My newly prepared eco enzyme cleaner made from lemon and orange peels (you can use any fruit peel or pulp as well. Pineapples yield the best cleaning enzymes!)
Good afternoon, dear friends😀
Heheh, for quite a while, I was suffering from a writer’s block – there was so much to tell you but every time I select the “New Post” option here, I ended up just staring at the blank page and no words came out…my mind felt like it was stuck in quicksand!😳
Anyway, I would say that the Earth Hour campaign carried out here in Malaysia a few weeks ago was a great success – environmental awareness has increased and there were many good articles in the local newspapers promoting environmental friendly programmes and articles.
One of them that caught my eye was the recipe or method for making our own enzymes using fruit and vegetable scraps or leftovers from the kitchen. These enzymes are really good and effective as a multi-purpose cleaner.
I have been using a fruit and enzyme based floor cleaner to mop my floors for the last 13 years but I bought the floorwash from a chemical engineer who made this environmental friendly floorwash for sale. After mopping the floor, I would pour the water into my pots of plants, which would bloom beautifully….i.e. the floorwash doubled as a plant fertiliser, too.😉
Last year, a friend told me the “recipe” for making our own ezymatic cleaner…but I didn’t really try making some until I read about it in the newspapers last month. It was actually called “The Garbage Enzyme” but I thought the word “garbage” sounds kind of yucky and decided to modify things a bit and made my own Citrus Enzyme, consisting of lemon and orange leftovers.
Some wonderful uses recommended for this non-toxic, environmental friendly enzyme (dilute enzyme with some water, use more if you prefer a stronger concentration) –
1) do dishes and laundry (use 1/4 cup of enzyme). For dishes – add a squirt or two of dish detergent to create suds for better cleaning.
2) for washing bathrooms and toilets. grime comes off easily (1 part enzyme to 10 parts water). Be sure to add a good squirt or two of dish detergent because the suds produced will make it even easier to clean the scum on the walls and floor.
3) for removing stubborn stains and odours (coloured fabrics and floors) (use undiluted) and leave on for some time (it depends on how bad the stain is)….this is very good for removed accidental bloodstains (in panties)
4) to clean vegetables and fruits (1 part enzyme to 10 parts water) for first rinse. Thereafter, rinse in a bowl clean water twice. Vegetables and fruits will be very clean.
5) clear blockages in kitchen sinks and drains (use concentrated or blended pulp/sludge of enzyme)…pour into sink and leave overnight.
6) as a natural insect repellent (use undiluted) for ants, cockroaches.. (pouring some enzyme into sink/bath/shower stall drainage holes will deter cockroaches). My home is now cockroach and ant free! If the enzymes fail to deter ants and cockroaches, try using undiluted apple cider vinegar. That will work for sure but it will cost money.
7) as a floorwash to mop floors shiny clean (1 part enzyme to 20 parts water) or 1/4 cup of enzyme to half a pail of water
8 ) as fertiliser for vegetables, flowering and non-flowering plants (use 1 part enzyme to 20 parts water, or use the leftover mop water). For use as fertilizers, you must use as little enzyme as possible so that the plants don’t die.
9) as a skincare product, e.g. facial cleanser or toner (1 part enzyme to 2 parts water)
10) wash cars – cars will look as if they have just been polished! (1 part enzyme to 20 parts water). If the car is really dirty, I use 1 part enzyme to 5 parts water.
11) pet areas or pet accidents – for urine, wipe off all urine on floor with paper kitchen towels. Then pour 1/4 cup of undiluted enzyme onto that part of the floor. Use a paper kitchen towel to smear enzyme over a larger area. Then wipe dry with more kitchen towels. Pour 1/4 cup of water onto floor and wipe dry with paper kitchen towels or a mop. The floor should be clean by then.
12) remove warts and age spots on neck and shoulders – use undiluted enzyme on those areas and leave on for 10 minutes every day during shower. You will notice the spots lightening up. Note – this feedback was provided by a follower here – I have not tried this yet.
13) to clean glass and mirrors – use 1 part enzyme to 3 parts water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray onto glass and wipe dry with a cotton cloth, paper kitchen towels, or old newspapers. This solution cleans glass even better than those commercial window cleaners!
Currently, most people that I know are making this enzyme at home and many have confirmed its wonderful uses. Even my regular air-condition service/repair man said his wife has been using this homemade enzyme to wash her face and she has given it a name – SK3 !😆
I made a small batch of enzyme to try it out for myself, and I have posted a pictorial recipe below. I only used 10 % of the total ingredients required because I was impatient to get the enzyme started and I didn’t have a large enough plastic container. Anyway, the curiousity got the better of me and I didn’t want to go through waiting over a few weeks to accumulate the 3 kg of vegetable and fruit scraps from my kitchen.😆
Citrus Enzyme Based Multipurpose Cleaner
To begin, you need a plastic container with an airtight cover. Here, I have used an old 2-litre fruit juice bottle. The enzyme takes 3 months to “ferment” and be ready for use.
100 gms of brown sugar
300 gms of lemon and orange scraps (these were leftover after I had juiced them)
1 litre tap water
Use a funnel to pour sugar into the bottle. Drop in the fruit slices. Pour in the water.
Cover the bottle and date it, so that you will know when the enzyme is ready to use , i.e. 3 months later on
Give the ingredients in the bottle a good shake to mix them thoroughly.Everyday, for the first month, open the cover to let out the oxygen build-up from the fermentation process. On some days, you will see the bottle swelling up in size.
Added on 27 August, 2010
Since I last posted this, I had modified the method of avoiding (based on comments by visitors here) extreme gas build-ups leading to explosions by leaving the bottle cap loosely fastened (about halfway tightened ? ) – this will allow some gas to come out at all times and there won’t be any buildup of gas💡
The above picture is my bottle of enzyme that is now almost 1 month old.
Added on 27 August, 2010 –
If you see any whitish stuff growing on top of the liquid, just tighten the bottle cover, and give the contents a good, gentle shake and the whitish stuff will be mixed into the liquid. Then loosen the bottle cap again to allow gas to escape. 💡
Have fun using your homemade enzyme!😀
With best wishes,