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Its been a while since I had grown any vegetables in my kitchen garden, the last one I remember was tomatoes. My next door neighbor has a small mango tree in the backyard which has some branches grown beyond their boundaries and falling into my backyard now. As a neighbor we have been sharing lots of good stuff since ages and helped each other in time of need. Isn't this nice in these times where its hard to maintain relations. Anyways...

Its mango season in India and I was trying to spot some mangoes on that tree(like I said we share like family) and guess what I found, a dried Sponge Gourd..How?. I had grown some sponge gourd in last winter and they lasted till March. The vine actually climbed the mango tree and no one noticed that there was a big fruit grown and hidden from us. You know we call it Gilki (Gil (G as in goat) - kee) in india and every alternate week my mom brings it from farmer's market and cook it.

I could not resist but to pluck it, this reminded me of my grand mother (can never thank you enough ma) who used to make loofah using it, in fact I had used it when I was a kid in times when shower gel was not something we knew or  had access to.

TIP: Do you know here in India we make awesome Gilki Bhajiyas (Fritters made using tender Gourds)? I might write an ible someday about it.

So lets see how we can make a 100% natural shower loofah using a dried Sponge Gourd (or luffa or Gilki) fruit. I will try to cover every nifty detailed I learned from my grand mother, you may find it over simplistic.
 
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sunshiine1 year ago
I had no idea how these were made! Awesome instructable! Thanks for sharing.
sunshiine
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thank you sooo much :)
This is awesome! I bet it would be nice to wash your face with.
Thank you :). Yes it can be used, just put it in warm water for a minute or so before you use it.
Cool. If I find the plant I will try it.
Amazing dear..!!!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  anubhav.dubey1 year ago
Thanks Bro :)
iamadam1 year ago
Thanks for this, I am attempting to grow these and I had no idea how to finish the project.  Any thoughts on drying them?
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  iamadam1 year ago
Hi iamadam, You should be able to grow these just like any seeds. Just put a few seeds in container full of soil separated by about 3 inch each and gently cover them with soil. It grows without much maintenance. You don't have to do anything for drying, if you let the fruit stay in the vine, they will dry over a period of time which is usually 2-3 months depending on weather.
I hope I was able to help you.
Thanks.
sanorita1 year ago
When we were small my mom used this to clean our hands
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  sanorita1 year ago
Oh yes, I think in India this thing is very native and in use since ancient times. Thanks for stopping by.
sanorita1 year ago
When we were small my mom used this to clean our hands
hey pal, u remind my old days.. when i used to go mah village in summer & used this "desi" loofah..!! well nice stuff u made..
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  shail_mehra1 year ago
Thanks buddy :), yes those days :) I miss them so much.
bajablue1 year ago
Fabulous you! I had no idea this is where loofahs came from!!!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Thank you so much :)
samalert1 year ago
Damn tarun tats super awesome are those Granny tricks :P. Time to hunt for those gilki 0_0
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  samalert1 year ago
Thank you so much for your kinds words :), I really appreciate that. Sometimes I feel that granny ticks can save the world....LOL at least from a Zombie Apocalypse LOL
Shubh V1 year ago
so very natural!!unbelievable eco-friendly loofah never ever heard of dis.really surprise u bring such wonders thru ur instrutable:-):-)
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Shubh V1 year ago
Thank you so much :) That is so nice of you to say and I really appreciate you being constantly providing feedback on my iBles. Thanks
Great Instructable!! I had no idea what a loofah was before, it's so useful!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  lindarose921 year ago
Thanks you so much Linda :)
Awesome! You have my vote!
Thank you so much, this means so much for me.
mrmerino1 year ago
Wow, I had no idea loofahs came from a fruit, I always thought it was a variety of sea sponge! Very cool, I'll keep an eye out for sponge gourds now.
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  mrmerino1 year ago
Thank you :) Yes it looks a lot like some sea sponge.
HollyMann1 year ago
Tarun I love this so much! I hope you submit it to the contest - I think it should win! :) I don't know if you can buy these in the USA...or where...but you can buy seeds to grow your own. I think I'll do that this summer! LOVE this idea - I would definitely use it for dish sponges too!
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thanks Holly :). I did submit in the contest :). I searched on amazon.com for you and found these two links
http://www.amazon.com/Chickni-sponge-gourd-seed-packet/dp/B00022KF42
http://www.amazon.com/Luffa-Sponge-Gourd-Seeds-Packet/dp/B003ADB9GS
Hope they are of any use for you.

The possibilities with these are many :) Thanks again for your support.
Sorry I misread your comment, you knew where to buy seeds...right?
Ron0Fez1 year ago
Nice, well written
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  Ron0Fez1 year ago
Thank you :).
Wow, I had no idea
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago
Thanks Mike :). That's why I love instructables, it gives us so many wow moments despite geographical boundaries, people across pond (many ponds actually...LOL)
mao77777771 year ago
Also it can be used to wash the dishes
I‘m sorry,If my grammar is wrong。so I am Chinese
Tarun Upadhyaya (author)  mao77777771 year ago
Indeed it can be used to wash dishes. It's a good idea to replace eco-unfriendly (No idea if this term exists :D) things at home. You communication is as intended, so nothing to worry. I am from India and English is second language for me too :)