By Kimbry Parker

Some people like the feel of a loofah or mesh scrubber in the shower or bath. But unlike a washcloth, a scrubber -- used to slough off dry skin and clean your body -- may not get a thorough cleaning after each use. When it's left hanging in the damp shower, it can become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Whether it's made of natural or synthetic fibers, a scrubber can be cleaned using bleach. Do this once a week and it will safely last as long as three months.

Loofah - natural fiber for body scrubbing
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A once-a-week cleaning keeps your natural loofah fresh and safe.
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Chlorine kills the germs in a mesh scrubber.

Rinse the loofah under warm water. Squeeze it out several times to remove any soap residue.

Step 2

Fill a sink or bucket with one gallon of cool water. Add 3/4 cup of chlorine bleach if the loofah is made of synthetic fibers, or 1/4 cup of bleach if it's made of natural fibers.

Step 3

Submerge the loofah in the bleach water and let it soak for at least five minutes.

Step 4

Take it out of the bleach solution and rinse it thoroughly under running water.

Step 5

Wring out the loofah and give it a few good shakes to remove the excess water. Hang it up to air dry.