When we’ve written about pumice stones before in the blog we’ve always said that cleaning a pumice stone is important. It helps it work better and last longer, keeping it in tip-top condition. But how do you go about cleaning a pumice stone exactly? And why should you bother?
Why cleaning a pumice stone is important
Cleaning a pumice stone isn’t the most glamorous personal care tip in the world. But it is important. Pumice stones are great for rubbing away dead, dry, and rough skin. Their effectiveness is limited if they aren’t kept in good condition though.
Without regular cleaning, some of that dead skin could get trapped in the pumice stone cracks and crevices. Bacteria could form, especially if the stone is kept in a damp and warm bathroom environment. Your pumice could stop working so well, and become a breeding ground for nasties.
But only if you don’t take care of it. Which is easy to do!
Cleaning a pumice stone: the how to guide
The most important steps to cleaning a pumice stone are easy and you are probably doing them anyway without even thinking about it.
Step one – give it a good rinse. After you’ve finished scrubbing yourself down, rinse out your pumice stone. This might take a minute as it is full of nooks and crannies. But it will get rid of any trapped bits of skin, dirt, and debris, that the pumice might have collected.
It’s not surprising that these things might get stuck so turn the pumice around a few times under the shower, or rinse under a tap.
Step two – it’s important that the pumice stone dries out between uses. Keeping it in a steamy, damp bathroom where it might get splashed isn’t great. When the pumice can dry out it kills off bacteria that thrive in those warm, wet conditions. It keeps the stone strong and hard, making the pumice last longer and perform better.
Step three – every so often give your pumice stone it’s own little wash. You can use washing up liquid and give it a scrub with an old toothbrush. Or leave it to soak for a while in hot water and soap. You can mix one part bleach with ten parts water and give it a dip.
Then give it a good rinse and let it dry out again.
Cleaning a pumice stone is easy and helps you get the best out of it.