Don't Let Your Grooming Tools Become Carriers of Germs

Be it comb or pumice stone or loofah, make sure you clean them regularly

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: May 10, 2020 12:46:22 IST
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You use them often, but do you regularly clean your grooming tools? The answer is likely to be a ‘no’. However, your make-up brush to hair comb, loofah to pumice stone, can be a bed of germs if you don’t clean them. Here is a handy guide on how to clean them.

Haircombs and Brushes

You brush your hair and scalp at least twice a day. Over a period of time, hair strands, dust, oil can get accumulated in your comb and hairbrush. Using a dirty hairbrush may lead to the dirt getting deposited in your hair.

How to: Clean your hairbrushes and combs at least once in two weeks.

With a long pokey object, remove all the matted hair from the bottom of your brush. Fill a mug or small tub with warm water and anti-fungal shampoo or any disinfectant liquid soap, and leave your brush in the liquid for 30 minutes. Using an old clean toothbrush, scrub your combs and hairbrushes till you get rid of all the gunk and they look clean. Run it under the tap to remove soapy residue and leave it out to dry.

Pumice Stone/Foot File

To keep your feet healthy, you need to clean them often. But it’s equally important to keep your cleaning tools germ-free. A dirty foot file or pumice stone can carry germs, nullifying the very purpose of using them in the first place.

How to: Clean the pumice stone and foot file with a toothbrush and soap water. Scrub well and put them under running water to get rid of all the accumulated dirt. Make sure the water goes inside the pores of the stone with full force. Or, you could soak them in warm soapy water with baking soda to kill all the germs and then scrub them with a toothbrush.

Loofahs and Mitts

In the process of cleaning your body, loofahs and mitts take in a lot of dirt and dead skin. They might look clean but can carry tonnes of bacteria, especially if not left to dry properly. Worse, you can even run the risk of getting a skin infection.

How to: Wash your bathing mitt and loofah regularly with a disinfectant. Make sure you allow them to dry properly.

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