When we hear about enzymes, we tend to first think in terms of our health, in which they play an important role. However, what we often don’t know is that enzymes can be a fantastic help when it comes to cleaning the house. In fact, many people turn to enzymes for unblocking sinks, although their utility doesn’t end there. You can make an enzyme cleaning product from kitchen leftovers, to make an effective non-toxic product that has no harmful effects on the environment.
The cleaning agent we are proposing today is in fact a 2 in 1: you will have an easy-to-use liquid version, and also a paste that allows for scrubbing. With these too weapons under your oxter, you can say goodbye to even encrusted dirt.
What you need:
- 300 g orange or lemon peel
- 100 g brown sugar
- 3 g of yeast
- A 2 litre plastic bottle
- A litre of water
- An airtight container
1) Pour the brown sugar into the bottle.
2) Cut the citrus peels into small pieces (so that they will fit through the bottle neck) and add them to the sugar. Next pour the yeast on top of them.
3) Now add the water. Close the bottle tightly and shake it energetically for around 30 seconds (until everything is mixed).
4) This is the most important step: the fermentation! Write the date on the bottle and allow the ingredients 2 weeks to ferment (or 3 months if you haven’t added yeast). Once a day, shake the bottle energetically and unscrew the cap a little for a few moments so that you don’t get a build up of gas inside.
5) Strain the mixture to obtain your liquid cleaner (which can be used diluted or neat, as we will explain at the end of the article).
6) Use the peels that you have obtained in your strainer to make the second cleaner: a scrubing paste. You simply need to add bicarbonate of soda and blend it. Add the bicarbonate of soda gradually to obtain a thick paste (as seen below) and store it in a sealed container.
A few uses for your cleaning agents
For the scrubbing paste:
- Cleaning the oven
- Cleaning the sink, the shower or the bath
- Cleaning fabric coverings around the house
The liquid cleaner:
- For daily cleaning tasks such as stain removal and degreasing (120 mls of cleaner diluted with enough water to make 1 litre of cleaning product)
- To add to the dishwasher or the washing machine (add 60 mls of the solution to the machine)
- For cleaning bathrooms or toilets (1 part cleaning agent for 10 parts water)
- For washing fruit and veg (1 part cleaning agent for 10 parts water)
- Use it neat for difficult stains (on fabrics and floors), for a blocked sink or for repelling ants and cockroaches
- To scrub the floors or to wash and shine up the car (1 part cleaning agent for 20 parts water)
- To fertilise your plants (1 part cleaning agent for 20 parts water). You can re-use the water you used for scrubbing other surfaces for this purpose, in order to reduce waste.