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Cancel all of your plans, you can grow your own loofahs.

This morning I was just enjoying a nice piece of breakfast cake when I was informed that a loofah is just DRIED SQUASH.


I will be the first to admit, I don't know how a lot of things are made. And it is really fun to experiment with zero-waste creations like lip-balm, deodorant, and dish detergent. A lot of products are actually way more simple than you might imagine.


Anyway, if you forced me into guessing, I would have said a loofah is made from some knitted fabrics or something??? I honestly had no concept of where they came from.


But to find out that they aren't manufactured at all and that they are just a dried vegetable?! WELL, I have been instantly enthralled with visions of becoming a loofah farmer. It is true that most of my life aspirations play out with me surfing under the sun on some remote island. However, I cannot deny that loofas have game-changing qualities.


I now think of a future where I own a pig named Ravioli who wakes up with me at dawn to till the soil. I picture myself leaning on a fence, admiring my millions of squash at full bloom, sprawling out under the blazing Michigan sun.


If you have similar dreams of becoming a loofah farming billionaire, here is a step-by-step guide: https://gardenerspath.com/plants/vegetables/grow-loofah/


And for those of you curious onlookers who are hesitant to delve into farming but would like to know how a squash turns into a loofah, check this out:


Here is the squash Luffa aegyptiaca or Luffa acutangular.

You can purchase seeds online or in gardening retailers as well.

Photo via: Good Housekeeping



Once they have fully grown (and before they are overly ripe), pick the squash.

You will then peel off the outer skin to reveal:
































You really can't get any more natural or eco-friendly than that. So ditch those Dollar Tree loofahs and opt for the OG, homegrown exfoliator.


I have to go prep the fields for planting season but if you want me to send you a loofah around June time, let me know!


In the meantime, here are 3 dollar loofahs from Etsy. Etsy also offsets all carbon emissions from shipping.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/826532760/natural-organic-loofahs?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=loofah+natural&ref=sr_gallery-1-1&organic_search_click=1


Happy farming!

Kit


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