Wow, I’m So Impressed With My Eco (Fruit) Enzyme Cleaner – You’ve Got To Try It! Here’s My Review…

Good afternoon, dear friends :D

My first bottle of eco or fruit enzyme was due to “mature” on 09 July, 2009 but because I had ran out of floor wash and I was impatient to know know effective the enzyme is as a multi cleaner, I poured some of it out to use on 16 June, 2009….3 weeks prematurely, before harvest due date!

Wow, I am so impressed with the amazing cleaning qualities of the eco enzyme that for the past week, I have been trying out this “premature” enzyme on almost anything and I was busy cleaning like a busy beaver! :lol:

(Do read the comments at the bottom of this post for more amazing cleaning experiences posted by the visitors here and myself)

Check out this POST on how to make your own fruit enzyme. :wink:

mini-Eco Enzyme 001

Photo taken on  06 May, 2009 – on the left is my first eco enzyme made from lemon and orange peels, which I had posted HERE. The  middle one was made from lemon, orange and beet root. The right one is made from green apples and some lemon.

mini-Eco Enzyme 002Photo taken on 16 June, 2009 – I had made a new bottle of eco enzyme using the skins of one dragon fruit and 2 oranges. Notice that the contents of the right bottle made from beetroot has turned yellow?

Here’s my review on the eco enzyme -

Bathrooms

Previously, I had tried vinegar, bleach and specilised bathroom cleaners to wash my bathrooms and toilets. With the eco enzyme, cleaning of bathrooms had become a breeze! I used 1/2 cup of enzyme to 1 litre of water with a good squirt of dish detergent for the suds as my cleaning solution and I wet the whole bathroom with it. Wow, the dirt and scum came off easily with minimal scrubbing…most importantly, I did not have to bear with any cleaner fumes..instead there was a wonderful citrus smell. The enzyme was also good in removing stale bathroom odours. Am I impressed indeed! :shock:

Tiled Floors

Being in the tropics, our houses here are not carpeted and we walk barefooted at home. So, it is of utmost importance to me that my floors must be clean. Having an effective floor wash to mop my floors is crucial, given that my house is 3 storeys high and I have a lot of area to mop. Previously, I had tried expensive enzymatic floor cleaners, vinegar and standard commercial floor wash. As I have 3 cats, I can’t use strong commercial cleaners as they may be poisonous to my cats (cats are always licking to clean their paws and fur).

With great excitement, I poured 2 tablespoons of eco enzyme into a pail containing 3 litres of water.

Again, I am simply astounded by the enzyme – the dirt on the floor was easily removed and the pail of water was getting dirtier faster than if I had use my previous type of floorwash, even with vinegars. Another proof of the superb cleaning power of the enzyme was seeing the floor grouting (the lines between the tiles) getting brighter/whiter! I used this one pail of water plus enzyme to mop one whole floor.  After this, my floor was squeaky clean and very shiny! :D

Two days I mopped my floors again with the enzyme. This time, the pail of water got even dirtier, which I guessed was due to more old dirt and grime being removed by the enzyme. By the third time I mop the floors (another 2 days later), the dirt in the water was lesser and by now, my floors look brand new and shiny. Best is the wonderful, clean feel on the soles of our feet when we walk on the floor. Wow!

With the enzyme floor wash, there is no rinse is required, it absorbs odours, it is safe for pets and the leftover mop water can be used as plant fertilisers.

Glass Doors & Windows

I used window cleaners and lots of paper kitchen towels to clean my glass doors and windows. Often, I have had to wipe them a few rounds to get them really clean with no smudges. With the eco enzyme, I used 2 tablespoons of it with 2 litres of water and a clean cotton towel. No rinse is required and the glass was easily cleaned effortless..all in just one wipe and in a couple of minutes. Old water stains were easily removed for those windows exposed to rain. Fantastic!

Car Porch & Garden Pots

With the amount of rain that we get, some parts of my car porch and garden pots have green algae. Also, as the car porch is not often washed or scrubbed, there tend to be a buildup of dirt and grime that is hard to remove. I had tried using vinegars and strong cleaners and srubbed my car porch like crazy..but still, it didn’t turn out as sparkling clean as when I used my eco enzyme.

To half a pail of water (about 3 litres), I poured in half a cup of enzyme (if I had more enzyme, I would have used more..maybe next time….because this is a heavy duty job)…I spread the cleaning solution over my whole car porch and then started scrubbing a small area first. Again, I need not srub hard and the dirt came our very easily….cleaning the car porch has never being so effortless for me and I was so happy! The green algae came off easily from the floor and pots. Even my children commented they have never seen our car porch so clean before.

Kitchen Hob/Stove

I didn’t get very good results for using the enzyme to clean my oily gas hob after a heavy cooking session – probably because I didn’t use enough enzyme. By now, my “yet to mature” enzyme has been half used and I dared not use too much of it.  I will report more on this the next time I clean my kitchen with the eco enzyme. :wink:

Kitchen Wall Tiles and Glass Blocks

Again, these were easily cleaned with minimal time…I have gleaming wall tiles and glass blocks.

Refrigerators

They were really easy to clean with the enzyme. Best is stale odours were removed quickly and interior and exterior surfaces of the fridges are now sparkling clean and shiny. As both my GE fridges are white in colour, the cleaned doors were quite obvious.

Other areas I would like to try using the enzyme for :-

1) washing the car? Just to see how good the enzyme is for removing old dirt from the paint and the stubborn watermarks on the windows and windscreen. :lol:

2) doing the dishes?

3) cleaning the painted walls?

4) doing the laundry?

5) as an insect repellent? Thus far, I have tried a little of the enzyme on some areas where there were ants…but I need to test this out more before I can write more on it.

6) as a facial cleanser? I am not really sure about this but my air-condition repairman said his wife uses the enzyme to wash her face and her complexion is now so good. She even calls this enzyme, “SK-111″…this is also another reason why I decided to use fruits only to make the enzyme as it will smell better.   :lol:

7) fertiliser – in addition to using the enzyme as fertilisers for my plants, I intend to blend the remains of the fruit pulp with some water and pour them onto my plants.

Advantages of using the eco enzyme :-

1) really, really effective as a cleaner…..doesn’t need a lot of effort to clean anymore, and the dirt is so easily removed that it is almost magical!

2) cost effective – I am now saving a lot of money in not having to buy anymore bleaches, vinegar, cleaners, floorwashes, toilet bowl cleaners, glass cleaners….and so on. The enzyme is almost free and the only minimal cost is in the sugar.  Also, I save money from buying fertilisers.

3) safe to use…there are no chemicals involved…and so, it is good for those families who have pets and small children at home

4) nice smell to it – no irritating chemical fumes. Can even remove odours,

5) it is an environmental friendly product

6) it is gentle on our hands

I hope you will be able to make some enzyme and see for yourself how wonderful its cleaning qualities are. It will save you a lot of energy, work and money and you will be like me…..beaming with a wide smile everytime I finish cleaning with the enzyme! :D

From now onwards, I will be making eco enzymes regularly to provide a steady supply for my cleaning requirements! :lol:

Happy Cleaning! :D

With best wishes,

choesf :D



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207 Responses so far »

    • 2

      Brenda said,

      How do you keep the fruit mixture from molding while you wait the three months?

      • 3

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hi there and welcome, dear Brenda :D

        There will be a whitish layer that looks like mould growing at the surface of the enzyme…a sign of fermentation. Shaking the bottle regularly, daily if possible, can prevent the moulding to a certain extent. Some of my harvested enzymes still have a thin layer of whitish mould growing. Just filter the enzyme and use. :idea:

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

    • 4

      Riette said,

      Hi – I just made my first batch and I enjoyed reading your review. -Any updates on this cleaner?

      • 5

        Hi there, dear Riette :D

        I’m glad you are trying out your own homemade cleaning enzymes – you will enjoy monitoring it’s fermentation process as well as using it.

        The latest application of this enzyme ===> I made a wood furniture polish from it, with a combination of enzyme and cooking oil. I took some photos of my teak furniture, before and after polishing with my homemade enzyme-oil mixture. It sure beats spending a lot of money on teak oils, and it works much better than those branded furniture sprays. Will post them shortly here. :idea: :wink:

        Just now, my daughter made a fruit tart and she added kiwi peels into my latest batch of enzymes that I started this week – it has carrot peels, pomelo fruit/skin and limes. :lol:

        Do have a wonderful weekend!

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

    • 6

      Angelina said,

      I’ve made two batches of cleanser. One with lemon skin and another one with orange skin. The one with lemon skin goes well. It has some whitish layer as you said and smells good. The one with orange skin started to develop green mould which looks very nasty. Is this green mould bad for health? I wonder if I did anything wrong causing this problem

      • 7

        Hi there, dear Angelina :D

        I’m glad you made some enzyme cleaners. It is usual to find whitish mould on the surface of the enzymes, but so far, I have not seen greenish types. :oops:

        Perhaps, to be on the safe side, you should not use the enzyme with greenish mould for cleaning….but you can flush the sludge down the toilet in small batches, and pour the enzyme into the kitchen sink to help clean/clear the pipes? Just a suggestion… :idea:

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D:

  1. 8

    Jessica said,

    Hi Choesf,

    I m so pleased to read abt your new post – eco enzyme cleaner. I have been a keen fruits enzyme maker, both for drinking & cleaning, for ~ a yr.
    Yes, the cleaning enzyme is magical. I have to admit that I can’t live without enzyme now. It is absolutely fantastic and one has to use it to believe it!!

    To condition/soften hair and prevent hair loss

    There is another great usage which I would like to add it to your list – as a final rinse after hair washing.

    I have always used 1 tablespoon of the eco enzyme dilute with 1L of water as a final rinse to my hair after washing away the shampoo. My hair is not only clean and bouncy after each wash but the most important thing is that it has reduce my hair loss. You will notice it on your next hair wash.

    I have recommended it to my friends & family. They all agree that they don’t lose as much hair as before. So try it !!
    Btw, have you ever tried making the enzyme for drinking purposes? I strongly recommended it. Again, you’ve got to try it to believe it!

    Bye
    Jessica

    • 9

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Jessica :D

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the enzyme. The one for rinsing the hair is a really good, natural remedy for hair loss, I’m so glad you told me this. I have very fine hair and I noticed my hair is slowly thinning as I approach middle age…so, I will definitely try this out today with my “still one week to mature” enzyme! :D

      About making the enzyme to drink, I’m afraid I don’t how how to make this. Can you teach me how? I’m sure it will have many health purposes and I would like to learn that from you, too – seeing as you have been using the enzyme for a year now. :wink:

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

    • 10

      hannah said,

      Hi Jessica,

      I have a question. Can I apply the enzyme on my scalp instead of rinsing it after hair washing? Will it be effective?

  2. 11

    taney said,

    wow! this stuff really looks amazing! do you know anything about creating stuff for bodywash, shampoo, and lotion-related natural skin care products? that would be awesome! thanks again happyhome88, i really enjoy your articles and DIYs! (=

    • 12

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear taney :D

      Nope, I don’t know anything about creating bodywash, shampoo and lotion… :lol: but I believe there are some natural methods for them in the Internet. :wink:

      Thank you for your lovely comments! :D

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  3. 13

    Doreen said,

    Hi:

    Do you mind to share how to make this wondrful eco-enzyme?

    Thanks so much :)

    Doreen

    • 14

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Doreen :D

      My post on how to make this enzyme is HERE.

      Enjoy making and using your enzyme! :D

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  4. 15

    manila said,

    I just threw away some sweet lime peels after extracting the juice. I just did not have the time today to make this enzyme. But believe you me, when I was binning the peels (with a heavy heart), I was thinking of you and your magic cleaner. Then I read this post. Now I am even more upset about discarding the peels. Anyway, next time I am definitely going to make this cleaner. I will try with white sugar.

    • 16

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear manila :D

      Hmmm…no wonder I kept thinking about you yesterday…you were thinking about me and my enzyme. :lol:

      Don’t worry, you will always get fruit and vegetable scraps and you can make new enzymes anytime. I have made another 4 litres of enzyme 2 days ago using a cabbage and lady fingers that I didn’t get to cook and they had turned yellow. So, they were vegetable enzymes.

      Oh, I checked out some sites on making enzymes, they mentioned not to use white sugar but any type of brown sugar, because white sugar is bleached or something. So, I’m glad you haven’t made yours yet, seeing as how I had advised you wrongly last time to try using white sugar. :oops:

      Do have a restful weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  5. 17

    mark said,

    Hi, Greetings from Singapore. I have been making enzyme as drinks but not as cleaners. I thanks all of you for all your sharings. Unlike cleaner enzyme, I don’t use water or ‘touch water’ in the process of making my enzyme. Serious, I’m now questioning myself, why no water? My 2-cents understanding… Good bacteria fed on sugar to produce enzyme, hence sugar or honey that are treated with chemicals should be avoided. So, any form of natural sugars should be good. Enzyme is not a living thing but a chemical produce by the good bacteria. The human body has a few type of enzymes, the digestive enzyme is one of them and these enzyme aid the body’s organs to do their work better. Please correct me if I am wrong. Btw, there will be no wastage from now on… the peels from the fruits of my food enzyme will all go to the making of my cleaner enzyme. Cheers, Mark

    • 18

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, Mark from Singapore! :D

      Thank you for sharing your information on enzyme drinks. Now, I understand a bit more on the science part of enzymes. I must make some for drinking to find out for myself how it will turn out. I’m so excited! :lol:

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  6. 19

    Tgstar said,

    Drinking Fruit Enzyme for Weight Loss

    hi, I’m new and sure share excitements about the wonderful eco enzyme. I’m also taking the fruit enzyme and discover by chance that it can control my weight as I’m one who puts on weight easily.

    Use the white stuff on top of enzyme as a facial mask, to shampoo hair and clean body

    As for the garbage fruit enzyme, you can use for your face as well as your hair. You know, the white stuff that flows on top of it, you can use it as a facial mask as well as with your shampoo and also to clean your body.

    • 20

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Tgstar :D

      Thank you so much for sharing your information on both the drinking and cleaning enzymes. Wow, I am learning more and more good stuff on the uses of enzyme – facial masks, too? What I love hearing most is the ability of the enzyme to control our weight – my teenage daughter has problems with her weight and she is now on a weight loss programme. I shall make some drinking enzyme asap for her to drink.

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  7. 21

    Jessica said,

    Recipe for making Drinking Fruit Enzyme

    Hi Choesf,

    Very sorry for the late reply.

    Yes i would love to share with u – DIY drink enzyme.

    Fr my experience, dragon fruit is the best for beginners as it is the easiest.

    1) use glass jars and NOT plastic containers.
    2) fruits, lemons & brown candy 冰片糖 (it’s available only in Chinese medical hall in Singapore)
    3) fruits, glass jars & utensils should be thoroughly dried. A drop of water is enough to cause the whole jar of enzyme to get mouldy. It’s really heartache to see everything go down the drain. To prevent that , I ‘d bought a small hair dryer to blow dry everything b4 I get started. It’s esp handy on a rainy day.
    4) arrange the fruits slices as 1st layer, lemon slicess as 2nd layer then brown candy as 3rd layer. Repeat until the whole jar is filled. Several hours later the fruits level will drop.
    5) close the lid upon completion but not too tightly. Leave it in a dry & cool place. I use a piece of dark colored cloth to cover the jar as enzyme is sensitive to light.
    6) if black mould is seen, remove the affected area thoroughly and add some brown candy pieces to cover that area. (Note- white mould is fine, no need to worry)
    7)Wahla, it is ready for harvest after 2 weeks.
    8)sieve the fruits n pour the juices into a glass bottle & refrigerate.
    9) To drink – dilute 2 tablespoon of juices with a glass of water. 2 to 3 times / day.

    I’ve found this site to be quite useful, it shows step-by-step + pictures.
    http://bbs.kinotown.com/thread-177902-1-2.html

    Bye

    Jessica

    6) ‘rock & roll’ the jar on the 1st n 2nd days. Donot move it once it starts bubbling, fermentation takes place.

  8. 22

    Jessica said,

    Oops,

    typing error, sorry. It should be
    6a) ‘rock & roll’….
    6b)if black mould…

    Please let me know if there is any queries.

    Good Luck

    Jessica

    • 23

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Jessica :D

      Hey, no need to apologise….I am very thankful and happy to get your recipe on the DIY drink enzyme, seeing as you have been using enzymes to drink and clean for 1 year. Best thing is to learn from experienced users like you. I have just tried a few days ago the enzyme as a leave-in conditioner on my hair and wow, you were right, my hair was really bouncy and remained good for 2 days. My hair is very fine and usually the next day after a hair wash, my hair will be limp and slightly oily. With the enzyme hair conditioner, my hair still looked good the next day! I noticed that my hands are not so dry now that I use the enzyme as cleaners, too.

      So, I was thinking, if the enzyme is so good on the external part of our body, if we were to drink it, it will surely nourish all our internal organs and improve our health. Now, I am so excited to try making the DIY Drink Enzyme…tomorrow, I shall go buy dragon and lemon fruits, brown candy from Chinese Medical Hall and a large glass container. I’m really glad you even gave the tips of using a hair dryer to ensure that everything is really dry before the preparation, and to cover the jar with a cloth to filter some of the light. :idea:

      With the cleaning enzyme, I was waiting impatiently for a long time for the 3 months to be over but I’m relieved to know that I only have to wait for 2 weeks for the drink enzyme. Good! :D

      Do have a lovely, relaxing weekend!

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

    • 24

      Rudy said,

      Hello Jessica- how do we substitute brown candy here in the
      States, please? Thank you! Rudy

  9. 27

    kuanru said,

    Hi there, i’m using eco enzyme for cleaning too. My mum and other relatives are very active in making them. The smell isn’t that bad as i’ve imagined. I’ve made one with fruit skins, mainly oranges and apples, the smell was great! And the effect is much better than i’ve imagined. :D

    • 28

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear kuanru :D

      Wow, lucky you to have your mum and other relatives actively making the enzymes! :lol:

      Yes, the fruity ones smell good….I tried one batch of enzyme using a whole cabbage….yuck! Luckily, I added some limes and now the cabbage enzyme is 3 weeks old and doesn’t smell bad anymore. From now onwards, I am only going to make fruit enzymes. Oh, last week I made a batch of Drinking Enzyme, using Dragon Fruit…I hope to blog about it soon as currently, I am having a writer’s block! :oops: :lol:

      Good Night!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  10. 29

    [...] no longer use bleach, baking soda nor vinegar to clean my washine maching.  Instead, I now use a Homemade Eco Enzyme, which is environmental friendly, for a better cleaning job of my washing machine. Use the cold [...]

  11. 30

    Jessica said,

    Hi Choesf,

    Heard it on the radio the other day abt eco enzyme & its wonderful usage. It remindeded me that I had forgotten to share it with you.

    For washing fruits and vegetables

    Fruits & veg cleaner – wash the fruits & veg under running tap water. Then soak the them in the eco enzyme solution ( 1L water : 1 tablespoon eco enzyme ) for 30 – 45 min. Drip dry and they are
    ready for cooking / eating. By washing this way, it effectively removes more than 95% of the pesticides, insectides , chemical odours etc that are found on the veg.
    I have been washing my fruits & veg like this for months. Last week it even managed to revive my more than 2 weeks old veg, siew-park-choy, which had been left in the fridge and forgotten.

    Hey, i m looking forward to seeing your dragon fruit enzyme on the blog.

    Bye and have a nice weekend

    Jessica

    • 31

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Jessica :D

      Thank you so much for sharing more tips on how to use the eco-enzyme. Wow, the enzyme can also revive your 2-weeks old siew-park-choy? How fantastic!

      My dragon-fruit enzyme can harvested tomorrow and I will try to write about it asap. :wink:

      Yesterday, I learned to make another type of cleaning enzyme from a lady – she said to use just the water leftover from washing rice and brown sugar…keep for 1 week only and the enzyme can be used to wash dishes and for cleaning.

      Rice Water Enzyme Recipe :- 5 litres of Leftover Rice Water + 250 gm brown sugar (Mix well and keep for 1 week only before harvesting)

      I’m going to give this Rice Water Enzyme a try, too! :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  12. 32

    Jessica said,

    Hey Choesf,

    Thanks for sharing the rice water enzyme. It takes only 1 week to harvest, fantastic!! You know what, the normal eco enzyme is very good but the process takes 3 mth. It’s kind of a long wait, esp when you are running out of it.
    I m going to save my rice water starting tomorrow. Will let you know the outcome next week.
    Today I used the eco enzyme to clean my microwave oven. It was so quick & easy. It is our housewives’ ‘goodfriend’ :-)
    How is your dragon-fruit enzyme going? No hurry, just asking. I will wait patiently…..

    Bye, have a nice weekend

    Jessica

    • 33

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Happy weekend, dear Jessica! :D

      Yes, we sure do have a “goodfriend” now in the cleaning enzymes. :lol:

      Heheh, I started writing about my dragon fruit drinking and I only got as far as 2 paragraphs when I got a writer’s block. :oops: :lol: Hopefully, it will be posted here over the weekend. :oops: The taste is quite good, not as alcoholic or sour as I had expected…every morning, my husband and I had some to drink. My enzyme harvest filled up 2 wine bottles. I’m certainly glad you introduced me to drinking enzymes! :D

      You have a lovely weekend, too!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  13. 34

    [...] shared with me her recipe for making drinking enzymes at Comment # 14 at my cleaning enzyme post HERE [...]

  14. 35

    yen1908 said,

    Hi Choesf

    Happy Belated Birthday! Hope all your wishes come true and may you receive abundance in terms of wealth, health, joy and happiness! ):

    Finally, today I made 2 bottles of your Fruit Enzyme Cleaner and hope that it would turn out as well as yours (Oh! not aware that need to dry it before putting into the plastic containers!!).

    BTW, thanks for sharing all these lovely receipes!):

    best regards
    yen

    • 36

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear yen! :D

      Wow, it is so good to see you here, I was thinking about you today – indeed you have made me very happy with your birthday wishes! Thank you! :lol:

      I’m glad you are making the enzyme cleaner – don’t worry, no need to dry them first (the drying part is only for Drinking Enzymes, where there must be no water at all). :wink:

      May you and your family be blessed with abundance, happiness and good health! :D

      With love and hugs,

      choesf :D

  15. 37

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear friends :D

    You won’t believe what I had used the fruit enzyme for today…

    For soothing scalded skin

    When I was preparing dinner just now, I was pouring a pot of very hot water (almost boiling) into the sink when I accidentally scalded my right hand. Immediately the skin on top of my hand and fingers turned red and I was in pain.

    I didn’t want to apply my usual Chinese Medicated Oil as I had to cook but I really needed relief from the pain.

    As I was going to use the fruit enzyme to wash my watercress, I quickly poured some out directly onto my scalded hand and rub the enzyme gently in.

    Wow,15 minutes later, the pain was almost gone and even the redness on the skin disappeared. Now my hand looks as if it had never been scalded by hot water. No pain! I’m so relieved!

    I had figured if the enzyme is so good to be used even as a cleanser and toner for our skin, it should heal my skin from burns, too. :lol:

    If you have found out any further uses of the fruit enzyme, do post here so that we all learn together! :wink:

    Good Night!

    With best wishes,

    choesf :D

  16. 38

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Ants repellant/Natural Pesticide?

    Hi there, dear all :D

    I have been using the fruit enzyme for all my cleaning purposes for about 2 months now.

    I noticed that since I mopped my floors with the enzyme, i don’t see ants coming into my house anymore. How wonderful!

    I used to have to use my Lemon Grass Natural Pesticide which costs me RM18 or USD6 per bottle.

    So, this confirms that the fruit enzyme is effective as an ant repellent even when it is diluted.

    Do have a nice day!

    With best wishes,

    choesf :D

  17. 39

    yen1908 said,

    Hi choesf

    I noticed it too! The first few days I saw ants around the bottle but today there is no more ants. I am so surprised! But why har? Can’t wait to use it.

    with best regards
    yen

    • 40

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear yen :D

      The fruit enzyme would have started fermentation after a few days and the sugar becomes more acidic/sourish than sweet then – hence, the ants are only attracted to the bottle for the first few days, after that they won’t dare to come near it! :wink:

      Heheh, if you want to cheat a little like I did when I couldn’t wait for the whole 3 months to be up, you can do one of the following :-

      1) add a little bit of vinegar to hasten the fermentation process

      2) use the enzyme at 2 months’ maturity instead of 3 months – works as well, too! :idea:

      I know you will fall in love with the wonders of this enzyme cleaner. You remember last time how I mentioned that I had to scrub my floors occasionally to remove the grime build-up? These days, I don’t have to scrub my floors anymore – just mopping every few days with the enzyme is making my floors so white and clean these days. Saved me from a tiring and backbreaking job indeed! :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  18. 41

    Nic said,

    Hi Choesf! You could market this product on your site?!

    • 42

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Nic! :D

      Heheh, no need to market this product – it is almost free, anyone can make their own at home! :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  19. 43

    mark said,

    Hi, Greetings!

    I am three months into making fruits enzyme and slightly more than two months old in eco enzyme i.e. after picking up the tips from you. Based on different maturity periods, I had harvested many rounds of fruits enzyme but have yet to harvest any of my many bottles of eco enzyme.

    In the past two months, my family members and I noted some interesting changes in our home. For example:
    1. Our kitchen’s table top where we harvested our fruits enzyme and mixing our enzyme drinks looks so new and clean now as compared to the surrounding table top. Interestingly, we didn’t clean it but only wiping away some drips (enzyme) here and there.

    As plant fertiliser

    2. After harvesting, we used the residue as fertiliser on our Pamelo tree and flowering plants. Within three to four weeks and after taking a long three years break, the pamelo tree bears fruit again. The same for all other plants. If thing goes well this could be our biggest harvest of more than ten years. Seeing the effect the enzyme does to the pamelo tree and plants, my elderly mother believes and started drinking my fruit enzyme. Haha!

    Clean air-conditioner trunking – anti-fungal/anti mould

    3. I got this air-cond trunking that runs above my CPU (computer) in my study room. Due to the heat from the CPU, there were some condensation around the trunking and fungi formed there. I used to clean away the fungi with commercial detergent but it will turn mouldy again after a week or two. Out of curiosity, I took some pre-mature eco enzyme to wipe away the mould. The cleaning was easily done and best of all, the fungi have yet to return after more than three weeks.

    Ant Repellent

    4. We also noted that ants are gone. We don’t know whether they are dead or have left. Anyone got the answer? At the begining, the ants came when I spilled some newly made fruit enzyme but now they no longer come and I missed them (I need an answer).

    I have yet to try out some of your other recommendations such as cleaning of dishes, veggies, flooring etc. My questions, we used to see lather from detergent / soap in washing but enzyme doesn’t. Do you use eco enzyme on its own or you mix it with a detergent for washing? How about removal of oily applicances? Can the rinse remove all the smell from the eco enzyme?

    Thank you!

    Cheers!
    mark

    • 44

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Greetings, dear Mark! :D

      Wow, has it been 3 months already since we last discussed about the wonders of fruit enzymes? Time flies… :lol:

      I really appreciate you taking the time to share with us here your observations and experience in using both the drinking and cleaning enzymes. Heheh, now you understand how come I was so impressed with the wonderful cleaning and health properties of them? I’m glad you are also seeing lots of benefits in using the enzymes. Your family must be very pleased with your bountiful pomelo harvest this time! :wink:

      First, to answer your question on using the enzyme for cleaning – because I am so used to seeing suds/lather and the enzymes don’t have any, I would add a little dish detergent also when diluting the enzyme with water. I use this same mixture to clean everything – from dishes to bathrooms and kitchen appliances/stove/counter tops. The proportion of dish detergent and enzyme to water depends on your suitability – you have to experiment to get the right combination, okay? Here are some ways I use the enzyme –

      For mopping floors – 1 pail of water + 4 tablespoons of enzyme (after mopping, I would pour the water into my bamboo plants grown in the ground. Wow, the bamboo flourished a lot and looks so healthy now)

      For washing bathrooms, car porch – 1 litre water + 1/2 cup enzyme + 3 tablespoons of dish detergent (for best results, wet the areas with the mixture, wait for a few minutes, and then you only need a little bit of effort and the dirt will come off so easily. My daughter noticed the dirt separating from the walls even before she started scrubbing. The scum and mildew buildup in the bathroom come off very easily)

      For cleaning kitchen appliances (microwave oven, refrigerator) – 1 litre water + 3 tablespoon enzyme (there is no smell as the enzyme is very diluted already).

      For cleaning kitchen hobs/stove and oil spattered walls – 2 cups water + 1/2 cup enzyme (the oil comes out easy and the areas are squeaky clean. If it is too dirty and caked with oil, then use the enzyme in full concentration)

      After using the enzyme to mop my floors, the tiles now look brand new and so shiny – like new, but they are 5 years old already. That’s why your kitchen table top looks shiny because the enzyme cleaned all the dirt from it!

      This week, somehow I had some problems with tiny ants making trails into my home (there were none for a long time) and this time, the diluted enzyme didn’t repel them. Today, I had to use full concentration of enzyme and spray at all the entry points into my home – like window sills, doorways…pathways that ants would come in. So, it seems ants don’t like the enzyme.

      I also found another good use for the enzyme ===> to clear blockages in my air-condition piping to the outside and to clear clogged drains.

      1) for air-cond – one day, my air-cond was leaking and the technician said the pipe to the outside is blocked. After he cleared it, I gave him some diluted enzyme to pour into the pipe to clean it properly. Apparently the enzyme will eat into any algae or jelly-like buildup in the pipe. It must work because I notice outside my air-cond condenser, there was a clear, clean line in the middle of the algae patch that was due to water from the air cond. The enzyme has cut a path to the black algar! Wow! :shock:

      2) I have a double sink in my kitchen. In one sink, I have an electric garbage disposer (garburettor) where I disposed of leftover foods through grinding and flushing down the kitchen drain. Last month, I notice after I flush the garbage disposer with lots of water, the water would back up and come out in the other sink. :roll:

      After using the enzyme to wash my dishes/pots and after pouring some concentrated enzyme in the sinks’ holes overnight, I notice nowadays I don’t have the back-up water problem anymore…a sign that my sinks’ outlet pipes are clearing up.

      Oh, the enzyme is also a very good odour eater – my dog sometimes marked some areas with his pee and these days, I don’t have to mop up those areas….I just spray lots of diluted enzyme (equal parts) onto the little pee spots, and use paper kitchen towels to wipe. Repeat and the smell is gone!

      So, that’s my latest experience with the cleaning enzyme. :lol:

      Thank you!

      Cheers!

      choesf :D

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    mark said,

    Hi Choesf,

    Many thanks on your sharings, they are very useful.

    On your observation that the enzyme solution could cut a path into the old algae formation after leaving the aircond’s outlet pipe is truly a new development. Actually, I did an experiment on that same day when I wiped off the fungi on my air-cond trunking. I also sprayed some (pre-matured) diluted enzyme solution on the air-cond fan coils and carried out my own cleaning. I was surprised that the air flow from all the fan coils were very good after the cleaning. There was only one set-back, my son’s room smelled like a rubblish dump when his aircond was on. I knew I had activated the bacteria in the fan coil with the enzyme. The problem was solved when I sprayed some Lysol into the fan coil. Interestingly, the other two fan coils have no such problem. Anyway, I have delayed the servicing of my aircond system for another six weeks. On 17 Sep, my aircon technician will service my aircon system. I will do the same as you by pouring some enzyme into the outlet pipes to clear the any chokage.

    I will keep one another posted on the development. Once again thanks for your sharings.

    Cheers!
    mark

    • 46

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good morning, dear Mark :D

      That was very useful details on what the enzyme can do for our air-condition maintenance. Thank you for sharing your experience here. :wink:

      Another of my air-cond was leaking over the weekend, and it was serviced by the technician. I told him what you said about the enzyme able to cut back the bacteria growing and he said he will use the enzyme to clean the air-cond at a customer of his – this customer runs an Internet Cafe and the air-conds there need to be serviced every 3 weeks due to long usage and buildup of whitish fungus or bacteria or mildew in the air-cond. This same air-cond technician was the one that told me how his wife considers the enzyme as SK-III in washing her face! She just use a little bit of enzyme, mix it into her regular facial cleanser and her complexion is now so good and beautiful.

      I have 2 more great experiences to share here but I will write one first for now because I have to go out soon. I’m sure you will be fascinated and happy to hear this one. :lol:

      WASHING CARS

      Usually, we send our cars to the carwash but over the weekend, I was really curious about how effectively the enzyme will work in cleaning my car that was then caked with grime and dirt because of the rainy season we are having now.

      Here is the verdict ===> my car looks so shiny and clean – almost like new, even the hubcaps and windows are shiny!

      I just wet my car and then one 1 cup of cleaning enzyme with 2 cups of water. I wet a rag with that cleaning solution and just wipe gently over the whole car. No need to scrub hard. Just pay more attention to the windscreen and side mirrors.

      A confirmation test on how the enzyme cuts through easily the grime and grease – at the hubcaps, I just rubbed my finger once and the grime came out so easily and effortlessly!

      You know how sometimes after our car comes back from a carwash, the windscreen is irritatingly oily and we can’t see clearly through it when it rains? Well, after the enzyme clean, my windscreen is so clear and there is no streaky, oily marks at all when I use my wipers yesterday in the rain! Wow! :D

      Anyone reading this got to try cleaning your car with the enzyme to see for yourself how good it is. You will definitely save a lot of money in car wash and car polishing costs! My 7 year-old MPV now looks almost like brand new. :wink:

      I will report my findings on using the enzyme to clean my washing machine beautifully next time. I have written about how to clean a front loading washing maching earlier HERE, but all that has changed now that I am using the eco or green enzyme. :wink:

      Happy Cleaning!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

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    mark said,

    Hi Choesf,

    Good info, thanks.

    On the aircon, I can’t be sure at this moment whether the enzyme could cut back bacteria growth (cos of my sons’ aircon) but I’m very certain that enzyme could penetrate well to remove grime and grease very quickly. I saw with my own eyes that grimes were lifted from the fins of my fan coils when I sprayed diluted enzyme on them. Truly magical. These days, aircon manufacturers are trying to build the slimest fan coil. For a slim look, they bend the former “I” shape fan coil into two to form an inverted “V” shape or a “A”. Using the conventional cleaning method i.e. pressure jetting and vacuuming, our technicians are having problem reaching the rear coil to clean it and worst at the apex of the coil. Unless they strip the fan coil and take it down to wash, which I am doing once a year, there is no way to do a thorough cleaning. When airflow is obstructed by grimes, the coil will condensate. This could be the reason why your aircon was leaking. So, we should remember to give our technician our “secret weapon” the next servicing. Haha!!

    On car wash, I can’t remember when was the last time I washed my 4 yrs old MPV myself. I send it for washing only once a week, if rain, washing will be extended. I am sure you can now visualise the state of my car. I even got fungi (black dots) on the rubber strips at the roof that the pros couldn’t remove. My windscreen is nothing better than your car in the earlier state. Now, I can’t wait to work on it. I will keep one and all posted on my findings.

    Thanks again.

    Cheers!
    mark

    • 48

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good evening, dear Mark :D

      Thank you for the explaining how the air-cond coils work and how the leaking problems arose. The air-cond that leaked over the weekend was due to dirt buildup whereas the one that leaked last month even though it was just serviced was due to the “jelly like” blockage in the outlet pipe. So, now we know how to address these 2 problems using enzymes, yes? :wink: :lol:

      Tomorrow, I will spray some diluted enzyme onto the other 2 air-conds in my children’s rooms…they were just serviced a few months ago. I’m glad to learn of this cleaning tip from you.

      Good Luck with your car cleaning “test” with the enzyme. We usually don’t wash my family’s cars and we have no maid to do that for us…but now cleaning them is such a breeze with the enzyme, chances are we will be taking over the cleaning ourselves. :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

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    mark said,

    Hi Choesf,

    With my son, we washed our car at 8 pm last evening. After dusting the car, we wetted the surface with a big sponge in a diluted enzyme solution (40ml : 4000ml of water) to soften the stubborn grimes. Thereafter, we started cleaning the car with damped cloth in enzyme solution of 40ml to 1000ml of water. I agreed with you that the cleaning was such a breeze. No lather but it was very smooth, hence little effort is needed. After drying the car body, we combined both solution into a pail to wash the wheels. The dirts on the rims were easily removed and the metallic surfaces were very shiny. My car got back much of it’s lost shine and look new again. I observed one interesting fact, i.e. both of my pails were very clean after the washing. In the past, all my commercial car washing lotions usually leave behind black oil grimes, at water level, all around the pail. Also, we noted the cleaning cloth and sponge are cleaner after the wash as compared to the commercial car wash lotion. For the rest of you, you have to try out to believe.

    Talking about the SKIII, here is the joke. Out of curiosity, my wife and I tested some enzyme on ourselves about a week ago. At that time, we don’t have much information from you yet, using our common sense, we applied concentrated fruits enzyme after washing our face. Wow, not bad! It’s more like a toner to us. We were thinking then that our faces deserved the “Fruits” and not the “Eco”. Anyway, we didn’t continue after two nights, for fear of blackheads. We have a good laugh, when learnt that SKIII is a cleanser and use together with another facial cleanser. Now, I got a new problem. My wife felt that her face deserves fruit enzyme and not eco enzyme. This is because she noted that I didn’t wash the skin of the fruits properly when making eco enzyme. I told her that my Guru is specialising in eco enzyme and not fruit enzyme, so, it is likely that she talking about using eco and not fruit enzyme. I don’t really understand my wife here. She can put all kind of mud from unknown source around the world on her face and yet she can’t stand just some mud from my pineapple skin. : P . Can you advise?

    You have a good day ahead!

    Cheers!
    mark

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good evening, dear Mark :D

      Heheh, it seems like our cars had gone through a great transformation with the enzyme wash….like you said, they got back their shine! Good! I’m glad you and your son confirmed that the enzyme works great in cleaning and shining cars! We sure save some bucks there in polishing costs. :lol:

      Yes, now that you mentioned it, I used to hate it that at the end of cleaning the car, I had to clean the pail and wash cloth of oily grime. With the enzyme, the pail and cloth gets cleaned together. I forgot to mention earlier that after I mopped the floors with the enzyme, the mop is no longer “black” from the dirty water…but in fact, the mop gets cleaned also with the enzymed water.

      I was laughing when I read what you and your wife did with the enzyme….guess what? I was also using it in full concentration and as a toner before I asked my air-cond technician recently how exactly his wife uses the enzyme cleaner aka SKIII. :oops: :lol:

      I guess men just will not understand women – if we can use mud on our faces, how come we can’t use some eco enzyme? :roll: :lol: Anyway, I guess it is just psychological, the word “eco” being applied to enzymes makes it a little bit yucky to be put on the face…a citrus enzyme sounds better. But eco enzyme is better than calling it garbage enzyme, right? :lol:

      In my first batch of eco enzyme, because I knew I was going to try some of it on my face, I had purposely used clean lemon and orange peels to make it. But these days, I always clean my fruit peels first to prevent possible pesticide contamination and other bacteria. I used enzymes to wash my fruits first.

      Regarding the leftover pulp from making the drinking enzyme, you mentioned you used them with great success on your pomelo plants – may I know how much pulp you put as fertiliser? I have a lot of enzyme pulp left now (a pail full) but I don’t have many plants and I am wondering how much I can use on each plant (my plants are potted, except for 2 tall palm tress and a group of bamboos) without overdoing it. Thought to learn from your experience since your pomelo harvest looks fantastic. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

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    mark said,

    Hi Choesf,

    Good, we can now confirmed that enzyme is a great cleaner and more important it is environmental friendly. I told my domestic helper to use some enzyme along with commercial cleaner for mopping but have not check with her on the result. I will share my observation later. Before I move on to share my 2-cents on enzyme as fertiliser, I would like to share what I am doing lately at my work place.

    Briefly, I run a hotel with 200+ guest rooms in Singapore. My restaurant serves food from morning till mid-night. We generate so much grease and oil in our cooking and washing that new wastes pipes of 4 inch diameter will be full choked in less three years. We simply cannot remove those cheese-like residue that accumulate in our pipes despite spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year in commercial Bio-enzyme and replacement of pipelines. I managed to convince my Master Chef and together we made our first commercial eco enzyme, 20 litres (kgs) of it, yesterday. We have plenty of pineapple and other fruits peel from our kitchen that we could make 20 kgs in every other day. Upon maturity, we hope to use it to do our daily washing of the kitchen floor. Hopefully with the daily dosage of enzyme into the pipelines, the blockage can be delay or avoided. Do you have any master stroke on this topic to share? : )

    Sorry! I need to rush off to attend a meeting now. I will continue the disscussion on enzyme as fertiliser on another day. Bye!

    Cheers!
    mark

    • 52

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Mark :D

      Wow, you will be using the eco enzyme on a commercial scale. That sounds like a big job cleaning the restaurant kitchen but I am very sure the enzyme will work well. :wink:

      Did you read in this post (or the other one with the recipe enzyme) that visitor, Jon Q, gave some wonderful tips to shorten the maturity date of the enzyme?

      He said to either use the sludge that collects at the bottom of our ready-to-use enzyme and mix that into the newly prepared enzyme and it will be ready to use in 2 weeks. For beginners in making enzyme, just put in some yeast and that will hasten the maturity period of the enzyme…also, ready for use in 2 weeks. I tried both methods and found that the one with the enzyme sludge works faster…I will take a photo and post here. :wink:

      Back to cleaning restaurant kitchens, I am actually using a rice water enzyme to clean my kitchen hob, splatter wall tiles, and oily pots effective – the rice water enzyme somehow cuts grease more effectively than the fruit enzyme. It is however more abrasive on my hands. But the fruit enzyme will work in cutting the grease in the pipings or grease traps, too, I’m sure.

      Cleaning Kitchen Sink Piping/Removing odours from in-sink garbage disposer

      I have used both fruit and rice water enzyme in my sinks for the past few weeks. When I remember to do so, at night when all the washing in my kitchen is done, I will pour about 1/2 cup of undiluted enzyme into the sinks and leave it until the next day. To “service” my kitchen pipes, I will stopper the sinks, fill them with water, remove the stopper to start the water flowing and then, I use a plunger to move the water in and out of the sink – in a way, like “flushing” the piping. I found that my sinks now clear water more effectively.

      Best news is my in-sink garburetor ( electric garbage disposer) no longer smell anymore.

      My air-cond technician told me some people have used the eco enzyme to remove the bad smells in clogged drains outside their restaurants…but he didn’t say how much of enzyme was used and in what dilution. But that’s another idea where the enzyme works…. :idea:

      In our local newspaper today, there is was an article (READ HERE) that has some mention of garbage enzyme. The topic was on using Effective Micro-organisms (EMs) to clean rivers and it was claimed that the garbage enzyme is the home version of EMs.

      So, perhaps we now have some clue as to what factor in the homemade eco enzymes that is so effective cleaning and removing smells.

      I have a friend who is a Bio-chemist and she will be back from overseas next month. I shall ask her for her expertise on what our eco enzymes contain and how they work, and I will share the information here.

      Do have a lovely day!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

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    mark said,

    Hi Choesf

    Many thanks. So, you kept the best info for me. I’m very pleased that I have remembered to ask you the question. Good tips, I also believe that different bacteria from different food source will produce different type of enzyme and also different smell (some are offensive and some nice). It is a good idea to introduce the strain from the enzyme sludge to speed up the action. You are right, with the new food chain, I trust the bacteria will multiple quickly again and we would speed up the maturity date. Using strain, I think more importantly we are assured of the quality. I said this because not all my eco enzyme smell the same at home but lucky none is offensive. Actually, I have been wanting to solve my restaurant problem much earlier using eco enyzme but held back due to fear of any adverse result such as food poisoning or odour. I can’t wait to hear from your Bio-chemist friend on her views on enzymes.

    You mentioned rice water enzyme, I have seen many reports and sharings on this topic. I still can’t understand as to why rice water could produce enzyme in such a short time as compared to others? Can you share with me your formula and procedures on making rice enzyme? Have you ever try replacing the water in your eco (fruit) enzyme with rice water? I meant rice water + brown sugar + fruits peel. Do you think it will work?

    I have been avoiding your question on enzyme pulp as fertiliser. I felt that I have no authority to speak on this topic and worst, nothing much to share. Having only six weeks experience and with just one pure luck, I got a bounty of fruits and flowers after using the pulp on my plants. This is my story, after extracting my fruit enzyme, I soaked the pulp with water for a few hours, then follow by a second extraction which I used it as a base to mix my enzyme drinks. After the extraction, the pulp is again soaked in water. I then dug up the soil around the plants to bury the pulp. I noticed the soil of all my plants are now very loose even after many waterings. As for your excess pulp, I suggest you mix them in good top-soil and keep them in a heap next to your bamboo or the palms as stock pile. At this rate, I am sure you will run out of stock pile area very soon. If you have the time, it is good to dig up the soil and bury the pulp. Leaving the pulp expose will attract small fruit flies but again like ants, it’s only there for two days.

    You have a good day ahead.

    Cheers!
    mark

  25. 54

    mark said,

    Hi Choesf,

    Greetings!

    I have some questions for you, please help me. What are the ingredients needed for the preparation of rice water enzyme? Cooked rice water similar to Teochew porridge or rice water from washing of uncook rice? Rice water enzyme appears more suitable for my greasy kitchen than eco (fruit) enzymes. I am thinking of alternating the use of the two enzymes i.e. rice and fruits for better efficiency. Your view on this is much appreciated. Thanks.

    Cheers!
    mark

  26. 55

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Good evening, dear Mark :D

    Sorry for the delayed reply – I was busy preparing and then cooking my Hari Raya Feast for tomorrow’s brunch. :oops:

    To answer your queries on the Rice Water Enzyme, you can now READ HERE for my latest post on it.

    Hmmm….you have a good suggestion there – to use rice water instead just plain tap water to make our Fruit Enzyme. Wow! I believe that will lead to a Super Cleaning Enzyme! :lol: But seriously, I got to try that and see, just out of curiousity and I shall use that for heavy duty jobs. Better wear gloves for that, too! I think that will be good for cleaning your restaurant kitchen. :wink:

    Thank you for sharing your experience in how to make use of the Drinking Enzyme pulp as fertilizer…I wanted to know other methods of doing that.

    I will write the next time on how the Fruit Enzyme is doing wonders in cleaning my laundry and keeping my washing machine mildew and odour free.

    Do have a relaxing weekend!

    With best wishes,

    choesf :D

  27. 56

    mark said,

    Hi Choesf

    Thanks for finding time to reply my mail.

    Yup, I saw your posting on rice water enzyme. Hmmm… very interesting. I will definitely give a try on both domestic and commercial level. Just hope that I will remember to add enough lemon grass and lemon peels to mask the smell.

    Hope to see your next posting soon.

    May you have a great weekend, feasting and hosting your guests.

    Cheers!
    mark

    • 57

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      You are most welcome, dear Mark :wink:

      Yesterday, I had just poured some (1/2 cup) Rice Water Enzyme into my kitchen sinks’ outlet pipes when it occurred to me that it is better to dilute about 2 cups of any cleaning enzyme with 2 litres of water and pout that into the sinks – this is to ensure that the whole stretch of the pipes are covered for the enzyme to do its work at night. :idea:

      Otherwise, just that 1/2 cup of concentrated enzyme will not reach far down the sink outlets. :roll:

      Heheh, my Hari Raya Festival brunch today was for my family of 6 only. As it is only around this time of the year that we can get ketupat casings (coconut weavings) that I am able to cook a whole traditional Malay Festival meal for my family and we will eat this over the whole weekend! :lol:

      May you have a relaxing weekend with your family!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  28. 58

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear friends :D

    Here is another benefit for this enzyme :-

    Make-up Remover & Facial Cleanser

    Last night, I had a wedding dinner to attend and when I got home, I thought of testing out the enzyme as a make-up remover. I just combined 1 tablespoon of enzyme with the usual amount of my foaming facial cleanser in my palm and rubbed it gently all over my face (which I had wet with some water).

    Verdict – wow, again the enzyme has impressed me. My eye make up, eye liner, foundation and all make-up was effectively removed. After I have finished washing my face, I used a piece of tissue to check for any make-up left, there was none.

    Heheh, now I also get to save on not having to buy make up remover anymore. :wink:

  29. 59

    Guet said,

    Hi Choesf,
    Thank you for the interesting and helpful post. After reading your blog a few months back, I went to make a batch of enzyme using papaya peels, and I had used it to mop my floor and clean my mirrors. I am really impressed by it.

    When the enzyme was matured after 3 months of fermentation, it smelled very sour. But the fermentation seemed to continued even after it had been strained off, and now after about a month it doesn’t smell that sour any more and it also seems to have lost its effectiveness.

    How do you store the enzyme? Or do I have to finish using it within a limited time?

    Thanks a lot.

    Guet

    • 60

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Guet :D

      Thank you for sharing your experience with the cleaning enzyme here. That is very interesting – my enzymes are usually all finished quickly as and when they are ready for use upon maturation, so I didn’t notice if their effectiveness was reduced later. However, I have about 300ml of 4- 5 months old apple enzyme, which I kept in the bathroom for cleansing my face. I will use some of that to clean some things and see how it works and I will give you some feedback on it. :wink:

      I just store the mature enzyme after straining in empty plastic bottles and I kept them at many places for use – wash cars, do laundry, mop floors, wash bathrooms, etc.. :lol:

      I’m not sure if we have to use the enzyme after a certain time…but I will look into that.

      Do have a lovely weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 61

        Guet said,

        Thanks for your prompt reply.

        Does your strained enzyme have a white mould-like layer on top after a few days? That gave me the impression that fermentation was still going on.

        In fact, one lot had black mould growing and I threw it off.

        I may try to make smaller batches and use up as soon as possible to avoid this problem.

        Best wishes.

        Guet.

      • 62

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        You are most welcome, dear Guet! :D

        Thus far, I have made about 20 litres of cleaning enzyme using a variety of fruits – mainly lemons, oranges, dragon fruits, and pineapples. There was once when I had a whole cabbage and ladies’ fingers that I didn’t cooked and instead of throwing them away, I made a large batch of cleaning enzyme with them – this, I noticed that there is a whitish layer at the top always….so, I was guessing that vegetables somehow caused this effect.

        Thus far, my enzymes did not have any black mould as that is a sign of bacteria (not sure what bacteria) growing.

        I used my vegetable-based enzymes to clear sink outlets and as fertiliser. :wink:

        These days, I am regularly making drinking enzymes and I will use the fruit peels to make my cleaning enzymes at the same time – no wastage there. Because the fruits have to be cleaned properly before being used, my cleaning enzymes are not contaminated…thus, safe to use as a facial cleanser, too! :lol:

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  30. 63

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear friends :D

    READ HERE for my post on how to use enzymes to do a fantastic job of cleanining your front-loading washing machines and giving your laundry a fresh, clean smell.

    For those who air-dry their laundry in their apartment’s airwell, the enzyme will help to prevent a mildewy smell to your laundry, especially for those rainy days and the laundry takes longer to dry. :idea:

    With best wishes,

    choesf :D

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    mark said,

    Hi Choesf

    Greetings!

    Nice to read both Guet and your postings after my short oversea break. Fyi, my home-brews never have mould but not my commercial-brews. So far, all four 20 litres drums have a thin powderly coat on the surface. I believed that it has something to do with the storage (containers). I brewed all my home-brews in the 2 litre, air-tight bottles but not the commercial-brews which are all in non air-tight (salted veggie) containers. I conclude that with more air, the fermentation process is hastened and hence mould is formed. Anyway, I don’t see a problem about white mould.

    I am three months into eco enzyme. Let me share some of my successes and failures, of course comes with disappointments.

    On failures, I shared earlier, post no. 33, that my pamelo tree bore fruits after pulps from my fruit enzyme were used as fertiliser. On seeing the fantastic result, I continued to introduce more pulps on to the soil. For obvious reason, all the fruits dropped off : ( . So, a lesson learnt – don’t over dose your plants.

    Next, my mom complained that her non-stick frying pan had changed it’s character to “stick-all” after been washed with my eco enzyme. She had to re-introduce oil on the pan to make it works again (she said that her pan is not so good as before). Well, I have no answer to this yet but believe it may be true.

    On successes, I discovered something more than just SK III in the eco enzyme. Thought of keeping it a secret at first but decided to share my findings. About two weeks ago, I started using a few drops of eco enzyme along with my facial wash but extended the washing down to my neck and chest. Surprisingly, all the tiny warts (brown in colour) on neck disappeared after a week of washing. Fyi, I spent more than S$1,500 about two years ago to go under the laser knife to remove them. As you people are so generous in your sharing, I could not keep this finding a secret and commercial it. I sincerely hope that my sharing could help other people.

    I have another happy problem. My friends are after me for my eco enzyme to wash their cars and other usage. Haha!

    Cheers!
    mark

    • 65

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      It’s good to see you back, dear Mark :D

      Wow, your findings were surely fascinating -the benefits of eco enzymes never cease to amaze me. Thank you for sharing your invaluable experiences.

      I am very sorry to to hear about your pomelo fruits and your mom’s non-stick pan…now, that will warm us to be careful when using the enzymes to clean. I, too, used the eco enzyme to clean my non-stick pan but I seldom use that pan and so, I didn’t get to notice the difference after using the enzme.

      I also have a negative experience to share here. Seeing as how the enzyme is good for our hair, I decided to use it as a conditioner for my Shih Tzu dog. Oh no! He developed a skin reaction and I had to take him to the vet! :oops:

      Now, the success of removing the brown spots on your chest, that is really amazing. I must get my husband to try using the enzymes for that, too. He just told me that since he started drinking the enzymes, his tiny warts have reduced a lot. Later, I will post more benefits that we experienced of the drinking enzymes. :wink:

      I also used the enzyme to wash my face and neck areas…I noticed that the neck chain and crystal pendant that I am wearing are really shiny and glittering now. So, I conclude that the eco enzyme is an effective jewelley cleaner, too. :idea:

      Yesteday, we got a new Beagle puppy and I used the eco enzyme (concentrated) to clean up his “messes” – very effective in removing odours and in cleaning up. Best is, the enzyme is puppy-safe and not a harmful chemical.

      These days, I am using so much eco enzyme in my cleaning that I have a tough time catching up with making new ones. So, I would just pour all the sludge in the mature enzymes to make new ones to hasten their maturation. Heheh, last week, I made a large bucket-full of “dragon fruit and lemon peel” enzyme. :lol:

      I just bought a book written by a doctor on the goodness of taking enzymes for health, and I will post more on the benefits at the Drinking Enzyme post.

      So, with the eco and drinking enzyme, we will save lots of $$$ for sure. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  32. 66

    mark said,

    Hi Choesf

    My earlier post (53) dated 5 Oct 09 was inserted before your post of 26 Sep 09 (54). Hmmm… interesting.

    Cheers!
    mark

    • 67

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Mark :D

      For some reason, the order of the post comments here is not correct. :roll: :lol:

      Cheers!

      choesf :D

  33. 68

    mark said,

    Hi Cheosf

    Thanks for your sharing and good that we could locate one another within all the postings.

    My 2-cents, enzyme appears to work very well on warts which are caused by viruses that remain within the skin. Another point, I don’t think enzyme could aid in the removal of moles and freckles. I was told that it could bleach and turn freckles lighter over time. If this is true, it will be a good news to all especially the ladies. On your Shih Tzu dog, I think the washing procedure has gone wrong. Either the mix was too concentrated or you didn’t wash your dog properly thereafter. If enzyme is fine on you ladies, I don’t see why a dog could not take it?

    Just some thought.

    Cheers!
    mark

    • 69

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      You are most welcome, dear Mark :D

      Heheh, I probably use too much enzyme on my dog in my over-enthusiasm but I dare not try any more on him. :oops:

      My friend will be very interested to know that the enzyme can lighten freckles. She has them all over her face and she has to use expensive products to lighten her face. :wink:

      For removing odours and clean up pets’ area/cages

      Another good use of the enzyme is to remove odour and “messes” made in the puppy pen…very effective and easy to clean up after my puppy. A few years ago, when I just had my Shih Tzu, I was using Lysol sprays, floor wash, etc…..chemicals that are unhealthy and didn’t remove the puppy odours completely. I’m running out of enzyme soon! :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  34. 70

    Vien said,

    Hi there! I changed upon your blog from googling on “cleaning washing machine” and have been avidly reading your posts on eco-enzyme cleaners for the past few days. All the comments from other readers are indeed priceless info. I will be starting my first batch today with orange peels. Wish me luck! ;)

    • 71

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Vien :D

      Good Luck with your new enzyme! I’m sure you will enjoy trying it out as I had (and still am)! :lol:

      Happy Cleaning!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      P.S. Btw, is your avatar a picture of your daughter? She is sooooo cute that I want to hug her! :D

  35. 72

    LEE said,

    Recently I made some organic fruit juice and it remains a lot of residues. So I made a few bottles of eco enzyme from these residues and found that a lot of bubble and it always floating on top. I used to made eco enzyme from non-organic fruit skin, but never have so many bubbles. I wonder if this enzyme will be more effective than those made with non-organic fruit.

    Anyone have any idea?

    • 73

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Lee :D

      Regarding bubbles found during fermentation – I had used both organic and normal fruits to make my enzymes, but I didn’t notice if there were any differences between them. :oops:

      But I noticed that my normal (not organic) fruit enzymes also have a lot of bubbling, especially during the first week or so.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 74

        Asdf said,

        It happens to my digestive enzymes too. But I think perhaps the bubbling indicates the start of fermentation.

      • 75

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hello there and welcome, dear Asdf :D

        Yes, you are right – the bubbling is an indication of fermentation. May I know what are “digestive enzymes?”

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  36. 76

    mark said,

    Hi Cheosf

    Thanks for your sharing and I hope your Shih Tzu is doing well now.

    For your info, a friend told me sometime ago that a bit of enzyme added to water indeed able to keep his dog clean and free from parasites. I have no experience on this but do believe it should work.

    To lighten freckles on face and remove tiny warts on neck

    Back to faces, both my wife and I got some freckles on our face and all are around our cheeks (we enjoyed outdoor activities and also fishing). Taking the advice, we used enzyme along with facial cleaner that contained polishing beads on our freckles. We are happy with the results so far, as our freckles are fading away. As for me, the small warts on my necks are gone. I will give the verdict on the freckles in a few weeks time. Just for your information, the cloth that I used to wash my car has faded, from dark blue to light blue after three washings only. So, enzyme should works well on freckles but it may also damage our laundries if too much is added.

    Cheers! : )
    mark

    • 77

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Thank you, dear Mark, for your friend’s advice on using enzymes for dogs – I really appreciate that. Would you know how much enzyme he used in proportion to the water and did he use the enzyme as a conditioner, followed by a rinse? I had also wanted to use the enzyme to keep my dog free from ticks and fleas, and to have his fur soft. Heheh, maybe I will try it on my Beagle, since he has short hair. :lol:

      I just told my friend about what you said for freckles and she is so happy. She is the type that has a face full of freckles and if she goes into the sun, her freckles will turn very dark…to her worry. I just gave her a bottle of enzyme today.

      Thus far, my laundry didn’t fade in colour and I used about 1/4 cup together with the laundry detergent for a wash temperature of 37 degrees Celcius. Also, the old T-shirt that I used to wash our cars with didn’t fade (but it was already a pastel yellow colour) and sometimes, I even used concentrated enzyme with the rag to clean some stubborn dirt…so far, it is okay. Perhaps, it could be the type of dye used to colour that T-shirt? I’m only guessing… :oops:

      I was going to comment that my whites (laundry) are getting whiter and the coloured clothings are brighter in colours after I used enzymes to clean them. Also, comforters and bedsheets are much softer these days.

      Cheers!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  37. 78

    mark said,

    To keep dogs clean and parasites free

    Hi Cheosf

    Greetings!

    My friend said that he uses very little enzyme to keep his dog clean and parasites free. He said one soup spoonful to every 5 litres of water i.e. 1:200 in ratio. He added that he didn’t do away with the shampoo and conditioner but could use lesser chemicals on his dog when enzyme is added.

    On freckles, please tell your friend that using a cotton pad is more effective when treating the freckles with facial cleaner and enzyme.

    On the effect of enzyme on laundry, I was surprised by your sharing. I will try out again with a new 3M Microfiber cleaning cloth to see whether it will fade. Will keep one and all posted on this. Anyway, I hope I am wrong.

    To clean restaurant and kitchen

    I was sharing with you that my Chef and I made four drums (20 litres each) of commercial Eco Enzyme. As advised, we introduced some fermented stains to the mix. Interestingly, the whole frementation process was cut short to just three weeks. My colleagues are now using it to clean everything in the restaurant and also the kitchen. We are very pleased with the result and are hopeful the chokage of the pipeline is a thing of the past. I would like to thank you once again for the guidance.

    Cheers!
    mark

    • 79

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Mark :D

      Thank you for taking the time to find out how much enzyme to use on my dog. Ah, now it is confirmed that I had definitely used too much enzyme on him. I put in about 1/4 cup of enzyme to 1 litre of water! :oops: :oops: :roll:

      Good tip you have there on using a piece of cotton pad soaked with facial enzyme and cleanser to treat the freckles…I will be sure to tell my friend and I’m sure many visitors here will value that piece of information. :idea:

      My husband has just started using the enzyme to treat his tiny body warts and brown patches…he stills complain about the awful enzyme smell! :roll:

      I am also curious as to the results of your 2nd test of the enzyme on your new car wash cloth…to be cautious, I think I should put a disclaimer here that people should use the enzyme when doing laundry at their own risk of colour fade. Hope the enzyme doesn’t fade the colour of the car gradually. :shock:

      I’m very happy to hear that your restaurant and kitchens are seeing good cleaning results with the enzyme. Good! I’m sure the kitchen sinks’ outlet pipes will not build up grease as fast these days.

      I think we have pretty much cover in our discussion all the areas that the enzyme can be used for. Hopefully more ideas will crop up from us or any of the visitors here. All tips are welcome here! :D

      Good Night!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      P.S. My cousin told me she heard the cleaning enzymes are very good at repelling cockroaches and lizards. I can’t test this theory out because before they come into my house, any of my 3 cats would have caught them already! :lol:

  38. 80

    yen1908 said,

    For mopping floors

    Hi choesf

    Just cannot wait for the Fruit Enzymes Cleaner to mature in 5 weeks’ time, i used one tablespoon with my wash for mopping the kitchen floor. Every night I mop my kitchen floor before I sleep so dont expect any much difference with this additional one tablespoon of enzyme.

    Wow, it was so amazing after 3 mops, the water became black! i just could not believe my eyes, upon checking i realised that the gaps between the tiles and the tiles itself became much lighter in colour.

    So with this frenzy, kitchen tops, stove, walls, whole house floors have been mopped and felt so clean and sparkling again! Oh, i am so tired now need to rest my aching body.

    Thank you for sharing this info.

    take care
    yen

    PS will be making the dragon fruits and pineapples enzymes soon.

    • 81

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear yen1908! :D

      Heheh, you had also caught the cleaning bug like me when I first found out with amazement the cleaning powers of this enzyme! :lol: I so understand how you feel right now…exhausted from your cleaning but very satisfied from a well done cleaning, yes?

      When I first used the enzyme, I mopped my floors everyday just to see how good a job it can do. I was surprised how come the water became even dirtier on the third day. It seemed the enzyme had even loosened the old dirt and grime on the floor tiles and gaps/grouting that even more dirt is removed a few days later. Nowadays, my floor tiles and grouting/gaps look like brand new, when we just moved into this house. I don’t even have to mop the floor every day presently and only do it when necessarily. Yet the floors remain clean and shiny! :D

      Happy Cleaning!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  39. 82

    mubin said,

    haello i’m mubin from indonesian, i’m just interest with ur review,, and i want to ask many more about eco-enzym,, i need your help for my research in my collect,,
    please reply,,

    best reggard

    • 83

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear mubin from Indonesia :D

      I’ll be happy to answer your questions here …. so, just list them here and I’ll try my best! :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  40. 84

    SK said,

    To remove dead skin on elbows (lighten the dark, thick skin there)

    Hi, Just to share with you what I did with my concentrated fruit enzyme. Like you I tried to use it on my elbow for dead skin caused by rashes due to some allergy. After 2 days, the dead skin came off when i scratch it. However, I recommended it to my brother in law on the useage and he did not have the same success. So the conclusion is that it might depends on individual. BTW, the fruit enzyme was made from papaya, pineapple & lemon.

    • 85

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear SK :D

      Thank you for sharing your experiences with the cleaning enzyme. Heheh, I never noticed closely whether the dead skin on my elbows came out or not :oops:, that was really good observation on your part. :wink:

      Yes, I agree with you that sometimes, it may depend on the individual as to how effective the enzyme is. Just now, I was just telling 3 of my children that their facial complexion now look so rosy and glowing (they have been drinking the enzyme for 3 weeks) and my sons’ acne are disappearing. So, I would conclude that drinking fruit enzyme will definitely make one’s complexion and skin tone healthier, radiant and glowing! :D

      A friend told me that she was too lazy to collect fruit peels and she just bought one whole pineapple for only RM1-80 or USD 50 cents and made a large bucket of cleaning enzyme. Simple and easy! :idea:

      Do have a lovely week!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  41. 86

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear friends :D

    It’s been a while since we last traded our feedback on the uses of the enzyme here…well, I have 2 more to add :-

    For lightening under-arms area

    I have some dark pigmentation in my underarms but I don’t believe in using “whitening” deodorants out of fear that they may contain harmful mercury. So I tried using a little of the enzyme in full concentration during a shower and then rinsing it off thoroughly. I only do this once every few days because I am being cautious as the underarm area is a tender area and there may be an allergic reaction. So far so good, it’s been 2 weeks now since I started doing this and my underarm areas are slowly getting “whiter” :idea:

    To remove odours from in-sink erator or sink’s garbage disposal

    Previously, I used to pour some enzyme into my sinks and leave it overnight to get rid of the odours coming from my in-sink erator. However, I find that I am using too much too fast of my precious enzymes (which took time to produce) and I hit upon an idea of pouring the leftover fruit pulp into the sink’s garbage disposal (after harvesting the cleaning enzyme), turn on the garbage disposal and pour just a little water in….just so that the enzyme pulp can remain in the kitchen sinks’ outlet pipes. Wow, this works fantastically and up til now, my sinks remain odour free since I last did the “sink’ flushing” 3 weeks ago.

    I had too much leftover fruit pulp to use as plant fertiliser and thought this is a good way to use it up ===> to flush my kitchen sinks’ outlet pipes and neutralise the odours there. :D

    Do post here to share with us if you have found new ways of using the cleaning enzyme! :D

    With best wishes,

    choesf :D

  42. 87

    sevenor said,

    For the past few months, my two dogs had been scratching themselves crazy till patches of hairs dropped off and rashes all over their bodies. Luckily, through the recommendation of a pet shop, I sprayed an enzyme solution on their whole bodies. Amazingly, within hours, I noticed that they began to scratch lesser. It’s been about two weeks now and I’m happy to say that they have completely stopped scratching. Really unbelievable especially considering that previously they would scratch every few minutes. The only thing I don’t like about this particular enzyme spray is that it smells awful.

    As a result of the above positive experience with enzyme, it gave me the idea of applying the eco enzyme solution (which a friend of mine gave me few months ago) on myself in the hope that it would stop the dust mites from biting me when I lie down to sleep. (For unknown reasons, I’m the only one in the family to get bitten by dust mites) Know what? It works! Now I’m able to sleep undisturbed. Fortunately, the smell’s not bad – a bit like vinegar. No longer do I need to have Tiger Balm or methyl salicylate oil standby whenever I go to sleep. :D

    This enzyme is truly fantastic! Can’t wait to make my own dragon fruit enzyme drink as well as orange-lemon eco enzyme!

    • 88

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear sevenor :D

      Dust Mites Repellent

      Thank you so much for your valuable feedback – now we know one more good use for the enzyme – as a dust mite repellent! :idea: We are all learning as we go along in this enzyme thing and we have to rely on personal experiences to pool together the enzyme benefits. :wink:

      Dog Fur Conditioner/Anti Tangle and Anti Parasites and Odour Eater

      Last week, I bathe my Shih Tzu dog finally with a diluted enzyme (1 part enzyme to 200 parts water – as taught by Mark in the comments above) and I found his fur to be so white, soft and tangle free..also he doesn’t smell so much anymore when he gets wet walking in the park. :lol:

      May I know if you used the enzyme in full concentration form or diluted form :?: The lemon and orange peel enzyme smells fantastic when applied…but I found out that the matured enzyme should be used within 2 months or so after maturity/harvesting to enjoy the fruity/vinegar smell…as later on, it smells a bit worse (my husband said it smells like garbage :roll: ).

      Good Luck with the Dragon Fruit enzyme!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  43. 89

    Christine Tan said,

    May i reconfirm that the fruit enzyme is akaline based. Thanks.

  44. 90

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Christine Tan :D

    I think when we start fermenting the enzymes, they are acidic and they become less so after some time. That’s why there is a sour smell to it. I may be wrong as the only sure way to confirm this is to test out the enzyme with Litmus Paper to check on the Ph value.

    With best wishes,

    choesf :D

  45. 91

    Lorizin said,

    Dear Choesf,

    I’ve just found your site and read through everyone’s comments.

    On fermenting your brew more quickly, I wonder if this would help:
    I’ve been reading a book called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, and made some pineapple-skin vinegar from a recipe in the book. It seems similar to the making of your enzyme brew. – Dissolve brown sugar in water and pour over cleaned, chopped pineapple core and skin. Here’s where it’s differnt – Add a couple of tablespoons of whey liquid (left over from the making of cottage cheese from naturally soured milk).
    The whey causes fermentation within a couple of days. Strange as it seems, it also causes the production of good bacteria and prevents the bad bacteria which cause rotting.
    Sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented foods all use these same processes to not only preserve foods but to make them more digestible.

    Perhaps those who need to spead up a first batch may be interested in adding some whey instead of yeast and see if it makes a difference to speed.

    When God created everything he set his laws in place to make everything work perfectly. There was no sickness caused by viruses and bacteria. I think our modern way of thinking has gone haywire and we work against God’s natural laws so often – especially with our diet and lifestyle. We’re scared stiff of things going bad and causing illness. We boil everything to death and shove everything in a freezer. In the ‘old days’ there were no fridges and freezers, yet people were able to preserve food by fermenting them! We think of fermented food as being rotten! Perhaps we need to re-look at what we’re doing, and check out some of those old ways! This using enzyme thing seems to be a part of it.

    Sally Fallon’s book talks about making fruit vinegars for digestive health and I see a connection between her recipes and what you’re doing. It would appear that something similar is happening with the “garbage” enzymes when they break down the vegie or fruit scraps. The enzymes are then able to ‘digest’ the dirt and grime when you do cleaning!

    Mark – how has your commercial batch and using it to clean at the hotel/restaurant got on?
    And has that scientist been able to give any info on how and why this all works?
    I look forward to hearing.

    Anyhow, now after all this time reading through your site and the newspaper article, etc, I’m going to try making some enzyme cleaner.

    God bless, and thanks Choesf

    • 92

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Lorizin :D

      Thank you so much for sharing the information from Sally Fallon’s book on making fruit vinegars for digestive health. I really appreciate that as we are all learning together here at this thread.

      You are right, in the older days. people had a more basic diet, which have evolved in the modern times with refrigeration and processed foods. When I was younger, people were mainly passing away from the usual old age illnesses around 75 to 90+ years. These days, there tend to be more younger age deaths relating to cancers, tumours and poor health. There is a lot of goodness in preserved or fermented foods – like the fermented Pu Erh black tea which are better the longer they are aged (I have drank 25 -year old tea and it was so good tasting), Kimchi, Miso (Japanese fermented soy beans), tempe (Indonesian and Malay fermented fresh soy beans) and others.

      These days, I am trying to limit the amount processed/canned foods consumed my family – it’s hard as they love their hams, sausages and bacon! :lol:

      My friend, the microbiologist, doesn’t exactly know how our garbage enzymes work, there will need to be precise lab tests to be carried. But she said it is likely the friendly micro bacteria in the enzyme that breaks down the molecules in the dirt and others that makes cleaning so much easier.

      On the drinking fruit enzymes, she has made an important find – although we have put in a large amount of sugar or honey to make the enzyme for drinking….she said that it is okay for diabetics to drink the fruit enzyme because the sugars in the enzymes have been coverted to another form (of sweetness) and safe for diabetics’ consumption. She has been a diabetic for 35 years and she was a counsellor for a diabetics’ association here. So, this is good news for all you diabetics out there … you can consume the fruit enzyme for good health. :D:

      Good Luck with your enzyme making! Do have a lovely weekend, Lorizin!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D:

      P.S. I’m afraid I don’t know what is “whey” and where we can get it here in Malaysia. Will a tub of cottage cheese do? Cottage cheese can be purchased in tubs from the supermarkets here.

      Do you know it the “mother” from the Apple Cider Vinegar be used to hasten the cleaning enzyme’s fermentation? I have a bottle of Braggs’ Apple Cider Vinegar which is somehow growing a thick, soft layer on the surface, which I think is the “mother.”

      • 93

        God's Dancing Child said,

        Choesf,
        About whey. :)
        If you were to make yogurt from whole cow’s milk (here is a very, *very* easy way to do that: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html), you can then take muslin or cheesecloth in a strainer, over a bowl, and pour a bit of the homemade yogurt in this set-up. After a little while, you can lift the strainer up from the bowl, and there will be yellowish liquid in the bowl – this is whey. :)
        It is very, very healthy, and is WONDERFUL for lacto-fermentation. :) In America, it is cheaper to make yogurt at home than buy it at the store. :) And healthier, as it has no additives.

      • 94

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hi there, dear God’s Dancing Child :D

        Thank you so much for explaining to me what is “whey”. Heheh, I don’t take milk nor yoghurt unless they are strongly flavoured and I take mild cheeses only. :oops: It is very common here in Malaysia, too, that some people make their own yoghurt at home to eat. You are right – it is certainly cheaper and healthier that way. :idea:

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

        P.S. The link you gave doesn’t seem to be working :oops:

  46. 95

    e said,

    How come your recipe for Fruit Enzymes don’t seem to have a ratio..
    How to do the Fruit Enzymes then.. ?

    • 96

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear e :D

      The ratio for Cleaning Fruit Enzymes is 1 part brown sugar, 3 parts fruit and 10 litres water. The instructions are HERE.

      For making Drinking Fruit Enzymes, there is no ratio to follow.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  47. 97

    Johannes said,

    Hi,

    How to make your eco cleaner which containing rich foam?
    if i mix it with liquid soaps , is it still belonging to environmental friendly cleaner

    Thanks

    • 98

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Johannes :D

      Sorry for the late reply – my Internet connection was up and down recently :roll: :oops:

      For me, I added some dish detergent to make the eco cleaner have suds and rich foam. I think liquid soaps and dish detergents have chemicals in them and so the cleaner will not be so environmental friendly anymore. :oops:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  48. 99

    Christy said,

    I am so excited to try out this new recipe! Do you know how it works on wood floors? Do you have to worry about it removing varnish? Also, Do you typically use it right out of the bottle it is fermented in or do you strain it and transfer it to a new bottle, so you can use the sludge immediately for the start of a new batch?

    • 100

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Christy :D

      My stairs have parquet strips that have been varnished. I have been using water mixed with a little enzyme to mop my tiled floors and parquet stairs for the last half year with good results. However, I can’t tell if the varnish has been removed gradually….I’m sorry but you will have to use the enzyme at your own risk. :oops:

      For mopping floors, I use a 1/4 cup of enzyme to 2 gallons of water…but you can adjust the enzymes to your own preference. I usually strain the liquid enzyme into another plastic bottle and use the sludge to make a new batch of enzyme or as plant fertiliser or to clean my sink’s garburettor or kitchen pipes. :idea:

      Have fun cleaning with your enzyme! :D

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  49. 101

    syafiqah said,

    Any ideas how to make bio-enzyme that can be used to spray plants? Please reply to my email : :)

    • 102

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear syafiqah :D

      I have not tried using the diluted enzymes to spray on plants before :oops: but I guess you can try using 1 tbsp of enzyme to 1 cup (250 ml) of water and see how it goes? :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  50. 103

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Good evening, dear friends :D

    Here is a fantastic feedback posted by yen on how the fruit enzyme was used as a natural pesticide :-

    Good afternoon to you, choesf

    Just a feedback from mum’s maid who asked her mom back home to try this fruit enzymes for her corn crops which were attacked by fruit flies and were destroyed.
    Of course, the first time round, her mom was sceptical about this and did not bother to make, then her corn crops were destroyed again by the flies.
    This time round, her mom made the enzymes (only limes) and using spray to lightly spray onto the corn crops. Wow, somehow the fruit flies were kept away perhaps by the smell and she is so happy that she can now harvest her corns.

    Thank you once again for sharing with us this lovely, wonderful MAGIC enzymes cleaner.

    do take care
    yen

  51. 104

    Foong said,

    Hi
    I have try to make garbage enzymes with white sugar today, it is work ?
    Thks

    • 105

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Foong :D

      I’m sorry I don’t know if white sugar will work or not :oops: as I have not tried that. Perhaps you can try and let me know how it turns out. :wink:

      However, as the fermentation period takes quite a while for the enzyme to mature, I would suggest you try making some with brown sugar as well and compare the results of the 2 enzymes, i.e. white sugar vs. brown sugar. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  52. 106

    Jean said,

    I use enzyme cleaner (commercial) for cleaning cat urine..i wonder if this one would work as well ? I have my first batch now fermenting.
    Thank you.
    Jean

  53. 108

    thsuming said,

    I have managed to prepare my first batch of garbage enzyme. May I know whether for the first month, as observed in the staronline NOT to disturb and open the container but let it ferment till after 1 month then we are to open and stir it. Pretty confused, some says stir it every day. And when there is a layer of white stuff formed just add more sugar. How much of sugar, it is just estimate, agar agar.

    thanks

    • 109

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good morning, dear thsuming :D

      I think you may have got some of the information from making drinking enzyme mixed up with the cleaning enzyme – the part where we add sugar if there is white stuff forming?

      For cleaning enzymes, there is no need to stir it at all and there is no need to add anymore sugar if you have followed exactly the ‘recipe”. Just be sure to let the bottle loosely capped to let go gas/air build-up and if there is a white layer forming, it is okay as that is part of the fermentation process. Once the enzyme is ready for harvesting, filtering the enzyme with an old cloth or fine plastic sieve will get rid of the white stuff. :idea:

      Good Luck with your enzyme!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  54. 110

    thsuming said,

    hi choesf,

    Suddenly it don on me, how about adding limau purut leaves for the lemony fragrance. I am trying my batch with some of the leaves. If it works then we can omit using lemon or limau kesturi. cause we dont use much lemon/limau kesturi.

    • 111

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello again, dear thsuming :D

      You have got a really good tip there – adding daun limau purut (kaffir lime leaves)! Yes, that would make the enzyme so fragrant. Thank you for sharing your tip with us. :wink:

      Another tip – usually the enzyme loses its original fruity fragrance after a few months of storage (after harvesting) and adding some limau purut leaves or lemon/lime skins would “refresh” the fragrance of the enzyme at the time when we are using it for cleaning, etc. I have tried using lemon grass roots and leaves and it gives a good smell, too. :idea:

      I have a spray bottle with diluted enzyme to spray on all surface areas that I clean – makes the job much easier. However, I noticed there is no fresh, fruity smell…I will add whatever citric leaves/fruit I can find in my fridge right now. :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  55. 112

    thsuming said,

    Tks for the reply. I have made two container of about 22 litres of eco enzyme. Will be ready by september. Have you ever try spraying some diluted enzyme into the air in the kitchen, to clear the air after deep frying done in your kitchen? would like to know if the enzyme can clear the odours in the kitchen after cooking. especially roasting belacan.

    best regards.

    • 113

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good afternoon, dear thsuming :D

      Wow, you certainly have a lot of enzyme fermenting…good! It is never too much when you can use it so effectively for many cleaning jobs. :wink:

      No, I have not used it as an air freshener….but I think someone here may have commented before about it. I don’t like the smell of the enzyme and your daun limau purut tip gave me an idea on how to “refresh” my mature enzyme fragrance. :idea:

      I have an older post on removing kitchen odours HERE. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  56. 114

    Mandy said,

    I’m so glad that I came across your site. I’m most taken by the use of enzyme as a facial cleanser to lighten dark facial spots and removing warts on the neck, I have both issues.

    I’m still a little unsure of how to do this. Do I use the enzyme on the cotton pad like a toner and then mosturiser or do I have to wash it off with a cleanser?

    Your site is so informative and I shall be inviting my friends to visit your site. We were at lost on how else we can use our enzyme and now I will be collecting lots of plastic containers to produce more enzyme.

    Thank you

    • 115

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Mandy :D

      Thank you for your compliments :oops: :D.

      We are all experimenting here with the enzyme as a facial product :lol: – for myself, I would add on a little undiluted enzyme to my foaming cleanser (I prefer foams to creams) to wash my face. On some occasions, I would use the enzyme as a toner after washing my face with a regular commercial cleanser and then rinse off the enzyme thoroughly.

      For removing warts on the neck, I forgot how it was to be used :oops: but you can refer back to the comments here from those who has tried it successfully.

      Nowadays, I no longer use the enzyme on my face as my whole family (except for one teenage son who still has some acne to clear) now have clear, glowing, rosy complexion from drinking this vegetable soup :-

      Miracle Vegetable Soup

      Those who tried it reported better facial complexion and age spots are lightened. Results are seen 2 weeks into drinking the soup. :idea:

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf :D

  57. 116

    Mandy said,

    Thank you for your reply. I have since made a pot of Miracle Vegetable Soup and surprisingly, it is quite pleasant in taste. Will continue to drink for the next few days.

    Today being Father’s Day, we had our pail and enzyme out and gave my husband’s car a good scrub. Wow, you are right, the car was sparkling clean after the wash !

    Regards……….Mandy

    • 117

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good afternoon, dear Mandy :D

      Thank you for your feedback – I’m glad you found the Miracle Vegetable Soup pleasant to taste. I don’t make it as regularly these days – we just drink it like 3 to 4 days in a week, instead of everyday when we started.

      It’s easy to wash the car with the enzyme, yes? Best is the car looks so clean and polished after. :wink: Heheh, your hubby must be so happy! :D

      Do have a wonderful week!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 118

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hi there, dear friends :D

        For those of us living in the hot tropical weather, our floors at home are usually not carpeted but are tiled instead. We tend to walk barefoot inside for the added coolness to our feet. So, for me, it is absolutely important to have my floors really clean. Plus, the smoother feel to the soles of our feet gives a feeling of comfort and cleanliness. :D

        Here is my latest tip on how to get your floors more shiny and with a smoother feel :-

        Just add about 2 tablespoons of your favourite liquid fabric softener in addition to 3 tablespoons of cleaning enzyme to your pail of water to be used for mopping. :idea:

        This method also makes your mopping job more enjoyable as the fabric softener also gives out a wonderful fragrance to your home as you mop along. After your floors have dried up, walk along it and see if your floors do feel smoother and cleaner. :wink:

        A word of caution though, if you have small children or elderly people in the house, you may like to decrease the amount of fabric softener used to prevent the floors from being too slippery.

        Try it out and see for yourself! :D

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  58. 119

    cara said,

    Hi there! I am a student esthetician I am trying to go the holistic and organic route in skin care. I was wondering how you use the eco enzyme as a facial cleanser? After it has fermented in 3 months, do you strain the juices out and put it in a spray bottle? Then do you use a little bit of it with your face cleanser? do you have to dilute it once you put it in a spray bottle? Please let me know! Thank you!
    ps – if the results of the eco enzyme lighten freckles and spots, I would recommend wearing an spf so you dont hyperpigment when out in the sun and cause more damage :)

    • 120

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Cara :D

      It is good to know that you are a student esthetician – perhaps you may be able to find out more about the effects of the enzyme from our skincare point of view. :idea:

      I just mixed like a teaspoon or two of undiluted, filtered enzyme (stored in a bottle) into my facial cleanser and washed my face with it. The other way the enzyme can be used is as a toner, also in undiluted form. Well, that’s my procedure and I’m just trying it out that way. These days, I no longer use the enzyme as a facial cleanser/toner as my family and I have very good, rosy complexion from drinking this soup :-

      Miracle Vegetable Soup For Good Complexion and Health

      Thank you for your advice on wearing an spf for protection – yes, in our hot, sunny tropical weather, we use moisturisers with spf. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  59. 121

    julie Zheng said,

    I would like to know what to add to the fruit enzyme cleaning liquid to make it to sud. I found it hard to clean without sud. thank you

    • 122

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Julie Zheng :D

      I’m glad you are trying out the enzyme for cleaning as well. :wink:

      I am like you, too! Although the enzyme cleans well on its own, I still feel that it doesn’t when there is no suds – I usually add some dish detergent to the enzyme when I wash my bathrooms and dishes. :idea:

      Do have a wonderful weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  60. 123

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear friends :D

    I came across a “recipe” HERE for making a homemade pesticide to get rid of plant pests such as mealy bugs, etc. Thought you may be interested in it as well. :wink:

    Homemade Pesticide

    1 drop liquid dish detergent
    2 tsp enzyme cleaner (aka garbage enzyme)
    2 bird’s eye chili (cili padi)
    200 ml water

    Method :-

    Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and let stand for 10 minutes, to allow the “spiciness” of the chili to be well infused into the liquid. Spray as pesticide onto leaves and stems of plants. :idea:

    With best wishes,

    choesf :D

  61. 124

    Haydee said,

    Hi

    I have been reading all about eco enzymes with much interest!
    I just have one question, if you use something to speed the maturation , how do you know when the enzyme is ready?
    Thanks for a wonderful blog
    Haydee

    • 125

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Haydee :D

      When we follow the normal fermentation period, i.e. 3 months, we will have an enzyme that is clear and pale brownish/yellowish at the top, with sludge/sediments at the bottom. I started using the enzyme after 2 months of fermentation following this method and it is already very effective for cleaning purposes. The longer the enzyme is kept the better is its efficacy – I have enzymes that are more than 1 year old already, and the latest is just 1 month old I had made using sludge from the old batches of enzyme.

      With the sped up fermentation, we don’t know exactly when the enzyme is ready for use unless we wait for the enzyme to turn to the same clear colour as above. For this method, I start using the enzyme when it is 1 month old and I think some visitor here said we could use it after 2 weeks.

      Perhaps you can try out your enzyme at different times during the sped up fermentation process and see how it goes? :idea:

      Have fun using your homemade enzyme! :D

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 126

        Angelina said,

        Hi, thanks for wonderful blog. The information is very interesting. I made a batch half year ago and did not have time to check up how to use it until today. Today, I just separated the liquid and the sludge at the bottom. I’m going to use the sludge from the old batch to make a new batch but not sure how much water I should add on and if I should add sugar for the second batch? Could you please give me some advices? Thanks a lot

      • 127

        Hi there, dear Angelina :D

        The sludge from harvested enzymes can be used to hasten/speed up the fermentation time for new batches of enzymes. You will still need the same proportions of fruit peels, sugar and water – just add a few tablespoons of sludge (or matured enzyme) to cut down the fermentation of 3 months down to 1 month before harvesting. :idea:

        If you have too much sludge left over, you can add more water into it (to about half the bottle or double the amount of sludge), wait for about 2 weeks and you can harvest that enzyme for cleaning.

        A blog visitor here once gave a tip of blending leftover sludge, bottling the sludge “paste” and using that to clean toilet bowls really well! :idea:

        Have fun using your enzymes to clean various stuff!

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  62. 129

    Hi there, I’m from Hongkong; very impressive to see your eco enzymes.
    I’ll start making mine very soon.

    Thanks very much for sharing.
    Best wishes,
    Alan

    • 130

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Alan :D

      Thank you for your kind comments. I’m sure you will be impressed with your enzymes, too. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  63. 131

    Hi choesf,

    It is me again.
    Is it possible to use just one kind of fruit say orange or tangerine to make the enzymes?

    Thanks,
    Alan

  64. 134

    Anna said,

    Actually, your recipe for citrus/fruit “enzyme” is an old time-tested recipe for citrus/fruit vinegar. Google ‘homemade vinegar’ and you’ll get your citrus/fruit enzyme recipe.

    Just my 2 cents.

    • 135

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Anna :D

      Thank you for your comments and tip. It is fascinating how we can make our own vinegar at home. :idea:

      The eco-enzyme or citrus fruit enzyme as I had called it here was originally (and still is) known as “garbage enzyme”, which uses kitchen fruit and vegetable scraps and peels to make enzyme for cleaning purposes, not whole fruits. This enzyme is for cleaning only and not safe for consumption at all.

      The homemade vinegar recipe is more similar to the drinking enzyme recipe, which do not have water added at all.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  65. 136

    Hi choesf,

    Following your instructions, i made 2 bottles of eco enzyme for 50 & 60 days respectively.

    I cant wait for 90 days, and stole a little bit to use last week to clean some oily dishes.
    However, the result was not so good as I expected, not all the oil was removed.

    Let me tell you my procedures:
    – I put in water, sugar(I use raw sugar), orange & lemon skin.
    – starting from the 4th day, there are gas, which I need to open to cap 1 or times daily.
    – from the 10th day, the kept the cap loose, and 1 more weeks later, no more gas came out, and I still kept the cap loose.

    So, should I keep the enzyme for 30 more days? Or have I done anything wrong?

    Thanks,
    Alan

    • 137

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear Alan :D

      When you used the enzyme to wash some oily dishes, how much of enzyme did you use in proportion to water and did you add a little bit of regular dish detergent?

      I can’t remember the “formula” that I had used – but you have to try out the various proportions to get a really good clean of the dirty dishes. I think mine was something like 1/4 cup enzyme + 1 cup water + 1 tbsp dish detergent. The dish detergent is to give suds to the cleaning solution. The suds is to give me a psychological assurance that suds do give a cleaner feel.

      I had also stole some 2-month old enzymes to use when I started making them…they do clean quite well but the more mature ones are even better. So, do try the different combinations to see what work best for you. :idea:

      I don’t think you have done anything wrong…your procedures are correct. Do keep your extra (leftover)enzymes as long as you can – they clean even better the longer they are kept. I have some that is more than a year old and they do give my floor an even better gleam. Only problem is – older enzymes smell even more terrible! :roll:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 138

        Wow… thanks alot Choesf!
        Maybe I havent read through all the posts, I didnt notice that I need to add water and detergent to it.

        I’ll try as you said, and feedback to you later.

        One more question, are the skins still useful after I used up the enzymes? Just throw it away or I can add sugar and water to produce again?
        Best wishes to you and your family,
        Alan

      • 139

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hello there, dear Alan :D

        You are most welcome! Regarding the pulp left in the enzyme – you can use that as a plant fertiliser by blending it with some water…and put about 2 tablespoons per potted plant per week. :idea:

        Someone here mentioned before that she would blend the pulp into a paste and use that to clean her toilet bowls effectively.

        I like to use some leftover pulp and sludge to start another batch of enzyme – it helps to reduce the gas buildup and it will speed up the fermentation time. :wink:

        On some occasions, I had added water again to the bottle, give it a good shake, wait for the pulp or sediments to sink to the bottom, and use that diluted enzyme to clean and mop floors. That’s to squeeze out as much of the enzyme goodness as possible. :lol:

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  66. 140

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there, dear friends :D

    I have written a post on using the enzyme to clean and fix a leaking air-conditioner :-

    http://happyhomemaker88.com/2011/04/17/using-homemade-enzymes-to-fix-clean-leaky-air-conditioners/

    With best wishes,

    choesf :D

  67. 141

    Leong Wun Han said,

    Can I use only the skin after peeling the orange. (no pulp)

    • 142

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Wun Han :D

      Yes, you can use just the skin of the orange only. I even used honeydew skins after cutting out the fruit. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  68. 143

    jina said,

    Not sure if I used the correct ratio of water to fruit garbage and sugar. I may have added too much water. I’m already 2 months in to harvesting – will it still be usable for cleaning?

    • 144

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Jina :D

      It is okay if you may have added too much water – the enzyme would still be good for use. It’s probably just more diluted, I guess.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 145

        Jina said,

        OK – would that apply for too little water as well? One of my containers ran out of room for all of the water after I added everything else :$

      • 146

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hi there and welcome, dear Jina :D

        I’m afraid I’m not sure if too little will do as well :oops: …. I can only guess that it should be alright and your enzyme will be more concentrated. :idea:

        Hope your enzyme turns out well!

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

      • 147

        jina said,

        Thanks – are there any signs that I should be looking for when the enzyme is usable and ready, aside from the date I have put on the container? If I’m using it as a household cleaner, I want to make sure that i am properly cleaning and removing dirt/bacteria.

      • 148

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        You are most welcome, dear Jina. :D

        A definite sign that the enzymes are ready for use is when the liquid turns a clear bronze colour. Even my dragon fruit enzymes, which started out being a rich, purple colour, turned a clear yellowish colour, too. :idea:

        Have fun making and using your enzymes!

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

      • 149

        jina said,

        One more question – I’m again questioning if I made it right. I tried using the enzyme straight on dirty grey grout to see if it might whiten it, but I had no result. Of course, I didn’t try scrubbing afterwards either, so maybe that’s the problem. If during the fermenting process, I had the container cap, loosened (so that it would not explode) the whole time, would that make the enzyme not correctly processed?

      • 150

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Hello there, dear Jina :D

        It is okay if your container cap is loosened, your enzyme has fermented normally, not to worry. For grouting, I find that while the enzyme can clean some of the dirt off (some scrubbing is necessary), the dirt or grey colour that has seeped or stained the grouting will not come out…i.e., the grouting will still remain grey in colour although the gunge has been scrubbed off. To remove the grey stain left in grouting, apply a thin layer of bleach or Chlorox for a few minutes and that will remove the grey. Be sure that the air is well ventilated to clear the bleach fumes and rinse off bleach thoroughly. There are some areas which we still have to resort to using bleach (not so eco-friendly, I’m afraid :oops: ) to doing a clean job.

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

    • 151

      jina said,

      Thanks!

  69. 152

    Dicky said,

    dear happyhomemaker88,

    Shall we keep the enzymes for one year long?.

    Thanks,
    Dicky,Indonesia.

    • 153

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Dicky :D

      I am not really sure if enzymes have an “expiry date” or not :oops: …. but I have a bottle of enzyme which I purposely keep for a long time to observe what becomes of it. – it is 1 1/2 years old! :lol:

      My findings of old enzymes :-

      1) the colour deepens to a darker colour. Now, my old enzyme is a clear mahogany colour.

      2) it smells a little worse than newly harvested enzyme

      3) but it works even more effectively than new enzymes! :lol:

      I mask the smell of old enzymes by mixing in about 2 tablespoons of liquid fabric softener into a pail of water to be used for mopping floor. Other uses of my old enzyme…sometimes I add a little bit of that to my newly made enzymes to hasten the fermentation process and reduce bubbling or gas formation. :idea:

      Have fun making and using the enzymes!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 154

        Dicky said,

        Okey,thanks a lot for your informations.

        best wishes,

        Dicky

      • 155

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        You are most welcome, dear Dicky :D

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

      • 156

        Kat-USA said,

        Love reading about this subject and I have a suggestion. I think using drops of 100% pure Essential Oils would be wonderful to mask the smell of the enzymes. Just add a few drops to your diluted enzyme. Just a thought : )

      • 157

        Hi there, dear Kat-USA :D

        That’s an excellent idea indeed! Yes, using a few drops of pure essential oils will definitely make the enzyme smell better! Thank you for your tip! :idea: ***2 thumbs up***

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  70. 158

    Theresa said,

    Hi Choesf,

    This is Theresa, jumping from your pegaga blog to this. I read from post #2 above that (1 Tbsp. enzyme:1 litre of water) for a final hair rinse after shampooing will redue hair loss. I was wonder if you have tried it, and what is your feed back on this? Also, would rinsing with this diluted solution have any effect on hair that had been dyed?

    Regards,
    Theresa

    • 159

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good afternoon, dear Theresa :D

      Heheh, you are most welcome all over my blog! :lol:

      I think I had posted somewhere (here or the other enzyme recipe post) that I only tried using this method to wash my hair a few times only. Reason being fear that the dye in the hair will be lost faster. So, I stopped using it to rinse my hair.

      Strange that you mentioned hair loss….for some strange reason, my hair dropped a lot in the last 1 1/2 months and my hair is to thin now that I am now using a professional salon type hair tonic to prevent hair loss. Must be hormonal as I am menopausal. I am also looking for remedies to prevent hair loss and to increase my head of hair. :wink:

      Previously, drinking the Miracle Vegetable Soup does help to prevent hair loss for me and that was like the beginning of last year.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  71. 160

    brenda said,

    I am just harvesting my first batch of cleaner. Can you use the same fruit to begun another batch or do I always start with new fruit? Thanks.

  72. 161

    brenda said,

    please notify me via email. thanks

  73. 162

    prashanth@gmail.com said,

    Hi

    These are lovely to use……. how ever I did realize while these are excellent cleaners they do not act as anti bacterial or germ killers….. do u think we can add a little bit of DETTOL or some kind of anti septic lotion and store them… also how long will they last any idea about their shelve life……… Once again than u for making our life’s cleaner and citurussssssssy

    • 163

      Hi there, dear prashanth :D

      I don’t think these enzymes are anti-bacterial or germ killers. There are supposed to be some micro-bacterial organisms (called EM) in the enzymes that help to remove dirt easily. I’m not sure if putting a little dettol or antiseptic would kill them, hence the effectiveness of the cleaning enzymes would be affected.

      I recently used up the last bit of my “original” enzymes made in 2009…so, it’s almost 3 years old. When I opened up the bottle, I noticed that the smell has become better and the colour of the enzyme different – actually, I almost thought it was some fruity wine. :lol:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  74. 164

    Ruthie said,

    Ecos Enzymes are great for natural cleaners! Thanks for all of the info. really helpful. Loving the all natural Ecos Enzymes:)

  75. 166

    Lora said,

    My first batch will be ready soon and I’m wondering about laundry detergent uses. I noticed a couple of comments above but do you know what types of enzymes this brew creates? There are four main enzymes used for breaking down greases, chocolate, blood, etc and I am wondering if this will work for all those purposes? How much should be added to laundry detergent and do the clothes need to soak so the enzymes can work? Thanks and love all this info!

    • 167

      Hi there, dear Lora :D

      I’m not sure what type of enzymes are yielded but I do know that blood stains can be easily removed, especially when the garment is soaked. There is not much other feedback here on the use of enzymes when doing laundry. Perhaps you may like to test it and see for yourself.

      For a normal laundry wash in the washing machine – I sometimes put 1/4 cup of undiluted enzyme and the usual amount of laundry detergent..the temperature should be at warm as I heard that enzymes work best at human temperatures.

      For soaking blood stained undergarments, I use 1/2 cup of undiluted enzyme to 2 tablespoons of Persil detergent to 3 cups water.

      You may like to make up your own “recipe” for soaking stained clothings. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  76. 168

    marisol said,

    Dear choesf,
    Very helpful information. I will try to make this eco enzyme. I guess it will work similar or better than apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s) with so many benefits. I had a wonderful time too, reading Mark’s comments and experiences with this. I find this amazing as I plan to start a small green cleaning company to give me income and use this enzyme for cleaning. Wish me luck and thanks for this helpful site.

    marisol

    • 169

      Hi there, dear Marisol :D

      I’m glad you found the information here helpful. Pineapple peels or fruits make the most effective enzyme cleaners, plus sometimes, we can get the pineapple peels free from the fruit stalls. Good Luck with your new green cleaning company! :D

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  77. 170

    Marisol said,

    Hi choesf,

    Thanks for your reply. ‘Just wondering – what is the shelf life of the mature enzyme. I plan to make gallons of them because I think I will be busy soon – that means, I will have little time to make them frequently. I have never seen this in North America being sold as is. I hope the mature enzyme is good for a year or more (was there a test done as to the shelf life). This solution is acidic, similar to vinegar, I guess, so it won’t rot. I tried to make citrus-steeped vinegar but I used it too early and the smell was overpowering (maybe because I used apple cider vinegar). I did not give it enough time to mellow. Impatient me!

    All the best,
    Marisol

    • 171

      Hi there, dear Marisol :D

      I’m afraid I don’t know the exact shelf-life of the cleaning enzymes. :oops:

      However, I have found that the longer they are kept, the better their cleaning ability! Strange, yes? The enzymes are like wines…..my oldest bottle of enzymes was almost 2 1/2 years old – I had kept it to see what would happen and every now and then, I would pour out some to use. By then the enzyme has turned into a richer, brown colour and the smell is almost like a fruit wine…a very pleasant smell instead…nothing like the fresh enzymes which smelled fermented.

      So, my personal opinion is that yes, enzymes can last up to 3 years and they will clean even better by then, just like wine would taste better the longer they are kept. :idea:

      It is the first batch of enzyme you make that takes time and you have to wait for the whole 3 months. After that, the waiting time is shortened to 1 1.2 to 2 months only and this is when you use the leftover sludge from the first bath of enzyme and mix that into your second batch of new enzyme. :idea:

      Have fun making and using your enzymes!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 172

        Mark said,

        Hi Choesf

        Greetings! Please allow me to share my thought with Marisol.

        A table spoon of mature enzyme or apple cider vinegar added to a new mix indeed shorten the fermentation process. Never allow fruit flies to land on the mix during preparation and early stage of fermentation, if you do not want to see the new mix rot. Cover the new mix properly to prevent flies from reaching the mix. If using air tight container, make sure the cover is not too tight. An air tight environment retards the fermentation process of the mix. As a safe guard, cover and tie a clean cloth over the container to prevent flies from reaching the mix. In this way, the mix is allowed to “breathe”.

        Best regards
        Mark

      • 173

        Good morning, dear Mark :D

        It’s good to see you here again! Thank you so much for your great tips for Marisol :idea: – wow, you are getting to be quite a pro with making cleaning enzymes. :wink:

        Do have a wonderful day!

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  78. 174

    Mark said,

    Dear Choesf

    Thanks, I am around and never miss any of the postings.

    I am still making cleaning enzyme in quantity for my restaurant. Not a pro yet but still learning. Are you still enjoying the herbal soup?

    Cheers!
    Mark

    • 175

      Good evening, dear Mark :D

      Yes, I am still enjoying the herbal soups. I’m glad you are still making lots of enzymes for cleaning in your restaurant. During the Chinese New Year, I made some enzymes from mandarin oranges and the smell at the start of fermentation was fantastic! :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  79. 176

    Marisol said,

    Thanks a lot choesf and Mark! I love learning new things, especially about eco-friendly stuff . . I’m like a sponge.

    All the best,
    Marisol

  80. 178

    Nicole Sanneman said,

    Hi happy homemaker, Can I re-use the fruit inside for the second batch or do I need to add fresh fruit each time? Thank you, Nicole

    • 179

      Hi there, dear Nicole :D

      For the sludge or leftover fruit after the matured enzyme is poured out for use – I usually use some to make a new batch of enzyme (with new fruit peels) to shorten fermentation time to 1 month or so. I also add about half a bottle of water to the fruit, give the bottle a good shake and then use the enzyme after a few days. I would add water until I feel that the enzyme is too diluted for use. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  81. 180

    ifiery said,

    It’s quite good for cleaning car. As I have a white car, I thought it’s better to go over the car once then wash a 2nd time with the znzymes mixed with water. It seems to remove tough stains too but I guess will take some time like a few washes. But it’s still easier then using wax which take alot of time and effort. Btw, it also leaves the car shiny

    • 181

      Hi there, dear ifiery :D

      Thank you for sharing your experience in using enzymes to wash cars. :idea:

      The enzymes make is really effortless to get our car clean and shiny in a jiffy, without having to waste time and money on waxes or polishes. :wink:

      I noticed that the car also stays clean longer after a wash with enzymes…somehow, the smoother finish on the paintwork repels the water molecules somewhat.

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  82. 182

    HI

    just want to ask about re-using the fruits. I just harvested a batch of drinking enzymes made with pineapple, tomatoes and lemons and I squeezed out all the liquid from the fruits after straining. With the squeezed out fruits and one fresh sliced up whole lemon, I put it back into the 2 litre jar and filled it up with water.

    Will it be too concentrated for use? And will I have to wait for another month to use it? I planned to use it with my facial and body cleansers to get rid of skin tags, neck warts and freckles :) Thanks for your advice!

    • 183

      Hi there, dear Karen :D

      The harvested enzyme can be used undiluted for best results to remove skin warts, etc..it is quite safe to use. Heheh, every time I put in some enzyme into a small pail of water for wiping my furniture, one of my cats would love to drink from there (before I use the water for cleaning) and she is alright (no vomiting nor diarrhoea). :lol:

      For the second round of water added to the fruits leftover from harvesting, just give the bottle a few shakes every day and you can use it right away – it is diluted enzyme already. :idea:

      Have fun using your homemade enzymes!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 184

        Thanks for your reply :) One more question ….. do I have to let the reused fruit batch ferment for a month and shake it everyday or just a week only since it’s already diluted enzymes?

      • 185

        You are most welcome, dear Karen. The reused fruit enzyme batch can be used immediately and the rest of the liquid left can continue to ferment a little more. Shake daily for the first week only. :wink:

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  83. 186

    Michelle said,

    I’ve read a lot of the above comments. I have made a batch of citrus pineapple on 5/1/12 and it fermented quickly. I’m dying to open and use, so it’s exciting to think that it is probably ready shy of 90 days.

    My question is have you had any feedback regarding carpet cleaning? I have a very old dog who is not always in control of his “messes” and has an old man kind of odor even with bathing. I’d like to try the enzyme to wash him, but want to know about using it (ratio etc) to use it on the carpet in his favorite room.

    Hope to hear back. Thank you in advance.

    • 187

      Hi there, dear Michelle :D

      I’m glad you have made some enzymes for cleaning. I’m sorry, I don’t have any feedback on using the enzymes for carpet cleaning. :oops:

      I can only suggest that if you have some carpet cleaning/shampooing machine – you can pour in some filtered/strained enzymes and add some water. However, my concern is, because the carpet may be thick, and may be damp for a long time, it may encourage the growth of mould (as diluted enzymes tend to grow mould).

      Perhaps, someone here may have some ideas about carpet cleaning. :idea:

      To remove odours and doggy smells from your carpet, perhaps you can try this method I have written here :-

      http://happyhomemaker88.com/2007/12/08/how-to-remove-urine-other-odours-from-mattresses/

      Just sprinkle some medicated powder (any brand) onto your carpet, leave on for a while and then vacuum it off. As the medicated powder is safe on babies, it would be safe on animals, too. :idea:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  84. 188

    Hi there, dear friends :D

    I had just written a post on adding Oranged Infused Vinegar to our homemade enzyme cleaner for a better fragrance. As most of your know by now, sometimes the enzymes don’t smell very good! :lol:

    http://happyhomemaker88.com/2012/07/12/add-orange-infused-vinegar-to-homemade-cleaning-enzymes-for-fragrance/

    Have fun trying out the Orange Infused Vinegars! :idea:

    With best wishes,

    choesf :D

  85. 189

    Tara said,

    I was at a Norwax party recently and they have a matress cleaner with enzymes in it. Has anyone tried this fruit enzyme for the same dust mite controlling and dander cleaning purposes?

    • 190

      Hi there, dear Tara :D

      So far, I have not received any feedback on using this fruit enzyme to control dust mites in mattresses. Perhaps, someone may have some information on that. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  86. 192

    Sandy said,

    Hi, I just started harvested my 9-mth old enzyme cleaner. I was wondering if anybody can advise on the storage and harvesting. After straining the juices, do you keep in a separate bottle. And how long can you keep the juice without the pulp. Will it deteriorate? I notice those that I decant to the dispenser for washing dishes, the smell is a little off. Will they ‘rot’ after like exposure to the atmosphere? And how long can you keep the juices after straining those out?

    Does it also mean that the longer you keep the enzyme without harvesting the ‘potency’ is stronger? /tks

    • 193

      Hi there, dear Sandy :D

      Wow, you managed to ferment your enzyme for a whole 9 months – that enzyme will surely clean very well! :wink:

      Once you have harvested the liquid part of the enzyme, you can store it indefinitely for usage in a cool place. The longer the enzyme is kept, the better it will work. The longest enzyme I have kept was about 2 years old – by then, the colour has turned a rich golden brown in colour and smelled like grape juice or a mild wine. It cleaned very well indeed when I used it to mop my floors! :lol:

      On the leftover sludge or pulp of the enzyme, there are a few things you can do with it ===>

      1) use about 1 cup of the pulp and mix that into your new batch/bottle of ingredients to make new enzymes. This will shorten the fermentation time to 1 month and the enzyme will bubble less.

      2) to the leftover pulp, just pour in water to about half full, give the bottle a few shakes and then keep for a few days. You can use that diluted enzyme for various cleaning purposes. This step helps to “stretch” the enzyme a bit longer.

      3) one reader here has ingeniously blended her pulp and stored it in a container. The blended pulp is used to clean toilet bowls very effectively, especially the inner rims of the bowl. :idea:

      Unfortunately, the enzymes do smell a bit (except for pineapple enzymes, which I find that they somehow still retain some of the pineapple smell) … you can add some essential oils, add some dish detergent when doing dishes, or add a little bit of commercial floor wash when mopping floors. Or you can do like me, make some Orange Infused Vinegar to add onto your enzymes when cleaning :idea:

      http://happyhomemaker88.com/2012/07/12/add-orange-infused-vinegar-to-homemade-cleaning-enzymes-for-fragrance/

      Have fun trying out your enzymes and Happy Cleaning!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

  87. 194

    Sandy said,

    Hi happyhomemaker88, thanks for your reply.

    I’d definitely follow-up on your suggestions. Do you think you can show us some photos for the procedure on your decanting and storage process. I find myself quite clumsy on this. Do you have different bottles for cleaning different appliance or different parts of the house or you just pour it out from a central bottle and start diluting them?

    I’m also quite confused. Some say can use plastic containers and some say use only glass. What’s your advice?

    So many people have extol the benefits of this enzyme cleaner, do you like use the procedure for human consumption or use it on our body? Any difference in the preparation as compared to the enzyme cleaners? thanks for your time

    • 195

      Hi there, dear Sandy :D

      You are most welcome to ask away here anyhing you are not sure. :wink:

      There are basically 2 types of enzymes we are talking about here at my blog :-

      1) enzymes made for cleaning purposes only – not for human consumption. These require the use of a plastic bottle because there is a lot of gas buildup. Water is required. Fruit peels and scraps are used. Fermentation time is 3 months.

      2) enzymes made for drinking – these are for human consumption only, not for cleaning. Glass bottles are used. No water is added because the enzymes come from the juice of the fruits. A lot of sugar is used. Fermentation ranges from 2 weeks to 1 or few months depending on whose recipe you follow. This enzyme must be prepared in very hygienic and dry condition and not even a drop of water can be added. :wink:

      Here is an earlier post I have on Drinking Enzymes –

      http://happyhomemaker88.com/2009/08/12/easy-homemade-dragon-fruit-health-enzyme-for-drinking-my-review-of-this-enzyme/

      Other than the Dragonfruit Enzymes, I have tried Chinese Pears, Apples and Oranges Enzymes….so far, the Dragon Fruit Enzyme was the best tasting and had the most nutrients.

      Hope this helps…

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 196

        P.S. I omitted to reply your other questions earlier :oops:

        I use my enzymes on a FIFO method (First In First Out)…so I will use that oldest bottle of enzyme for everything I clean in the house. For ease of use, I sometimes pour into smaller bottles and place at different parts of my home, e.g. in the car porch for washing cars, beside the sink, in bathrooms (all undiluted)

  88. 197

    Rachel Chan said,

    Hi Choesf,

    I am a reporter from a local paper and I would like to get in touch with you as I would like to show our readers how to make this enzyme cleaner. Do you think you could please e-mail me ASAP at the address only you see? Please leave me a contact number so I can call you back. Thanks very much!

    Rachel

  89. 199

    hiddenorchid said,

    Hi I have a question. After harvesting, I blend the pulp and use them as a cleaner which is more concentrated. But my most recent batch developed a whitish mold on top similar to when it was fermenting, will this still be safe to use for cleaning or so I need to throw out? My previous batch sludge did not develop the mold I was able to use it for almost a month. Thanks! I love this fruit enzyme thread! More power!

    • 200

      Hi there, dear hidden orchid :D

      The whitish mould should be okay – for some reasons, white mould can develope after the enzyme is mature. However, if you don’t feel comfortable with it, you can dispose the sludge and wait for the next batch. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 201

        Maevet said,

        Hi choesf,

        I’ve been reading up on all your helpful postings on the topic of making and using the eco enzyme, I enjoy all of them and that you come across as a really lovely, generous and helpful person.

        I just harvested my first batch of orange enzyme after slightly over one month using the yeast shortcut. I have added some of the leftover sludge from this first harvest to my second batch of enzyme (pineapple peels this time but no yeast added) as a top-up to speed things up. The sludge is thus added as an excess to the 1:3:10 ratio, meaning that I mixed in the 3 parts fresh peel PLUS additional sludge. Do you think that’s ok, have you had a similar experience? I hope that does not affect the end-product after maturity.

        After reading your review on the cleaning power of the pineapple enzymes, I really can’t wait for this batch to mature! In the meantime I’ve started using my 1-month old yeast shortcut citrus enzyme to wipe a small area of the kitchen floor under my 17-month old daughter’s high chair after every meal (because she tends to drop food on the floor). Now those few tiles feel super-clean-smooth compared to the rest of the kitchen.

        Thank you!

  90. 202

    Maevet said,

    Hi choesf,
    Sorry – I realised I had written my query above as a ‘reply’ instead of starting a new comment. I had done that via my iPhone through which offers a mobile version of your blog entries, and there was only a Reply button to click for me to post a ‘comment’.
    😛

    • 203

      No problem there at all, dear Maevet, it’s okay..I don’t mind. :wink:

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D

      • 204

        Maevet said,

        Hi choesf,

        Thanks but you haven’t answered my previous question. Does it affect the effectiveness of the end product if I used the leftover sludge “topped up” into a new batch of enzymes which already has 3 parts of fruit waste?

        No need to reply me immediately, you’re probably busy getting ready for the New Year.
        Wishing you a Happy New Year in advance! 😀

      • 205

        Good morning, dear Maevet :D

        I apologise for overlooking your previous question :oops: … yes, once we have our first batch of enzyme harvested, the sludge can be added to make new enzymes, and to hasten the fermentation process by at least half the time. That is what I do nowadays :idea: – every time I make a new batch of enzymes, I would just add a cup of sludge or half a cup of harvested enzyme to a new batch of enzymes.

        Now that we are eating a lot of mandarin oranges and there will be a lot of mandarain peels – I would prepare a large bottle of just the sugar and water solution and everytime I have some mandarin peels, I would drop them straight into the sugar water to make enzymes. Once the amount of peels is sufficient, then I will store that bottle for harvesting later…and yes, I would add a little sludge or enzyme to that sugar water at the beginning. This way is more convenient and easier than having to save enough peels to make a batch of enzymes. :wink:

        Happy Chinese New Year to you, too! :D

        With best wishes,

        choesf :D

  91. 206

    Anne said,

    Hi Choesf

    I’m new to your site having stumbled on it while searching for a ‘cure’ for my tiled floor. A friend gave me some of her homemade citric peel enzymes as I was trying to rid my floor of the ants and insects. I mixed a quarter cup of it with half a pail of water and mopped my floor with it. However, when the floor has dried, I can see streaks and patchiness. I am horrified. I’ve tried re-mopping with just water but it doesn’t work. I’ve probably mopped my floor 3 times now and my whole floor seem ruined. Pls, can you tell me what went wrong? The floor is very clean now, but the marks on it makes it look terrible.

    Kind regards
    Anne

    • 207

      Hi there, dear Annie :D

      So far, I have no problems with using the citrus enzyme on my floor tiles – I have both polished tiles and homogeneous/rough tiles.

      Perhaps, the streaks and patches on your floor are either spots of grime that have been removed by the enzyme, or spots of grime leftover. Maybe a few more times of using the enzyme to mop your floor will clean up those streaks and patches.

      From my initial experience, it will take about 3 to 5 occasions of using the enzyme on your floor before the “old dirt” are completely removed as the enzyme eats organically into the dirt. :idea:

      Why don’t you test out on one of your floor tile in a corner of the room first with this ===> dip an old dish towel into a enzyme-water solution (1/4 cup enzyme to 1 cup water) and rub that over that one piece of floor tile. Then wipe off with just water. See if the streaks and patches are still there. If they are gone, it means they are just old grime yet to be removed by the enzyme.

      The diluted enzyme used to mop the floor should be quite gentle and shouldn’t harm the floor tiles. The commercial floor wash is even stronger.

      Good Luck! Hope you get the streaks off!

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D


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