The use of vegetable sponges for personal hygiene is one of the alternatives chosen by those who take care of their health and that of the Planet, since they are 100% natural and biodegradable.
Some advantages of vegetable sponges
Also known as loofah, these sponges are more durable than synthetics and do not create an environmental problem.
Classic sponges are made with two plastics from the polluting and non-recyclable oil industry: polyurethane for the sponge part and polyester for the rough part.
Although loofahs are natural, they can be composted without generating any impact on the environment.
As for its use, sponges are a body scrub that takes care of the skin. Eliminate dead cells and regulate body sebum (oil)
Many use them for facial cleansing, but it will need to be done very gently and every 20 days to get the best benefits. Before using the sponge, it is advisable to moisten it to soften it a little.
It acts as a muscle relaxant by massaging the body and stimulates blood circulation.
Prevents ingrown bellitos, decreases pore size.
It does not leave harmful residues for our skin.
How to take care of the loofah
Any type of sponge is a reservoir of bacteria because they offer the ideal conditions for their development: they are always damp, have a porous structure and come into contact with traces of dirt. Therefore, in each cubic centimeter of sponge, billions of bacteria can accumulate.
For all this it is important to take care of it with basic maintenance:
- Rinse them very well after each use and let them air dry or near a window.
- Store it in a dry place.
- To eliminate any bacteria, it is recommended to microwave the sponge for 10 to 20 seconds.
- Or wash it with 250 milliliters of water, half a glass of cleaning vinegar and three tablespoons of salt in a pan. When it breaks the boil, turn off the heat and leave the sponge for about three minutes, then hang it in the sun.
- If black spots appear or if they give off a very bad odor, it will be time to replace it.
If you have space and sun in your garden, you can grow this plant that grows like a vine, you will have free sponges all year round!
If you are planting the loofah from seed, it is advisable to pre-soak them in water on cotton wool so that they get hydrated and the cover softens. Its germination time is less than 8 weeks, and it should be borne in mind that it is a plant sown in spring and harvested the following autumn.
Sources consulted: https://metandia.com/https://www.Cuerpomente.com/