Ever wondered how to scrub your back as thoroughly as your scrub your front? Sure, it’s nice to have someone around to wash your back when you need it done, but they aren’t always going to be there. The rest of the time, being able to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your back is important for both general hygiene and to avoid bacne. After all, how can you claim to be completely clean if a scrubbing brush only touches 50% of your body. Luckily, there are a number of loofahs, sponges and back brushes that let you scrub the trickier areas and also massage, smooth and exfoliate your skin.
That’s right, we’re going to teach you how to scrub your back in the shower. These simple and affordable hacks are so obvious that you’ll kick yourself for not trying them sooner.
We’ve put together a collection of our favorite bathing tools and loofahs and loofah alternatives that make scrubbing your own back no problem at all. Options include two-handled back scrubbers (our personal favorite), traditional wooden body brushes and 2-in-1 detachable-head scrubbers. Each is well-reviewed and capable of helping you clean your back, feet, shoulders, neck and any other areas that fall outside your reach.
From now on, it doesn’t matter if your bath buddy goes missing, because these handy loofah sponges and shower hacks are always going to be ready to lend a helping hand.
1. Aquis Exfoliating Back Scrubber
The Aquis Exfoliating Back Scrubber has helped plenty of users get to the hard to reach places. One side of the scrubber provides a textured surface to make exfoliating your skin simple, while the other side sports a smoother microfiber surface to provide a comfortable and massage-like experience. The scrubber sports handles on either end, which allow you to apply plenty of pressure and give you an easy way to hang the scrubber when you are finished. The materials used in the scrubber are purposely chosen for their quick-drying and durable properties, meaning your new back scrubber will last for a long time and won’t produce an unpleasant, damp smell. This is one of the most popular products on SPY because it’s efficient and easy to use.
2. AARainbow Long Stretch Back Sponge
The AARainbow company has taken traditional shower loofahs but stretched and braided them to create the Long Stretch Back Sponge. At its resting length, the sponge is 12 inches long, but it can stretch up to 32 inches long. That way, it can easily stretch across your back for reaching the most inconvenient areas. Furthermore, the fully recyclable mesh with which the sponges are made lathers bath gel well and absorbs water fast. Each sponge also includes a hanging loop for easy drying.
3. DecorRack Bath Sponge with Wooden Handle
For price to quality ratio, you can’t beat the DecorRack Bath Sponge with Wooden Handle. This soft mesh loofah is highly durable and won’t irritate your skin while exfoliating it. In addition, the attached, 15-inch wooden handle is slightly curved for reaching all the parts of your body with ease. All of these elements combine to create a loofah that’s ideal for cleaning your back, for people with mobility issues or for pregnant women.
4. LunaBody Bamboo Body Brush
BEST FOR EXFOLIATION
If you prefer the idea of a traditional scrubbing brush, look no further than the LunaBody option. It’s made from all-natural bamboo and sports a head with a side for gentle scrubbing and another with harder bristles for exfoliation. The brush also features a 16-inch long handle to ensure no spot on your body is out of reach and a handy hanging loop for easy brush storage.
5. Greenrain Bath Body Brush
Even though the Greenrain Bath Body Brush isn’t a traditional loofah, it will still get your back sparkling clean and will last a lot longer than a loofah, too. The brush boasts a 14-inch handle for reaching every part of your body, and it has nylon bristles for a comfortable washing experience. In addition to being used in the shower, this brush can also be used dry in order to increase circulation and improve skin health.
6. Honoma Body Brush and Loofah
If you can’t decide between a loofah or a brush, choose both with the Honoma Body Brush and Loofah. On one side, you’ll find a nylon brush that’s ideal for scrubbing or dry brushing, while on the other side, there is a mesh loofah for lathering up and exfoliating your back. Both are attached to a curved plastic handle with an ergonomic grip. And, as an added bonus, there’s a hanging loop for convenient storage.
7. GEPEGE Exfoliating Back Scrubber
BEST FOR DEEP CLEANING
For people who prefer efficiency above all else, the GEPEGE Exfoliating Back Scrubber could be the answer. This scrubber measures 32 inches by three and a half inches, so it can clean your back in just a few seconds. One side is covered in a loofah-like material for exfoliation, while the other side is soft microfiber for a soothing experience. The handles at either end are convenient for seesawing the scrubber over your back and for hanging it up when you’re done. Plus, this scrubber can be machine washed.
8. Eddy Puer Natural Exfoliating Loofah Back Scrubber
This ergonomically designed Eddy Puer Scrubber is great for reaching all those hard-to-get areas. It sports two easy-grab handles to keep you in control and make it easy to hang the scrubber up for drying after you’ve finished. On one side of the scrubber, there’s a loofah sponge to help exfoliate while on the other, you’ll find plush, ultra-smooth cotton to deliver a smooth and polished appearance to your skin.
9. TTYBG Natural Exfoliating Loofah
Did you know that loofah is actually a plant in the gourd family? Most of the shower loofahs we use today are synthetic, but you can still find natural loofah for sale, like the TTYBG Natural Exfoliating Loofah. This plant material is attached to a long, wooden handle for use on your back. Just be aware that the loofah itself is shipped dehydrated, so you’ll need to soak it in warm water before using it to clean your body.
10. FAAY Loofah Back Scrubber
BEST REPLACEABLE PADS
This versatile scrubber lets you decide exactly how you want to clean yourself. The 17-inch teakwood stick provides plenty of length for cleaning the harder-to-reach areas, while you can remove the loofah and use it as a handheld cleaning device for normal cleansing. The loofah pad is also two-sided and provides a surface for exfoliating and a surface for enjoyable skin smoothing. Plus, the teakwood stick has a hanging loop for easy storage. And, the scrubber is accompanied by a money-back guarantee if you’re not totally satisfied.
11. Bax Scrubb Shower Pad
BEST HANDS FREE
Sometimes, it’s easier to go totally hands-free. That’s exactly what the Bax Scrubb Shower Pad allows you to do when cleaning your back. This loofah pad attaches to your shower wall using dozens of suction cups, allowing you to simply rub your back up against it for a good cleaning. This is especially useful for people who have limited mobility. The shower pad can also be attached to the shower floor for cleaning your feet, and it should be cleaned monthly with bleach and water.
12. Toem Loofah Shower Pouf
If you want your loofah to do more than clean and exfoliate your skin, you’ll love the idea of the Toem Loofah Shower Pouf. This loofah is made with bamboo charcoal fibers to draw out excess oil from your skin, eliminate toxins and deodorize while you wash. This pack includes one normal loofah pouf, one loofah pouf on a 17-inch handle and one self-adhesive hook so you can hang up your loofahs directly in your shower.
13. Ineffable Care Loofah Back Scrubber & Body Brush
Skincare isn’t just about washing with soap and water. There are a number of steps required to give yourself the best skin possible, and this Ineffable Care set takes care of most of them. It comes with a boar bristle body brush for dry brushing, which encourages circulation and improves overall skin health. It also has a 27-inch loofah back scrubber so that you can wash and exfoliate your back. Finally, it comes with a Konjac sponge infused with bamboo charcoal to clean the skin on your face. With these tools at your side, you’ll be able to clean your skin better than ever before.
14. Mayberry Health and Home Exfoliating Bath Cloth
BEST FOR FULL BODY CLEANING
For years, using a washcloth was the advice moms gave for cleaning your body. The Mayberry Health and Home Exfoliating Bath Cloth is here to change that. This nylon cloth is rougher than a washcloth but still soft enough for daily use. It measures 36 inches long by 11 inches wide, so you can use it to reach every part of your body with ease. In addition, the nylon fabric encourages excellent lathering action in order to rid your skin of dirt, oil and impurities.
15. DeLaine’s Exfoliating Back and Body Scrubber
BEST LOOFAH SPONGE ALTERNATIVE
Although loofah is an excellent material for washing and exfoliating the skin, it is hard to clean. So, if you’re looking for a more hygienic yet still natural way to clean your body, hemp might be the answer. This substance cleans and exfoliates in much the same way as loofah does, leaving behind silky smooth skin. The Delain’s Exfoliating Back and Body Scrubber is made from organic hemp fibers and can be used with success on all skin types. Both the 28-inch back scrubber and the mitt are machine washable.