The great unknown of our toilet amenities….the loofah sponge!
I’m sure you have used a loofah sponge at some point somewhere, right?
But…do you know where it comes from?
Luffas (or loofah) belong to the Cucurbitaceae family, making squashes, watermelons, melons and cucumbers their, let’s say, near cousins and contrary to popular belief, they can be grown in a garden and have nothing to do with sea sponges.
In Indonesia, they are usually grown for sponges so the fruits mature until they are brownish and then peeled. They are pretty tough on dirt without being too abrasive being the perfect natural alternative to wash your face, body, dishes etc.
Wondering how to plant a loofah?
Loofahs like sun (they need 150 to 200 warm days to ripen) and moist soil with plenty of compost. They are grown like a winter squash and their long vines (30 feet isn’t unusual) need quite a bit of room.
How to use your loofah?
You can use your sponge whole or cut out flat sections from the outer layer. Dermatologists recommend making sure that your sponge dries between uses and only using one for three or four weeks before replacing it with a new one.