While you may think that your tools are just for doing your dirty work, you’re only partially right. If you’re not regularly cleaning them, your grooming tools are actually accumulating bacteria and causing pesky breakouts, which is just plain disgusting. So it’s time to call on your inner-OCD–let’s get meticulous!
Start with your loofah. (You do own a loofah, don’t you?) Sure, it comes in contact with loads of soap each time you use it but that doesn’t make it self-cleaning. While we agree that nothing feels better than a good scrub-down in the shower, frequent use could promote bacteria and mold growth in those little nooks and crannies–gross! To keep your loofah clean, make sure you let it dry completely between uses and replace it every six-eight weeks.
The next tool to tackle is your razor. Don’t just rely on attaching a new cartridge when the old one gets grungy. When you shave, hair and skin cells get caught between the blades, providing a cozy little place for bacteria to grow. Post shave, wipe down your blades (CAREFULLY–we take no responsibility for sliced fingers) with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol and store it on a clean, dry surface.
Finally, the most fundamental grooming tool of them all, and one that I hope we don’t have to encourage you to use…your toothbrush. Once you’re done scrubbing away your leftovers from lunch and keeping your pearly whites white (Marvis Whitening Toothpaste, anyone?) please don’t keep your toothbrush on a counter anywhere near a toilet. Every time you flush, microscopic particles are blasted high into the air and settle on the bristles of that brush you keep sticking in your mouth. Once you’re done gagging over this news and realize that maybe your girlfriend was right about that whole “the toilet lid should be put down” thing, go get yourself a toothbrush cover. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months and you should be good to go!
Pro Tip: While grooming your grooming tools may seem somewhat asinine at first, it’s actually an important step to banishing bacteria and making your equipment last longer. These cleaning routines won’t take more than a few minutes, so hop to it!