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Why you should use a washcloth

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Why it's important to use a washcloth.

Every single hour your body sheds an average of 200,000,000 skin cells. Combine that with the dirt and grime of the day and you can easily see why you'd want to scrub that nastiness off your body each time you shower. A bar of soap or body wash alone just doesn't do the job. You need to properly exfoliate your skin at least once a day. A washcloth made of 100% cotton is the best way to do it.

A loofah or body scrubber can be great if you're experiencing dry skin, but sometimes those rough textures can be too abrasive, especially for sensitive skin. They also have to be replaced often since they are breeding grounds for bacteria, costing you more money. Using a washcloth in the shower is a great alternative that allows you to safely exfoliate. Rather than relying on abrasive materials to exfoliate your skin, you can just adjust the amount of pressure you use while scrubbing gently with a washcloth.

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Here's how to use a washcloth:

  1. Wet the Washcloth: Before using a washcloth, make sure it's clean and damp. You can wet it with warm water, which helps to open up pores and make cleaning more effective.
  2. Apply Soap or Body Wash: If you're using a washcloth for your face or body, you can apply a small amount of mild soap or body wash onto the damp washcloth. Be sure to choose a product that suits your skin type and any specific skincare needs.
  3. Gently Cleanse: Use the washcloth to gently cleanse the area you're focusing on. For your face, use circular motions and avoid tugging or scrubbing too harshly. For your body, use gentle sweeping motions. Remember that over-scrubbing can irritate the skin.
  4. Rinse: After cleansing, rinse the washcloth thoroughly to remove any soap or cleanser residue. You can do this under running water until the cloth is clean.
  5. Dry Off: Pat your skin dry with a clean towel after using the washcloth. Avoid rubbing vigorously, as this can cause friction and irritation.

    Allow your washcloth to dry.

    It’s important to not let your washcloth stay crumpled after you use it, otherwise it will not dry and become even more of a breeding ground for bacteria. The best way to store a washcloth after use, before doing a load of laundry? Try a hook or small bar in your shower where you can hang it to dry. You want to make sure that proper airflow gets to the entirety of the washcloth so that it can thoroughly dry out.

    Keep in mind it can take up to 2 days to dry in the wet shower environment. If you’re sharing the shower, make sure everyone has their own hook or bar to dry their own washcloth. Don’t have the space? Try using your shower rod to hang your washcloth to dry.

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    Don't forget to wash your washcloth.

    It’s easy to let your washcloth go, along with the rest of your laundry. Even if you hang your washcloth in the shower between uses and let it fully dry, that doesn’t mean it is guaranteed to be clean for your next use! Since the point of your washcloth is to help you get clean by washing away dirt and dead skin cells, these germs are then left on your washcloth after you get clean. No matter how clean your shower is, such a damp, warm, dark environment is the perfect breeding ground for the dirt and dead skin cells to grow into something worse - bacteria or mold.

    Experts recommend changing your washcloth daily to avoid re-introducing any bacteria back to your body as you’re trying to get it clean. An easy way to keep your wash cloth clean is making sure that you're the only one using it - don’t share a wash cloth with anyone from your household. For more tips on how to keep your washcloths and bath towels clean, check out this blog post.

    The best washcloth you can buy!

    Experts recommend using a washcloth made of 2-ply cotton loops because they are not only softer than your average washcloth, but can hold up well with lots of washing and use. It’s important that your washcloth is not too rough on your skin. We want to exfoliate, but it actually doesn’t need to be a rough, scratchy material to properly exfoliate. 

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