Luffa pads/ Loopha sponges/whatever you call them can be found in just about every corner of the great Interweb, most of them fairly cheap. But I’m here to tell you that you can grow them yourself, for almost free. It’s pretty amazing actually.
There are a couple of things you should know about growing luffas. One, patience, which is needed for growing most things, is a must. It takes a while for the seeds to germinated, for the things to grow, but once they do they really, really do.
Two, it’s a vine. It needs a trellis.
Three, I’m no luffa growing expert, so I’ll leave the rest to someone else.
I do fancy myself somewhat of an expert in luffa harvesting and I have the amazingly soft hands to prove it.
You can tell when they’re ready to be picked because they have a yellowish color instead of green and the skin feels loose and soft. It took us a good few months before we got to this point and when we did they were pretty large.
Once your darlings are ready to be picked, carefully twist or cut it off the vine.
The next steps will only get messier. Seeds and sap will be flying, so do this outside or in the kitchen.
Next, take each luffa put a spot of soap on it and hand scrub the rest of the sap off. When you can squeeze the water from the luffa against the sink without any soapy type residue that usually means you got the sap off.
Once you’ve got that done, let the luffas dry out for a couple of days.
And that’s it. You got yourself some new luffas and some amazingly soft hands.
If you want some seeds, check out my mom’s etsy page.
And if you don’t want to do all the work but still want luffa sponges then you may check her page out because have the sponges for sale as well.
Want more ideas? Check out my DIY page.