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.

Step 1: All You Need Is

You will need a properly dried Sponge Gourd  or Luffa Gourd or Gilki (I will use the term gourd moving forward in this ible :)) And...
  1. Lots of water
  2. A plastic bucket
  3. A sharp scissor if you choose to cut.

Making this loofah is simple but requires some processing which I mean natural processing. So lets make some loofah.
<p>how long of a growing season do these need? Are there different species of plants that work?</p>
<p>A month or two usually. They grow fast. There are some hybrid varieties that are usually small and lean that I don't recommend. I would buy organic if possible and let them grow to the biggest size when they start drying on the plant itself. Hope it helps.</p><p>Thanks </p>
<p>it does. Thanks</p>
<p>Tarun I live in Western Australia and have been wanting to do this for what seems like ever. I only need to find where I can buy the seeds and start them off. I knew they came from gourds and after spending what was a small fortune on one from the &quot;health shop&quot; I thought I can do this. Now I know the process which you have made so easy, now all I need to do is plant them and do it myself. Congratulations on a well written article ... cannot wait to get this project started... :)</p>
<p>Awesome !! I am so glad to know this. Thank you so much for your kind words.</p>
<p>My grandparents who lived in Virginia grew these for many years, starting during the Depression, to use in the kitchen. They saved a penny anywhere they could! Grandma called them &quot;dish-rag gourds&quot; because she would use them to scrub dishes and pans, and they fit down into drinking glasses and canning jars better than a cloth in one's hand. She would keep two of them in the kitchen at a time, and allow one to dry while using the other. They must dry completely between uses or they will get mildewed and start to smell bad and get soft &amp; crumbly. Of course they don't last forever no matter how careful you are, but you can always grow more from the seeds that come out! I'll have to grow some for my own grandson this year. Thanks for the memory!</p>
<p>Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful memory :)</p>
<p>hi!</p><p>very nice!</p><p>here in Brazil it's a very common! we call Bucha.</p>
<p>Amazing!! Many thanks</p>
I had no idea how these were made! Awesome instructable! Thanks for sharing. <br>sunshiine
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..!!!
Thanks Bro :)
Thanks for this, I am attempting to grow <a href="http://www.burpee.com/vegetables/gourds/squash-gourd-ornamental-luffa-prod000721.html" rel="nofollow">these</a> and I had no idea how to finish the project. &nbsp;Any thoughts on drying them?<br>
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. <br>I hope I was able to help you. <br>Thanks.
When we were small my mom used this to clean our hands
Oh yes, I think in India this thing is very native and in use since ancient times. Thanks for stopping by.
When we were small my mom used this to clean our hands
<strong>hey pal, u remind my old days.. when i used to go mah village in summer &amp; used this &quot;desi&quot; loofah..!! well nice stuff u made..</strong>
Thanks buddy :), yes those days :) I miss them so much.
Fabulous you! I had no idea this is where loofahs came from!!!
Thank you so much :)
Damn tarun tats super awesome are those Granny tricks :P. Time to hunt for those gilki 0_0
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
so very natural!!unbelievable eco-friendly loofah never ever heard of dis.really surprise u bring such wonders thru ur instrutable:-):-)
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!
Thanks you so much Linda :)
Awesome! You have my vote!
Thank you so much, this means so much for me.
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.
Thank you :) Yes it looks a lot like some sea sponge.
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!
Thanks Holly :). I did submit in the contest :). I searched on amazon.com for you and found these two links <br>http://www.amazon.com/Chickni-sponge-gourd-seed-packet/dp/B00022KF42 <br>http://www.amazon.com/Luffa-Sponge-Gourd-Seeds-Packet/dp/B003ADB9GS <br>Hope they are of any use for you. <br> <br>The possibilities with these are many :) Thanks again for your support.
Sorry I misread your comment, you knew where to buy seeds...right?
Nice, well written
Thank you :).
Wow, I had no idea
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)
Also it can be used to wash the dishes <br>I&lsquo;m sorry,If my grammar is wrong。so I am Chinese
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 :)

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