Growing your own supply of natural sponges is easy and fun.
Luffa (loofah) sponges do not come from the sea but from the vegetable garden. These natural scrubbers belong in the family of plants that include gourds, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, and melons. They are most closely related to cucumbers in appearance and growing habits. They can be used as household scrubbers, body exfoliators, and young luffas are even edible and delicious when added to simple dishes and stir-fry recipes. If you added luffas to your garden this year Fall is the time for harvest. They may also be seen for sale at local farm stands and natural food stores. You may also find local seeds for sale that you can save for next year and start your own healthy skincare spot in your garden.