Loofah, also spelled Luffa is actually cultivated and eaten as a vegetable but must be harvested at a young stage of development to be edible. The vegetable is popular in India, China and Vietnam. But it isn't just any vegetable, as it was used as filters on ships prior to World War II, and as pillow stuffing, this cucumber actually has a long history dating back to 7000 B.C.
Today, the plant's squash is picked, dried, and skinned to make bath and kitchen sponges. With its abrasive nature, we decided to combine it with the all-natural wood pulp cellulose sponge, the result is our cotton stitched Loofah Dishwashing Sponge.
The loofah side (brown fiber) can be used as a gentle scrub for your non-stick cookware, as it removes charred pieces of food or grease without scratching the surface of your non-stick pots and pans.
The wood pulp cellulose side (white sponge) does the normal dishes. They don’t collect bad odor and bacteria like other plastic sponges and cleaning cloths.
Unlike traditional sponges that use glue or latex, these materials are stitched together with thick cotton thread, where the white sponge is tapered to create a stronger seam for some serious scrubbing; this makes the full construct, a unique kitchen sponge measuring 11cm by 7cm by 2cm. Every sponge is made and sewn with the least chemicals, no plastic and are REACH compliant, an EU "Safety Test" standard. Last but not least, it is a 100% plant-based cleaning tool that is biodegradable and compostable.
We are a packaging-free company. We use packaging only for logistical requirements. The sponges are packed together with a jute rope. Cut and tie the jute rope to our brand tag as a hanging option (see photos).
All our sponges (including the scouring portion and the jute rope) are 100% biodegradable; it's the most eco-friendly cleaning option and has no poly-anything!
Hygiene specialists recommend that you replace your sponges every 1 to 2 months. If you keep it clean, you can reuse a cellulose sponge for up to 6 months. Although with frequent care and rougher use, your sponge may only last about a month. To make them last, rinse sponges thoroughly after each use. Allow them to dry completely open to the air or you may sun them as well. Alternatively, you may soak the sponge in a mixture of one part bleach to nine parts water for two minutes. Wring it out, then air dry. Another way is to soak the sponge in full-strength vinegar for five minutes, then rinse and air dry. Our sponges are dishwasher-friendly, so you can also run sponges through a cycle in the dishwasher on the top rack.