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The switch from bar soap to liquid body wash has been driven by a fear of bacteria lurking on bar soap. Companies encouraged the idea that using liquid soap was more hygienic and advertised it as such. Yet the body wash most people use is also used with net/mesh sponges. You want bacteria? There it is! Read more here.

The netting exfoliators – let’s call them puffs – are actually a breeding ground for nasty bacteria which grow and multiply in just ONE night.

In fact, it’s estimated 98 per cent of dermatologists would recommend you NEVER use a shower puff.

Expert J. Matthew Knight, from the Knight Dermatology Institute, says they can do more harm than good.

That’s because the dead skin cells you scrub off gets caught in the folds of netting.

He added: “Then you put them in this environment in the shower that’s warm and moist and gross, and it’s a set up for bacteria, yeast, and mould to grow in the puff.”

If you use them on newly shaved skin, the news is even worse.

The bacteria can then get into any tiny nicks and result in infections and bad skin.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology found these bathtime buffers host a wide range of bacterial species and bacteria overgrowth literally happens overnight.

If you are really attached to the puff polish, scientists say you should rinse the puff thoroughly after each wash and let it dry away from the moist environment of the shower.

You should also replace it every three to four weeks but chuck it sooner if it smells musty or you spot any mould.

This shows how kind to your skin you are if you shower with a bar of soap, and nothing else. If you need something scratchy, you can use our exfoliating soaps, if you need something smooth, we have an endless variety of these too. No need to spend money on accessories that will be thrown away and contributing to landfill. Soaping with a zero waste mindset and keeping it simple has never been so easy.

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