After all, there’s something pretty disgusting about fungus and when it’s growing on an apparatus intended for cleaning.
Shared on Reddit, it was given the title “This scrubbing brush has sprouted two tiny mushrooms” by user Bantrlicious, who added: “Alarmingly, this is a body-scrubbing rather than dish-scrubbing brush.”
ASbykat wrote: “You gotta clean you brush man!”, while Molly Mauler added: “Most people are under the assumption that the brush must be really dirty but in reality mushrooms require a very sanitary growing medium in order to thrive.”
But it turns out that there’s more to the brushes, commonly used for exfoliation, than meets the eye, and it’s not something that obsessive cleaners should really worry about.
User Cnelsonic said: “Some species of mushrooms happen to like to grow on decaying wood, like the handle of this brush. Shiitake and chicken-of-the-woods mushrooms grow on decaying tree roots and stumps, for example.
“It just so happens that some fungi spores landed on your brush handle, were activated by the moist heat of your tapwater, and beat out the yeasts and bacteria that are already flourishing on it.
“Conditions were just right for the mycelium that has colonized that spot on your brush handle to produce fruiting bodies. They look like they’re probably old enough to have dropped their spores, but if you take some white paper and put the caps on them you might be able to get a cute little spore prints.
“Also you can use the spores to innoculate your friends’ wood handled dish brushes, and give the gift of brushrooms.
“All the people saying you’re gross/disgusting/etc are over-reacting. This is the wood equivalent of a spot of mould on some bread.”