Sometimes I think I'm pretty crunchy, crispy in fact. Other times I think "Seriously? Why did it take me so long to figure this out?". Like the other day when I realized that I was scrubbing myself with a big chunk of plastic. I hate plastic. I needed a new scrubby puff, but I didn't want to go out and buy more plastic only to have it end up in the plastic-Texas-in-the-ocean when I was done with it. So I went searching and found some really cool options!
Did you know that a loofah is a dried squash plant? I had no idea! I found the coolest Etsy shop that sells homegrown loofahs, and they sent us two to try out. These are grown in Florida at EcoFarm. Check out these pictures they sent me:
drying on the vine...
Evidently the seeds are quite prolific and will sprout anywhere. The growing cycle is quite long, so I'm not sure how well they would do in Michigan. You can order seeds here if you are interested in trying it out. (If you do, let me know how it goes!)
These were hand milked and dried in the sun last year because the weather was so moist.
We have been enjoying using our loofahs in the shower instead of a big ball of plastic. Its a bit scratchy at first, but works well. Loofahs can even be used to scrub produce, or cut in slices and used as a soap saver. Here is a blurb from the Etsy shop owner TiffyPop about loofah care:
So, am I the only one who didn't know what a loofah was? Anyone want to try one out? Just leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win the loofah shown above! For an extra entry, become a Facebook fan of One Little Word She Knew and let me know that in a second comment. I'll close this on December 3 at midnight. Now go check out EcoFarmFL's Etsy shop; a loofah would make a super fun Christmas gift!