What Do You Know about Natural Loofah?
Believe it or not, some people think that a natural loofah is made from corals and sea sponge. This is something that regularly comes up when we speak to new customers!
So NatBrands is on a mission with our LoofCo range to educate consumers about where loofahs really come from as well as their incredible versatility as a cleaning scrubber for home and body!
So where do loofahs come from? Loofah plant is a vigorously growing vine from the cucumber family that is rich in durable fibres yet soft and flexible. When ripe, the inside of the loofah fruit develops a network of fibres that are perfect for cleaning and exfoliating purposes when dried. Our loofahs are harvested, peeled, deseeded, then dried, cut into lengths and processed by hand in Egypt. This natural tradition has been passed down through the generations.
It is astonishing that a dried vegetable could work as a cleaning tool!
Here are other interesting benefits of using natural loofah as a vegetable-based scrubber:
1. Excellent Exfoliator
The coarse surface of a natural loofah is an exfoliator. When you scrub it gently on your skin, the friction causes the dead skin cells to shed. As a result, your skin looks clear, fresh, and healthy. Try a LoofCo Bath-Time Loofah or Body Loofah to reap these benefits.
2. Alternative Surface Scrubber
Apart from bathing, the success of LoofCo shows that you can utilize loofah for housecleaning too. You can use it to scrub showers, countertops, sinks and other surfaces. The loofah presents itself as an ideal scrubber for two reasons. Firstly, its sponge-like texture is absorbent and easy to use with liquids. Next, the rough surface efficiently gets rid of hard-to-remove stains. Our LoofCo Cleaning Pad is one of our best sellers!
3. Plastic-Free Washing-Up Pad
Our best seller by far, you should switch to LoofCo Washing-Up Pad to wash your dishes. It is a simple step that minimizes plastic usage from your daily routine. It also helps reduce the number of microplastics that get washed down the sink when you’re doing the dishes.
4. Great Scrubber for Root Vegetables
Loofahs are ideal for cleaning soil and debris from root vegetables. Our LoofCo Root Vegetable Scrubbers gets rid of mud that clings to the surface of your root vegetables. It’s a mess-free and gentle solution to clean the veggies without harming them. You simply have to soak it in water, wait for it to swell and soften before scrubbing your fresh produce.
Other benefits of using LoofCo loofah products over a plastic scrubber include:
- LoofCo’s loofah creations are 100% biodegradable. The fibrous plant scrubber can be used as compost for your gardening once it gets worn out.
- The loofah plant absorbs CO2 as it grows.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What's the best way to clean a loofah?
It’s important to wash the loofah, wring it and air-dry it after use. This practice prevents bacterial growth.
- Thoroughly wash with hot soapy water then rinse well.
- Squeeze it to remove excess water and soapy residue.
- Wring the water out and then let it air dry from the string loop.
- Store it in a dry place
Many customers wash their loofah with their laundry in the washing machine and this is perfectly fine too.
2. How often should you replace them?
Provided you keep your loofah clean and dry between uses it will last for many months and at the end of its natural life can be composted. We have happy customers who are still using their LoofCo washing-up pads after a year!
The Bottom Line
Now that you know that the loofah is quite a miraculous plant and not a sea creature, it’s time to spread the word. Inform others about how it offers such an easy way to reduce plastic pollution in the home and waterways. Not only is it great for your skin, but it doubles up as the perfect washing-up pad and household surface scrubber too.
What’s more? Purchasing LoofCo loofahs will support traditional farming practices of this truly sustainable crop.
So what are you waiting for? Switch to your natural loofah LoofCo products
- Lois Clark