rinse my loofah, do not wring it out. I have a rack I put it on so it airs. i rinse my washcloths, the lay them to air dry. I use a towel 2-3 times them wash it.
@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
26 Apr 10
I rinse and wring it out as I am rinsing because I feel it helps get the soap out a bit faster. We have one of those shower things that hang over the shower spray so that is where we hang the loofah. As for washcloths they get lain on the counter. Yeah we use a towel two to three times but since we use the same towel it gets wet fast.
• Philippines
26 Apr 10
When I was a kid I was using a face towel to scrub my body as what my mom usually advises me. But now, before I soap, I use a smooth stone to scrub my body before soaping then use a loofah to scrub my body with soap. Of course I rinse the small towel I used and hang it in the bathroom near the window so it can easily dry.