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How to Make Your Own Loofah Sponge

How to Make Your Own Loofah Sponge

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How to make a loofah sponge.
How to make a loofah sponge.

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Published by: Callie on Apr 27, 2009
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How to Make Your Own Loofah Sponge
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Loofah, a seed pod originating in southern Asia, has many kitchen usages, butmost often loofah is used in the bath and shower as a cosmetic or beauty aid. It'sgood for skin care and is a natural beauty aid. Here's how you can make your own simple loofah sponge.
Things You'll Need
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Step One
Obtain loofah seeds for planting. Of course, you may bypass this step if you'relucky enough to already have a vine of the seed pods growing on your property.Seeds grow well in warm climates, but can also be grown in colder climates witha little extra care. The plants must be supported by a trellis, fence or bamboostakes.*Purchase seeds online or at specialty nurseries.
@2009 Calandra Ferguson. All Rights Reserved Visit Sew Craftful.com
 
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Step Two
Plants are ready to harvest just before the vine dies. Pick pods from the vinesand clean them lightly with warm water.
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Step Three
Using a sharp knife, peel the green outer skin of the pod.
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Step Four 
Milk the pod by cutting one end of the plant with a sharp knife. With the cut endfacing downward squeeze the vegetable from the middle releasing the interior "milk substance" and seeds.You can run high pressure water through the pod to get the same effect.
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Step Five
Soak the now empty loofah in warm water to which 2-3 capfuls of bleach havebeen added. This helps in removing the natural browning of the plant after peeling.Allow the naked plant to soak for 10-15 minutes, until the desired lightening hasbeen achieved.*Note you are not required to lighten the loofah; it's a matter of choice.
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Step Six
Wash the loofah with mild soap and water until bleach residue is completelyremoved.
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Step Seven
To dry naturally, lay the loofah onto a clean screen which has been elevated byfour spools of thread. Cover the screen with cheese cloth.Rotate the loofah periodically.This allows extra moisture to easily seep from the loofah through the screen,cheese cloth and prevent molding.
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@2009 Calandra Ferguson. All Rights Reserved Visit Sew Craftful.com

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