Natural Enzyme Cleaner: Free Recipe

Hello lovelies. I want to share with you a super duper effective general-purpose surface spray that you can make yourself with common ingredients found in your kitchen.

I love this formula because it’s completely natural and non-toxic, and it’s full of enzymes that break down dirt so that it may be cleaned up with greater ease.

So what are enzymes exactly? I know, I was confused too. They’re long chain proteins produced when kitchen scraps are fermented in sugar and water, and the waste/dirt that the enzymes consume are simply converted into carbon dioxide and water. So green!

Seriously, please stop using bleach that will destroy anything in its path (including your skin/lungs)! Instead, use enzyme cleaner. It’s so much safer to use in your home and it’s just as effective at cleaning. If you don’t believe me then try it for yourself.

What can I use this liquid to clean?

Honestly, just about anything! But here are a few uses that I implement:

  • Surface spray (walls, counter tops, glass, you name it): 250mL diluted in 1L water. Spray and wipe.
  • Floor: use about 100mL diluted in 1L of hot water and mop.
  • Toilet: poor a small amount undiluted into the toilet water, as well as spraying around the bowl. Leave for 5 minutes and then scrub and flush!
  • Cleaning wooden utensils/serve ware: 250mL to 1L water. Spray and wipe.

 

Now, the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups citrus peels (fresh or dried)
  • ½ Cup brown or raw sugar
  • 1 Litre water
  • 1 Teaspoon Yeast (optional)
  • 1 large container
  • 1 tea towel or cheesecloth

 

 

Method:

  1. Using your hands, break up the citrus peels into small pieces. The greater the surface area each piece, the more potent the mixture will become. As you can see in the image below I’ve used dried peels. Fresh is just as good, but I tend not to eat a whole heap of citrus and so I dry the peels out so I can store them and stock up.  
  2. Transfer the peels into a large container and add the sugar and yeast. The function of the yeast is to speed up the fermentation process to two weeks. This cleaner can still be made without the yeast; only the fermentation will take 2-3months instead.
  3. Pour water over the top of all other the ingredients
  4. Stir until sugar and yeast has fully dissolved 
  5. Secure the top of the container with a cloth and rubber band. Super Important: do not place a lid on the container. Or if you do, make sure it is very loosely fastened. Throughout the fermentation process a lot of gas is created, and a firmly closed container could lead to an explosion, and we definitely don’t want that.
  6. Now, let sit on your counter top for 2 weeks (or longer if you’re not using yeast) and stir the mixture every 1-2 days. 
  7. Once fully fermented, strain out the remaining peels and sediment with a cheesecloth and bottle your enzyme cleaner straight into a spray bottle with added water or keep in a container with your other cleaning products ready to dilute when needed.

 

Super secret pro tip: add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the finished product for some extra cleaning power.

 

 

 

What about all the gooey citrus peels left over? I’m glad you asked, because you can use these to clean your home as well!

  1. Place left over peels into a blender and blend until goopy.
  2. Slowly add baking soda into the blender until a thick paste forms.
  3. Place into a wide mouth container and voila! An amazing scrub with some extra grit power.

This scrub if perfect for those extra challenging spots to clean such as the kitchen sink, bathtub or oven.


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