Bathing or taking a shower is the essential and favorite habit after a hectic day. Everyone has his favorite bath accessories for skincare and hygiene in which loofah or sponge is the most common bathing accessory among people.
Loofahs are also spelt luffas. Do you know you can make a natural loofah? You might be thinking loofahs are made up of sea sponges because of their porous nature, but it’s not true. Natural loofahs are made from a gourd plant, and it looks like a giant cucumber and belongs to the cucumber family. Read more about natural loofahs in the below guide.
How can you make a natural loofah?
Luffa gourd is a plant that grows in tropical and subtropical regions. In the past, loofahs were popular in the United States and imported chiefly from Japan. Nowadays, the use of loofahs is increasing rapidly, and this plant is imported from warmer regions. It looks like a giant zucchini.
Steps of making natural loofahs
- Choose a big-size yellowish-green luffa.
- Now whack it on the hard surface or ground then its skin starts coming out.
- Peel it off its feels a little slimy, no worry.
- Now you need to remove its seed. Again whack it hard, and all its seeds will come out. don’t have to be gentle
- Now remove its slime by squeezing it.
- Wash your loofah with water and squish them up.
- Now soak them in soapy water overnight or a couple of days to bleach out. It makes it nice and clean.
- Now dry it in sunlight for 24-48 hours or until it feels dry. Change its position during the drying process to ensure sunlight falls on every side.
- Toast them in an oven for a few seconds. Now they are dry.
- Your loofah is ready to use in the shower. You can cut your loofah into pieces or use them according to your needs.
Benefits Of Using Loofah
The benefits of using loofahs are pretty standard. Some of them are:
- Loofah’s fuzzy, porous surface creates a star exfoliator that scrubs off dead skin cells.
- Unclog the clog pores of the skin and make it glow.
- It helps to stimulate blood circulation during baths.
You can also use them for other cleaning purposes like the scrub sink, basin tiles, or other hard-to-clean surfaces.
Risk Factors Of Using Loofah
Loofahs have inter-winning layers that are the best place to live for harmful bacteria; when you scrub your skin, your dead cell nooks into the crannies and best food for germs and bacteria.
Using a loofah vigorously damages or cuts on your skin, and it may cause infection, including pimples, pneumonia, or throat infection.
Bacteria grow in moist environments, and the bathroom is the best place to unwind.
But if you clean your loofah, then it will not cause you harm. But many people don’t clean it.
Now the question is: how can you clean your loofah?
How To Clean A Loofah?
After every use, you should wash your loofah and hang it outside the bathroom to dry it thoroughly.
Once a month, soak your loofah in diluted 10 per cent water and bleach mixture for 10 minutes and then wash and dry it thoroughly.
It is recommended to change your loofah every month.
The best option to avoid germs and infections is to stop using loofah instead of another.
What Is Another Another (Better) Exfoliator?
You can use a soap saver bag. You are thinking, what is a soap saver bag? A soap saver bag comprises the sisal fiber of the non-toxic plant. Hang your soap in it and use the last part of your soap. You can find many benefits of soap saver bags here.
You can also use a washcloth instead of loofah as it can be washed in machine warm water and dried up quickly after every use.
Using loofah is risky, but if you can not leave it. Buy loofahs in bulk and change them frequently because health is wealth. And if you can switch to something else or use your hand, it will be the best option. After all, it is a matter of your health.