Plastic shower poufs should be replaced regularly and are difficult to recycle when you do. There are non-plastic alternatives that you can make at home. This is a shower poufs project review.
For the purposes of my review, I’m going to summarize the basic steps, tell you what I did differently (if anything) and share my general thoughts about sewing these projects.
There are several alternatives to the plastic bath pouf. I found some online tutorials for DIY bath poufs. Two of them use commonly found materials and were quick and easy to sew.
This is a great project for upcycling those old, worn out bath towels. You will need two strips of toweling and a strip of towel edging. Serge or zigzag the perimeter of the towel strips to prevent fraying. Pin the towel strips together with the towel edging in between them and along the center line of the towel strips. Sew along either side of the towel edging, making sure it keep it centred. Bunch up the towel strips along the towel edging then use the towel edging to tie a knot around the strips. Separate the towel strips to give your pouf more loft. Sew the ends of the towel edging together.
I was surprised by the small size of my finished towel shower pouf. It lathers well and is soft on the skin. It did take some effort to squeeze all of the water out of it. My shower pouf was still damp more than 12 hours after use. I washed it with my usual load of towels.
This project uses hessian or burlap. Hem the short ends of your burlap strip using ~½” seam allowance then sew both long ends together with a ¼” seam allowance. Turn your burlap tube right side out. Top-stitch the short ends closed leaving a gap in the middle of each short end. Thread your ribbon or towel edging through the middle of the burlap tube. Scrunch up the burlap in the middle of your ribbon then tie a knot in the ribbon around the burlap. Sew the ends of the ribbon together.
This shower poufs is a similar size to the plastic shower poufs that I’ve used in the past. My strip of towel edging tore when I tried to knot it. Avoid using excessively worn towels for either of these shower pouf projects. Wet burlap wasn’t abrasive. It’s more gentle than wet loofah. Unfortunately, wet burlap smells strongly of wet burlap. This may be a deterrent for some people. My shower pouf lathers well and was easy to rinse and squeeze dry. It was still damp more than 12 hours after use. I washed it with my towels and no harm was done.
Both of these plastic-free shower poufs are easy to make. Compost your 100% cotton (including the thread) shower poufs when they need replacing. Plastic shower poufs need to be replaced approximately every 2 months. Loofah should be washed every week and replaced every 4 weeks. You may wish to follow similar guidelines for your old towel and/or burlap shower poufs.
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