Paul grew up totally self-sufficient and it’s amazing to hear all the different things they used – provided by nature. The loofah sponge is just one example. We have been using it in our home for many years now. It’s efficient, natural, easy to handle and can be composted when old.
We first re-discovered the Loofah when I was looking for a way to escape spending money
on things other than food and bills (rent, electricity, water etc.).
I was determined to find a way of creating a No Waste lifestyle, that did not force us to keep on buying, buying buying and with that constantly spending money.
Paul remembered how he used the loofah for everything from cleaning pots and dishes to taking shower with it when he grew up and we decided to order a huge one online (I bought this one from Egypt and it has been of superb quality!). This was about three years ago and we are still using the same sponge (and we have never since bought another shower or cleaning sponge).
The loofah is actually a large cucumber!Isn’t is so amazing, what God provides in Nature ?! This natural sponge has been used for thousands of years!
How to use a Loofah – What you need to know
First of all: Don’t buy some cheap processed loofah sponge or pad. Neither any of the many artificial plastic loofah shower sponges! These are known to easily harbor bacteria and they can not last as long as the original organic one can.
When you buy a loofah, look to buy an entire dried gourd. This is how it looks like:
Your loofah sponge will likely come peeled, often including the seeds (which you could use to try planting your own natural sponge 🙂 ). The narrow end makes a great piece for a shower and facial sponge. I have used mine now for 2 1/2 years and it’s still firm (but not too rough).
Loofah Shower and Facial Sponge
Using this dried cucumber sponge is cleansing and exfoliating. You can use it with or without soap. I use mine without soap. If you use soap, make sure to thoroughly rinse the sponge after you are done. Always place the loofah in a place where it can dry entirely in between uses. Otherwise it could grow bacteria – even mold.
If you are using if for cleansing your face, make sure it’s not too rough! Some loofah’s are quite rough at the beginning, but over time the fiber get softer.
Loofah Dish Sponge
We have been using our “cucumber” dish sponge for over 2 years now – replacing it once. It works wonderful! Be sure to rinse your dishes before cleaning with it, otherwise food might get stuck in the sponge and cause it to mold. It’s also important to rinse it well after use, so no suds are left. Let it dry in between uses.
If you are concerned about bacteria growing in your loofah, you may wash it once a week with hot water (toss it into a hot wash cycle with some laundry or wash in your dish washer – if you use one, or boil it for about 1 minute in hot water). We however have never done this, and have never had either mold grow or any other issue.
Using the loofah sponge for shower, face care and cleaning has proven to be a wonderful way not only to save money, but also to live more natural, self sustainable and toxin free.
Watch how I share my entire minimalist skin care routine: