Scientists are saying that the shower pouf you clean yourself with is the grossest thing in your bathroom—and the bathroom is the room you poop in!

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According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, those harmless-seeming mesh sponges are host to a wide range of bacterial species, and because they are usually stored in warm, moist environments, the bacteria spread rapidly and almost immediately. Bacteria and skin cells then get trapped in the folds of the netting, and are spread all over your skin every time you use one in the shower.

IT'S. JUST. SO. GROSS.
IT'S. JUST. SO. GROSS.
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According to J. Matthew Knight, a dermatologist at the Knight Dermatology Institute, mold and yeast also are susceptible to growing in the pouf. Think about that the next time you rub one all over your junk to "clean" yourself.

Scary, right?
Scary, right?
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