Loofas make great inexpensive, environmentally friendly and multipurpose scrubbers. You can buy or better yet grow grow your own, then cut into 1 inch thick circular slices. Use these for washing dishes, scouring sinks, and other cleaning needs in addition to using them in the shower/bath. Hopefully you are using nontoxic cleaning products in which case you can simply toss the loofa slices into the compost heap when they wear out.
By Tawnya from Alliance, OH
How do you grow your own loofas?
Great ideas! Thanks.
How do you grow your own? I have started to use up all my harse cleaners so I can replace with nontoxic and better cleaners. Thanks
I though loofas came from the sea??? How would you grow them?
Yep, I thought they came from the sea? How do you
grow a loofa? I would like to grow it too. Please let our inquiring minds know.
Thank You good tip.
i would love to grow these,do you know if you can get the seeds in australia,thank you
This is just one link I found with the seeds, I am sure that there are more.
Here is a website that talks about them
Unlike sea sponges, I believe that loofas are actually gourds. After you grow them, you hang them to dry, then clean them up and cut into any size sections that you want. I've seen them in seed catalogs, but am not sure on the climate needed to grow them. My grandfather grew them in northern Ohio, so I know that they can tolerate that climate.
I have been told that Loofa/gourd growing is a huge messy vine, requiring LOTS of space and support like
a clothes line to support the weight.
Can they be sold anywhere? Is there a profit to be made? I know House-bunny toys are often made of Luffa. Does anyone sell them cheaply? Don't they
require a lot of water? I live in Texas, so any info would be appreciated. lyndagayle62 AT aol.com
I've never tried growing them myself but here's a great link with lots of information about growing, harvesting and cutting loofas.
Susan from ThriftyFun
nimwe, if you still get message......I grew loofahs in the summer of 2005, from seeds sent from another yahoo group, and they grew wonderfully. My first time so I didn't know what to expect. Unfortunately I didn't have the time needed for all my harvesting like I planned on and ended up having them all unused. I was going to make them as gifts for friends. They used up enough space but not too much, and I left them grow on the ground since I had the space. Pumpkins took up more space. If you can't find seeds in Australia, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and in 5 months I can start looking around here in Wisconsin.
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