Maintenance and PreventionLoofahs are soaked in a bleach bath for about an hour after harvesting as a way to brighten up the gourd and kill any bacteria that dwell within. Repeating this once a month will help to reduce the growth of bacteria on your loofah. Drying your loofah between showers will also slow bacterial growth, so hang it in a dry place rather than inside the shower.
Keeping wounds covered and cleaning with antibiotic soap can prevent infections. It may be a good idea not to use a loofah if you have any doubts.