Recently the potential of loofah fiber as reinforcement material for polymer-bonded composites was investigated. Tensile and flexural properties of loofah fiber reinforced plastic were characterized and evaluated.
Loofah can be spelled in many ways, among them: luffah, luffa, loufa, and even just luff. Luffa is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the cucumber family.
Loofah Fiber \ Sponge
The fruit may be allowed to mature and used as a bath or kitchen sponge after being processed to remove everything except the network of xylem fibers. If the loofah is allowed to fully ripen and then dried on the vine, the flesh disappears leaving only the fibrous skeleton and seeds, which can be easily shaken out. Marketed as luffa or loofah, the sponge is used as a body scrub in the shower.
Uses of Loofah Sponge
In addition to making a great bath time exfoliator, they are effective at washing up around the house.
These homegrown sponges work wonders on grout, make a scratch-free option for cleaning delicate porcelain, and even help to remove grass stains when used with your favorite laundry pre-treater.
The same loofah can be used over and over, provided you keep it clean after each use and allow it to dry. You may hang it in a mesh lingerie bag on the clothesline or put it in your dish drainer between uses.
This sponge also makes a special gift. Many gardeners have found success selling them at farmer’s markets, craft shows, and online at sites like eBay and Etsy!
Have you ever grown luffa? In what ways can you think to use this miracle gourd? I’d love to hear your stories, especially how you’ve successfully removed the stubborn seeds and skin!