Dave planted some luffas for us last summer, growing them in tomato cages.
I harvested these gourds, also know as Dishrag Gourd or Vegetable Sponge, back in November.
Since then they have been drying in the garage. I checked on them when we returned from our trip and the Dishrag Gourds looked ready to peel. The hedgehogs aren’t quite dry enough.
I tried two different ways to remove the skin. One was to soak the gourd. I thought that was way too much trouble and harder.
The second method I just peeled the skin off dry using a scissors to help me.
So this is how it looked with all of the skin removed.
I then cut the luffa into manageable sizes and ran it under water.
While I was running it under the water, I squeezed it until I removed as many seeds as possible.
Next to get rid of any mold spores, I made a weak bleach solution – 1 tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water – and soaked them for an hour.
When I removed them from the bleach bath, I rinsed them, and then squeezed them to get the water out and remove more seeds.
Once I was happy with the results, I put them on a rack to dry.
Once they were dried, I shook them again to get all of the seeds out.
Now, what am I going to do with these?
The main reason we grew these gourds was to put them in our soap. All I’ll need to do is drop a slice into one of our silicon molds and pour over it.
If you don’t have a mold, you can make one with parchment paper or freezer paper (shiny side inside) and rubber bands like this one.
But I also wanted to grind some up and just add it to the soap as a natural exfoliant.
Removing the skin and the seeds takes a little time, but it’s really neat to be able to use our own stuff in our soaps.
But let’s not forget about crafts.
Let’s stamp some more.
Of course, I’m not done. I have to add more.
That was fun. I could also use them as a sponge in the shower. Any other ideas out there for these luffas?
Oh you KNOW I like the luffa stamp!!!
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Love the luffa! Where can I find the seeds so I can grow them, too? Love your blog!
Do you have photos of what the luffa looks like in the bars of soap? I’d love to see.
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Love the luffa soaps! I didn’t know you could grow it so easily!
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How cool is that. Thanks for sharing.
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Rhonda, Not yet! We’ll be putting them in our soaps later.
Laura, Here are three sources for the seeds:
Reimer’s has both luffa and hedgehog: http://www.reimerseeds.com/
Burpee has luffa: http://www.burpee.com/
Botanicla Interests has luffa too: http://www.botanicalinterests.com/
Thanks for commenting. Lynda
So cool! I’d love to grow some luffa. Maybe at my MIL’s though since my garden plot is tiny!!
Love to see the finished luffa soap sometime!
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Thank you for the information. Again, love your blog!
I like to use them as a soap dish for my natural soap in the shower. This way the soap doesn’t sit in a solid dish in water and dissolve faster. It extends the life of my soap. My first purchase of natural soap at a car show included a slice of luffa for just that reason.
Sherrie, What a great idea! I think I’ll try that. Since we only use our homemade soap, I’m always trying to keep them out of the water. Thanks and thank you for dropping by.