Most of us shower with the same purpose in mind: to be clean! You may have wondered how often you should replace your washcloth when scrubbing yourself. And you might wonder if it’s hygienic to use the same cloth for several days (or weeks, or years—no judgement!).
According to the National Institutes of Health study, failing to clean your washcloth on a regular basis might turn it into a breeding ground for germs and mould. To make your hygiene routine worthwhile, you need to wash and dry towels regularly.
Thomas and Skhumba in the Morning asked Kaya 959 listeners, how long have they had their wash cloths, loofahs or shower sponge? Lots of listeners who called in were not aware that study says that a wash cloth should be changed every 2-3 years if you wash it after 3 uses.
How often should you replace your washcloth?
Using a clean towel, whether for your face or your complete body, will help battle the germs that live in toilets. Allowing your moist towel to sit for days attracts germs and mildew, and reusing the same cloth unwittingly spreads bacteria.
Every 2-3 years, however towels and washcloths after every 3-5 uses should be washed, although some experts say your washcloth should only be used once before washing
How often should you replace your bath sponge or loofah?
After using your sponge every day, wring it out to eliminate extra water and hang it to dry in a well-ventilated place. Remember that synthetic, or man-made, materials, such as loofahs or sea sponges, dry faster than natural ones.
After eight weeks, you should discard a mesh bath loofah (isaka), which is more resistant to bacteria. You may also sanitise your bath sponge every few days if you want to be particularly cautious.