I did something big last week. Like, really big.
Like, life changing.
I threw away my loofah (you know, that plastic poof thing that you use in the shower?)... and I have no plans to purchase another.
I made fun of Mike mercilessly when I found out that he didn't use a loofah ("BUT HOW DO YOU GET CLEAN? Don't you need to scrub off the top 5 layers of your skin to be clean?!"). But I guess I need to issue an official retraction and admit that he is pretty smart.
You don't, in fact, need a loofah to get clean! Who woulda thunk?!
I finally realized that you can still get clean by just using a wash cloth or your hands- no $2 poofy thing needed!
Now, here's where it's about to get all weird and introspective, so stick with me:
This really was a life changing decision! By choosing to give up on the loofah, I am avoiding ~70 years of loofah purchases! (You know, assuming I live until 95 and they don't invent a way for us to NOT have to shower).
Common advice is that loofahs need to be replaced every month or so (bacteria growth or something). I was a bit lazier and probably replaced mine 2-3 times a year (oh hey bacteria!). I'd say that loofahs are between $1-$2... so let's do some math.
At $1.50/loofah multiplied by 3 loofahs a year times 70 years... I'm avoiding $315* worth of useless shower materials over the course of my life!
*oh, that wasn't as significant as I thought it would be. haha oops
But more than that, it made me question the other items that I think are oh-my-god-so-completely-necessary. Could I cut anything else out?
I've already decided to never again purchase microwave popcorn, I don't buy bottled water anymore (I use this water bottle in pink and a Brita filter), and I cut my own hair instead of going to a salon... but what other useless stuff could I cut out?
This silly little poof has given me a lot to think about.