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African Net Sponge: Uses & Care Instructions

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If you haven’t heard of the African net sponge, your skin is missing out on some serious TLC. The African net sponge, also known as a Sapo bathing sponge, is a durable sponge made of 100% nylon that exfoliates the skin and helps reduce dry and rough skin, rashes, back acne, eczema, and other skin issues. 

While this beauty essential has been gaining recent attention with the help of social media, it has been used for centuries in Western Africa. Originally used as a fishing net, it was discovered that this material could double as a tool for exfoliation! 


The material and length of the African net sponge make it a staple for daily cleaning. Unlike a traditional loofah and washcloth, the net sponge: 
  • Unclogs pores 
  • Removes dead skin, oil and dirt 
  • Cleans hard-to-reach areas such as the back
  • Dries quick, preventing bacteria build up 
  • Softens the skin
  • Improves blood circulation 
  • Lathers efficiently reducing the amount of soap needed 
  • Lasts up to two years 

How to Use: Easy as 1, 2, 3 

The African net sponge is suitable for men, women and children to use. Before using your sponge, hand wash in hot water with mild detergent to soften the texture. 
Once your sponge is ready, follow these three easy steps: 

  1. Wet washcloth and add body wash or natural soap to a rich lather 
  2. Scrub the entire body, including your back, by stretching the washcloth
  3. Rinse and hang to dry

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Caring for Your African Net Sponge

The African net sponge can last up to two years with proper care including regular machine or hand washing. It is generally recommended to wash your sponge every 1-3 months (or at your own discretion) and hang dry. 

Once you use an African mesh washcloth, you’ll want to throw out your loofah and/or washcloth! 

Upgrade your body care routine with the African Mesh Washcloth.