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March 21, 2021 0 Comments

A shower is probably one of the most relaxing parts of your day and your self-care routine. It’s an activity that cleanses the body, clears the mind, and refreshes the soul. It becomes even more special when you use sustainable alternatives to your shower staples. Like the eco-friendly loofah sponge instead of your usual plastic-made shower pouf. It’s an all-natural, vegan, and plastic-free product that is sure to make your shower times a guilt-free pleasure.

But have you ever wondered where the loofah sponge comes from?

This post is for you. Today, you’ll discover 10 fun facts about the loofah sponge that will make you see this eco-friendly product in a new light.

10 Fun Facts About the Loofah Sponge

hanging loofah fruits and flowers from the vine

1.  Plant-based

The loofah sponge comes from a plant commonly known as sponge gourd or Egyptian cucumber. The species made into the loofah sponge you buy are Luffa aegyptiacaand L. cylindrica.  

This plant grows in tropical to subtropical regions and is abundant in Asia and Europe. It’s an annual plant that grows into a vine and thrives in well-drained soils. It bears small, yellow flowers that grow into long, cylindrical fruit that looks like a zucchini. The fruits are  used to make loofah sponges.

loofah soup

2.  Edible

Apart from being made into the eco-friendly loofah sponge, did you know that the fruits can be cooked and eaten too? They're rich in dietary fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. It gives off a nice aroma making your soups and stir-fries yummy and fragrant. 

sliced loofah

3.  Medicinal

The loofah plant has a lot of medicinal uses. Research shows that it contains a lot of phytochemicals and that it has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Traditionally, it is used to relieve colds and sinus problems, and muscle and arthritis pains.

peeled dried loofah

4.  Naturally dried and made

The loofah sponge is a popular eco-friendly and non-plastic bath scrub that is used for cleaning and exfoliating skin. It is made by drying a whole mature fruit. 

The process begins when the mature fruits are harvested and dried for six months. Then, they are soaked in water, peeled, and de-seeded. The fruits are dried again, sliced and cut, according to desired patterns. Finally, they are then sold as a sponge.

5.  Vegan

Since no animal product is involved in the manufacture of the loofah sponge, it is vegan. You are sure that no animal was harmed in the making of the product. 

sliced loofah sponge

6.  Plastic-free

Conventional shower poufs and sponges are made with plastic which comes from fossil fuels. Since loofah sponges are purely made from the dried sponge gourd, it’s a perfect eco-friendly alternative. 

loofah pile

7.  Biodegradable and compostable

Because it is all-natural and is made by drying alone, the loofah sponge is 100% biodegradable and compostable. Once you're done with the product, you can simply wash it to remove all the soap residue and chuck it in your compost bin to generate compost that nourishes the soil. Now, that’s zero-waste!

loofah vine hanging fruits

8.  Renewable

Plastic shower poufs are made with fossil fuel products, a nonrenewable resource and one of the main drivers of climate change. This is why we need sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives like the loofah sponge. You can plant it again and again from a seed, and in a few months, be able to harvest another set.

loofah for dishes

9.  More than a bath sponge 

While it is commonly known as a bath sponge, you can also use it to wash dishes and scrub the bathroom walls and floors. Its rough network of fiber can clean tough dirt. It’s one more reason why you no longer need a plastic sponge.

loofah

10.  Easy to maintain

Just like plastic shower poufs and sponges, your loofah sponge needs to be maintained too. Its fibrous network and the bathroom’s moist environment may make it a breeding ground for microbes. So, it is best to wring it dry and leave it in a cool, dry place after each use.

You can also clean it once a week using a 10% bleach solution. Just dip it for five minutes and hang dry. Finally, replace it every three to four weeks.

Love Loofah!

Don’t these fun facts just make you love loofah even more? It’s vegan, plastic-free, renewable, biodegradable, compostable, and easy to maintain. It can even be used to clean bathroom sinks and dishes. Truly, the loofah sponge is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic shower poufs and sponges.

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