Archive for September, 2009

Use Your Homemade Enzyme To Clean Your Washing Machine & Rid It Of Odours & Mildew Buildup Forever !


Hi there, dear friends 😀

Two years ago, I had written about using bleach and vinegar to get clean my washing machine in the post :-

Remember to clean your washing machine monthly

However, since I started using the miracle homemade fruit enzymes (READ HERE on how to make your own enzymes at almost zero costs) for all my household cleaning purpose, my washing machine no longer has any bad smells and mildewy buildups.  Because I also use enzyme to do my laundry daily, my washing machine is going to stay odour free and clean on the inside all the time.

For those who will be cleaning their front loading washing machine for the first time using homemade enzyme, here are the instructions :-

1) unplug the washing machine

2) remove everything on and around the washing machine

3) get ready the following items :-

  • a small pail,
  • 2 old face towels or rags,
  • 2 to 4 cups of enzyme,
  • scrub brush with a long handle,
  • a roll of paper kitchen towels,
  • a spray bottle filled with enzyme (use full concentration for tough cleaning, diluted with some water for milder jobs)

4) remove the detergent drawer. To remove caked mould and dirt effectively, soak it in some concentrated enzyme for the moment.

5) spray inside the area which holds the detergent drawer with undiluted enzyme

6) use a few pieces of paper kitchen towels to wipe off the yucky mess in the folds of the rubber ring at the door opening.  Remove as much of the dirt as you can

7) dilute one cup of enzyme with 5 cups of water in  the pail

8 ) wet the rag in the diluted enzyme and rub it all around the folds of the rubber ring. Rinse cloth and repeat again until as clean as possible.  Pour away the pail  of water that is now dirty

9) prepare another batch of cleaning solution in the pail, i.e. 1  cup of enzyme with 5 cups of water

10) wet another piece of rag in pail of  diluted enzyme and wipe all the other surfaces of the washing machine, i.e. door, knobs, sides, top, etc…

11) use the long-handled brush to scrub at the area that holds the detergent drawer. If possible, do like I did – use a hose to spray some water at the same time you brush away the caked dirt there. If not, then just spray more enzyme or water while you remove the dirt. Flush or spray with water until that area is as clean as possible.

12) for the detergent drawer that has been soaking in the enzyme, use a brush to scrub away the grime there. If need be, use an old toothbrush to get at those hard to reach area. Rinse clean and put back the drawer back into the washing machine.

13) the final step of cleaning your washing machine is to put in 2 cups of enzyme into the detergent drawer, plug back in your washing machine and put it through a normal wash cycle (without any dirty laundry) with a temperature of 37 degrees Celcius or 98 degrees Fahrenheit. The enzymes work best at this temperature. 💡

There you have it…your washing machine is now clean on the inside and the outside and even the water pipe outlets should be cleaned by the enzyme….and most important of all, there is no more smells and fungus and  mildew there! 😀

How to get your laundry really clean and good smelling ?

Answer :- Just add in a quarter cup of enzyme to the detergent! 💡

I noticed that when enzyme is used together with laundry detergent, my laundry no longer smells funny. Even the fragrance of the fabric softener is enhanced. Somehow, the enzyme helps to remove the bacteria in the laundry – a good confirmation this is my laundry no longers smells mildewy even when we have no sun and it has been raining for 2 days. Previously, in this kind of environment, my clothes will smell a bit mouldy and I would have to re-wash them again.  🙄

For really dirty laundry, just soak it overnight in your washing machine (remember to add in 1/4 cup of enzyme), and continue the wash first thing the next morning! Voila! My towels are so white and fresh smelling these days! 😀

Hope you can try the enzyme out yourselves to see how it will work for you. I bet you will be happy with your washing machine and doing laundry from now onwards!

With best wishes,

choesf 😀


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My Best Ever, Delicious Beef & Chicken Rendang Recipe For Hari Raya 2009

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Chicken Rendang

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Beef Rendang

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Hi there, dear friends 😀

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri and Happy Id to all my Muslim friends from around the world! 😀

This is the third year that I had cooked a traditional Malay feast for Hari Raya. The first time, I made Rendang with Beef but for the second year, we had Chicken Rendang instead. This year, I couldn’t decide on which meat and so I had cooked both Chicken and Beef Rendang instead! 😆

Am I glad I did! Because the new recipe that I had followed this year turned out to be so delicious that all my rendang was finished in just 3 meals! We had it for lunch, dinner and for dinner the next day with Nasi Lemak.  When my husband first tasted this year’s Hari Raya feast, he was in absolute heaven and he said, “If I were to die right now, I will die a very happy man!”…and he continue to stuff himself with more Ketupat, Kuah Kacang and Rendang! 😆 🙄

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Ketupat (Rice in Coconut Casings) and Kuah Kacang (Satay or Peanut Sauce)

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Somehow, this year, my Hari Raya cooking was perfect (IMHO) as even the Ketupat was of the right texture. The Ketupat was the main star of the meal as the coconut casings are NOT available throughout the year but only for the Hari Raya festival and the other Muslim festival in November/December…I forgot the name of that festival. 😳

READ HERE for my Kuah Kacang Recipe, and for instructions on how to cook the Ketupat, READ HERE.

For 2009, I cooked 1 1/2 kg of Beef Brisket and 1 large whole chicken (separately). Because I was also making Kuah Kacang, I made 3 portions of the ingredients for the Rendang recipe. This helps to cut down some of the cooking time and in one go, I had already cooked the Rendang/Kuah Kacang paste together. 💡

The Beef Rendang was simmered over 3 hours, with frequent stirring to prevent burning at the bottom of the wok, whilst the Chicken Rendang was slow cooked over 1 1/2 hours (chicken take a shorter time to get soft).

Although the recipe may seem like tedious, cooking rendangs is like that but its heavenly taste will more than make up the time and effort that you have put into cooking this. Best is when you see your family or friends tucking happily into your rendangs and you will be very proud of your achievement! 😉


Here is the recipe for the Delicious & Fragrant Beef Rendang (for more meat, just increase the amount of ingredients accordingly) –

250 grated coconut, to make kerisik or toasted coconut (READ HERE for Kerisik recipe. You can make this in advance and refrigerate)

1 1/2  kg Beef Brisket, washed, cut into cubes  ( can use Beef Chuck also)


(A) Ingredients to be dry roasted in a wok/pan over a small fire for about 5 minutes, cooled down, and then pounded or grinded :-

35 gm whole black peppercorns

35 gm coriander seeds

35 gm fennel seeds

35 gm cumin seeds

(the dry roasting makes these spices very aromatic)


(B) Ingredients to be blended with a cup of water to make a spice paste :-

100 gm galangal

60 gm ginger, skin removed

60 gm fresh turmeric root, skin removed

1 whole bulb garlic, skin removed

60 gm dried red chili (soaked in hot water until soft. Can be replaced with 1 cup good Chili Boh)

300 gm shallots, skin removed

3 to 4 stalks serai or lemon grass (use bottom white part only)


Other ingredients to be prepared and set aside :-

2 cinnamon sticks (about6 cm long each)

20 cloves

6 star anise

1 cup or 250 ml oil for frying rendang paste

Thick Santan or Milk from 3 coconuts, or 3 cans or 3  180ml packets

2 cups or 500 ml of water to be added to coconut milk

3 turmeric leaves, cut into 2 cm lengths

1 piece kaffir lime leaf, cut into 1 inch width

Salt & Sugar to taste (for me, I had put about 3 tbsps of sugar and 2 tbsp of salt, but it is better that you estimate your own amounts)


Cooking Instructions :-

1) Heat up wok with oil and add in cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise. Fry for 1 minute.

2) Add in the blended ingredients/spice paste (B)  and fry until they are dry and aromatic… and the oil separates. Keep stirring frequently.

3) Add in the powdered spices (A) and mix thoroughly into spice paste.

4) Add in the beef cubes. Fry for about 5  minutes.

5) Add in the coconut milk and water.

6) Bring to a boil…..then lower heat to small and simmer for about 2 to 3 hours, depending on the cut of beef that you are using.

7) Add in the turmeric and kaffir lime leaves, and the kerisik and stir thoroughly….bring up the heat again to boil the rendang again, then lower heat to simmer until the oil separates at the top, from the kerisik.

8) Add salt and sugar to taste.


– if your rendang mixture gets too dry but your meat is still tough,  add in half cups of water at a time.

– if you don’t want your rendang to be too dry, you can add more water to it and simmer for at least another 20 minutes

– to make your rendang lasts longer over a few days, refrigerate immediately when cool and only take out enough portions for a meal

– you can also freeze some rendang for eating later. Just bring to a boil again over a small heat.

– my family all agree that the Beef Rendang tasted much better than the Chicken Rendang.

Hope you will give this recipe a try and do let me know how your rendang turns out, okay?

Happy Cooking!

With best wishes,

choesf 😀

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Shortcut To Reduce The Fermentation Time Of Your Fruit Cleaning Enzyme

Enzyme Sludge & Yeast To Speed Up Enzyme FermentationLeft – 1 teaspoon of yeast was added

Middle – 2 teaspoons of yeast was added

Right – Sludge from another matured enzyme was added (about 1/2 cup)

Good morning, dear friends 😀

All credit of this wonderful tip to shorten the fermentation period of the Eco or Fruit Enzyme for cleaning goes to visitor Jon Q, who had commented at my post earlier of Recipe For Eco or Fruit Enzyme for Cleaning.

Jon Q said,

August 20, 2009 @ 11:16 pm ·

This is a great idea! I’m trying it now. The reason it takes so long to ferment is that you’re relying on the tiny amount of natural yeast that lives on the citrus peels to reproduce and eat all that sugar. Since there isn’t much yeast at the beginning, it takes a long time to get the fermentation going.

You can speed it up considerably by adding a spoonful of yeast at the beginning. It should take less than two weeks if there’s enough yeast. Another way to speed it up is to save the liquid / sludge at the bottom and use it in your next batch, it will speed things up a lot. Try using a balloon instead of a lid, it will stop the bottles exploding.

If you look at the picture above, you will notice that the bottle with the enzyme sludge added has a more “mature” look in the colour of the enzyme. This shows that enzyme sludge is more effective in speeding up the fermentation process of the cleaning enzyme.

Hmmm….I wonder if the same concept (of using the slush) will work for drinking enzymes? 😆

With this method, I can now harvest a lot of cleaning enzymes in a shorter time, enough for me to liberally use the enzymes for cleaning effectively.

Happy Cleaning!

With best wishes,

choesf 😀

P.S. Due to the feedback received from visitor, tt, that the bottle of enzyme exploded overnight – please exercise caution before you open the enzyme bottle in case it explodes and the bottle cap hurtles like a missile and may hurt you.

When yeast is added to speed up the fermentation process, the amount of gas buildup is multipled also, and you will need to check your bottles for tension more often.

Here are some tips to stay safe and not have to clean up a big mess :-

1) to test the extent of the gas buildup in the bottle, give the bottle a slight squeeze (if the bottle is not made from hard material) – the degree of tension or flexibility of the squeeze will tell you whether an explosion if likely or not

2) invert a plastic bag over the bottle before opening it – in the event of an explosion, the mess is contained within the plastic bag and the cap will not hurt you

3) to prevent an explosion – remember to check the bottles frequently by opening the caps daily (even a few times a day if time permits).

4) do not make the bottles airtight but keep the cap closed partially with just a couple of twists.

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Rice Water Enzyme – Good For Cleaning Oily Surfaces, Kitchen, Plastic Containers, Tupperware

Rice Water Enzyme

Right – Rice Water Enzyme Concentrate

Left – Rice Water Enzyme + Dish Detergent + Water

===>  For washing dishes

Good evening, dear friends 😀

Quite some time ago, I was watching a show from Hong Kong on TV where chefs were taking part in a culinary competition. During the show, they were asked what was most effective in cleaning the oily surfaces in restaurant kitchens – their answer was a real surprise to me ===> rice water! 😯

The chefs said “Mai Shui”, which in Cantonese means “Rice Water” or water left from rinsing the rice before cooking.

Naturally, my interest was perked upon hearing that we can use rice water for cleaning purposes. Of course, I tried using some to clean my kitchen hob and splatter wall tiles but it didn’t work at all. In fact, I got a messy and really oily wash cloth – more oily stuff to clean! 🙄 😆

So, I forgot about the whole thing until last month, when I was told about the Rice Water Enzyme by a lady who has a “economy rice’ or “mixed rice” stall. We were sharing notes on the using of enzymes for cleaning and she said she read about the Rice Water Enzyme in a magazine.

Here’s the Rice Water Enzyme Recipe :-

Rice Water (from the first rinse when washing rice before cooking)

Brown or Red Sugar or Jaggery – at least 100 gm to 2 litres of rice water

Method – mix both thoroughly in a plastic bottle. Enzyme is ready to use after ONE (1) WEEK!

Tip – this enzymes smells a bit and to overcome that, I added some bruised lemon grass and lemon peels.

To useI added 1/2 cup of Rice Water Enzyme to 1/4 cup dish detergent and 1 cup water and stored this cleaning solution in a bottle. This mixture is further diluted with water depending on the degree of oiliness of my dishes, pots, kitchen wall tiles and stove tops, etc.

The dish detergent is to give the cleaning mixture some suds, because the enzyme on its own has no suds/lather.

I am very happy with the efficacy of the Rice Water Enzyme in cutting grease and oils effectively…more so than the Eco Enzyme or Fruit Enzyme that I had made earlier. Only problem is this enzyme is also more abrasive on my hands compared to the Fruit Enzyme, which had, on the contrary, helped to soften my hands a bit from all those cleaning. 😆

I find the Rice Water Enzyme especially good in heavy cleaning jobs like washing oily plastic containers like Tupperwares, greasy pots and woks, oil splattered wall tiles in the kitchen and mixing bowls with remains of cake batter.

With a normal dish detergent previously, I would have squirted lots of it and many rounds of washing to get my plasticware oil free. But with this enzyme, just an easy rub or two with the sponge would make the plasticware quickly oil free. It’s really amazing how the Rice Water Enzyme works but you have got to try it yourself to see. 😉

To clean my kitchen sink outlet pipes, now and then, I would pour about 1 cup of the enzyme into the sink holes when all the washing in the kitchen is done for the night. I am hoping that the enzyme would help to cut some of the grease in the pipes as well as breakdown the sludge buildup in there. 💡

Happy Cleaning!

With best wishes,

choesf 😀

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