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

===>Ā  For washing dishes

Good evening, dear friends šŸ˜€

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! šŸ˜Æ

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! šŸ™„ šŸ˜†

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. šŸ˜†

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. šŸ˜‰

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. šŸ’”

Happy Cleaning!

With best wishes,

choesf šŸ˜€

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41 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    yen1908 said,

    Hi choesf

    I did the rice enzymes abt a week ago & today ready to use but I found some black foam floating on the surface. Is it still usable or should I throw it away and make new one? Please advise. Thank you.

    take care
    yen

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    • 2

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Good morning, dear yen1908 šŸ˜€

      I think it is better to just throw it away. So far, I have made 5 batches of rice water enzyme and there was no black formations. Maybe it could be some reaction with the bottle you used? I am only guessing… šŸ˜³

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  2. 3

    yen1908 said,

    Hi choesf

    Wow, looks scary, bigger black foams floating on the surface. Yeah, will do as you said! Will make another one. Thanks.

    PS This morning it was raining cats and dogs and it reminded me of your picture on heavy rain with tree really has a eerrriieeee feel………………

    take care, remember to take time to smell your flowers
    yen

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    • 4

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear yen1908 šŸ˜€

      Wow, your rice enzyme really have scary reactions. Try another batch and see if the same happens…hope not. Sigh….I am still very busy training my Beagle puppy, he is better these days but still a lot of work taking care of him in addition to my usual chores. Going to run out of battery soon and I better recharge myself by taking some time out and smelling the flowers like you said..thanks for reminding me! šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  3. 5

    Joyce said,

    Hihi,

    Finally, I manage to the brown sugar.
    How did the recipe actually work ?
    Bit confuse on the ratio side….

    Can you guide me ….

    Regards,

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    • 6

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Joyce šŸ˜€

      I’m glad you got the brown sugar. For the rice water enzyme, there was no recipe and the lady that taught me this only gave me verbal instructions. The sugar amount can be estimated. I used 1 cup or 250 gms of brown sugar to 2 litres of rice water. I used the rice water after 1 week of fermentation. Initially, the enzyme is quite abrasive on my hands but after a longer period, it’s not so bad. Perhaps, you can post some feedback here after you have tried it out? Thank you. šŸ˜†

      Good Luck with your enzyme!

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  4. 7

    Joyce said,

    Hi,

    For this rice water enzyme, the ratio of sugar is quite high leh….
    I cant remember which topic did i i copy down this recipe from your blog….

    For every 1 litre of rice water, use at least 50gm of brown sugar (can put more sugar if you just want to estimate. 50 gm is about 5 tablespoons of sugar).

    But base on your earlier reply, you mention 250gm sugar to 2 litres of water, i find the ratio bit too high leh on sugar….or did i copy wrongly šŸ˜¦

    And of course the fermentation period is far much away….
    Oh i miss out that you mention the enzyme is quite abrasive on yr hands … mmm mb i got to switch to do the fruits/veg enzyme lol. Cos i do alot of washing etc….wait my hands rough rough leh….

    For garbage enzyme, i see you only use lemon, orange mainly. Have you try using veg and other type of fruit to create the brownish colour enzyme for cleaning etc ?

    Regards,

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    • 8

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi again, dear Joyce šŸ˜€

      Ooops… šŸ˜³ I was in a haste replying you just now that I remembered wrongly the sugar measurement. You were right šŸ˜‰ …..so, for the 2 litre of rice water, you put in 100 gm of brown sugar, not 250gm like I had stated earlier. Phew! Thank you for correcting me. šŸ˜†

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  5. 9

    des said,

    hello!Thank you very much for the recipe.

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  6. 11

    'O~o!! said,

    Hello i ‘m confused with the ratio you stated and another one in one of your replies
    Is it 2 litre of rice water to 100gms of brown sugar or 1 litre to 100gms

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    • 12

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear O~o šŸ˜€

      Heheh, I apologise for the confusion there šŸ˜³ it should be 100 gms of brown sugar to 2 litres of rice water. I have amended the recipe already. Getting old with progressively worse far sighted eyes already… šŸ˜³ šŸ˜†

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  7. 13

    O~o said,

    Thkx very much

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  8. 15

    God's Dancing Child said,

    I assume this rice that is being rinsed is not like the rice that is found in bags at the supermarket in America….?
    How do you rinse the rice? Is it soaked for a short time before draining it?

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    • 16

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear God’s Dancing Child šŸ˜€

      I think some types of rice sold in supermarkets in America requires just one rinse only? Anyway, the rice water that is used here for the enzyme is obtained from washing the rice before cooking. Usually, the rice found here in Malaysia requires a few rinsings until the water is clear (clean). Use the first rinse to make the enzyme. There is no need to soak the rice for a while but just use your hands to make gentle rubbing motions to clean the rice. šŸ’”

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  9. 17

    BJoz said,

    Dearest Choesf,
    I promised I would return and let you know how my rice water with lavender and rosemary turned out. It smells a little better than the plain but it is not an offensive smell at all. I have just cleaned my oven and I think it is better than the plain rice water enzyme. This one has turned into a liquid gel, the plain rice water enzyme did not, it is still very watery. The chrome racks were so easy to clean. I soaked them in the laundry sink with the enzyme and warm water and it a wipe with a green scourer and a rinse and they were sparkling. Normally it takes a lot of scrubbing with commercial cleaners. I have only cleaned the bottom of the oven itself as my son wishes to use it, the burnt on overflow from casseroles and cheese came right off easily, with just a cloth! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

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    • 18

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there, dear Bjoz šŸ˜€

      Heheh, welcome to the group of “really satisfied users of homemade enzymes”! šŸ˜† Now you know how well the enzymes help in making our cleaning jobs much easier. Thank you for your feedback on oven cleaning with enzymes. šŸ˜€

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  10. 19

    BJoz said,

    Just thought I would add, I used water off white Australian rice, bought dry in the supermarket. I stirred the rice in the water before draining so I got as much rice starch as I could. I always rinse the rice well first, it helps it to not stick together or to the pot.

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    • 20

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Yes, your technique of washing rice will yield a higher level of starch content in the water. It also makes the rice less starchy and not too sticky. šŸ˜‰

      With best wishes,

      choesf :d

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  11. 21

    Ada said,

    Hi I hope you can help me. I made the rice enzymes according to your instruction. The liquid didn’t change much in appearance. I try to use it after one week. It didn’t look like it had the power of dissolving grease at all. I still have to use detergent. It just smells really bad. Do you have any idea what I did wrong??

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    • 22

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hello there and welcome, dear Ada šŸ˜€

      I’m not sure what went wrong with your rice enzyme šŸ˜³ ….it does smell “fermented” but not really disgusting. Maybe you can try another batch of rice enzyme and see. Or perhaps, it is good to do the fruit cleaning enzymes instead. šŸ’”

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  12. 23

    aozora said,

    Hi

    I tried making the rice water enzyme but there was white mold floating on the water. Is it safe to use the enzyme? Thanks

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    • 24

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear aozora šŸ˜€

      Try to see if shaking the bottle of rice enzyme often will deter the mould from growing. My fruit enzymes also grow mould, too, when I forget to shake the bottles but the mould will disappear when the bottle are shaken. The mould is a sign of fermentation and should be okay. šŸ˜‰

      Do have a wonderful weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  13. 25

    shellitosmith said,

    I am going to have so much rice enzyme water. It’s possible that I read the post wrong, But I made the rice water in a 2 liter bottle with 500 grams of brown sugar. Having read your last post, I will split it up into many bottles. We have 2 tiles bathrooms and my kitchen is tiled and back-splashed with tile also. Looks like I am going to have so much fun.

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    • 26

      Hi there, dear Shellitosmith šŸ˜€

      Yes, you did right in splitting the rice water enzyme you have made into a few more bottles – I would say four 2-litre bottles would be about right. Just add rice water to top up those bottles. I have had feedback from some friends who use rice water enzyme to clean everything in their house. šŸ˜†

      Have fun using the enzyme!

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  14. 27

    shellitosmith said,

    Thanks for the reply. Right now I don’t have enough bottles. I’m drinking as fast as I can. I do have some citrus cleaner brewing, one with orange and another with pineapple. Waiting is boring, but when I read the replies, I thought I would add some yeast. I did my best guesstamate with the yeast, but have no idea how long it cuts the brewing time down to.

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    • 28

      You are most welcome, dear shellitosmith! If you are using yeast to hasten the fermentation time of the fruit enzymes, the 3-month waiting period can be shortened to 2 weeks to 1 month. You will have to keep testing the enzyme to see how well it cleans – the longer it is fermented, the better its efficacy. šŸ’”

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  15. 29

    Chuhan said,

    Hi choesf

    I found this article very useful for me these days!!!!
    I am really interested in your recipe. Is there any scientific evidence to show it’s principle? I am quite curious.
    I will try to use your recipe!! I am from China, the dishes after the dining are so oily and rice is like the most common food in a Chinese kitchen.

    Hope to hear from you soon!! You could send me e-mail in case I cannot follow your website on time.

    Chuhan

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    • 30

      Hi there, dear Chuhan šŸ˜€

      There is no scientific evidence on this method .. I was just experimenting with using rice water as an enzyme for cleaning purposes. My friend likes to make this for washing her bathrooms, too. šŸ’”

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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      • 31

        Chuhan said,

        Thanks for your reply choesf

        I am a product designer and I am researching on the rice water.
        Rice water is a very common detergent since hundreds years ago in China. People using it for washing hair, face, vegetables. It is amazing to see that people from other country using it as well!!!! I am interested in this well being life style and people who enjoy it(including you and your friend). Could you answer me some questions?

        1. What makes you being interested in handmade detergent? Why are you passionate about it? How about your friends?

        2.How many people do you know who enjoy make their own detergent or other well being handmade products around you?

        3. Is their any website or institute for people like you usually visit for this kind of information? Is it popular among you and your friends?

        Hoping you could reply!!!

        Thank you very much!!!

        Chuhan

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      • 32

        Hi there, dear Chuhan šŸ˜€

        Anything that is practical and doesn’t cost much but are effective for cleaning purposes is a fascinating area for me. However, I am not using 100% using eco-friendly products as I am still using commercial products like bleach, laundry detergent, etc for certain cleaning purposes. I would say that half of my friends are making this fruit enzymes for cleaning…usually homemakers. We don’t have any particular websites that we follow…we usually share information from word of mouth. šŸ˜‰

        With best wishes,

        choesf šŸ˜€

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  16. 33

    John Woo the Laffing Booda 777 said,

    Western science has only 500 years or so history but Ancient Chinese Indian or Native American medicines and healing methodologies had over 5000 …….. if something works … USE IT !!! AMEN !!! Namaste !!!

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  17. 34

    Kelly said,

    Hi, is the rice water enzyme suppose to smell sourish, abit like garbage smell, tho not that bad.
    Also, y do I feel like it doesn’t clean that well? I added detergent in it, it’s very watery. Everytime cleaning oily dishes, my sponge tend to get very oily. Is there something wrong with teh enzyme I did or izit my sponge problem?

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    • 35

      Hi there, Kelly šŸ˜€

      Yes, the rice water enzyme will smell a bit sourish, like fermented. I am not sure about why it is not cleaning oil well. Maybe you can put more enzyme or change the sponge?

      Nowadays, there are very good and cheap sponges for cleaning dishes and they can remove oil very well. I buy them from Daiso and from Mr DIY – a packet of 4 or 5 sponges costs only RM5-20 and RM3-10 respectively at those two stores – those sponges can remove oil easily.

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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  18. 36

    Rachel Chung said,

    Morning it’s me again!

    I want to share that my rice water smell quite funky though I added some lemon peels (STILL FUNKY!)

    Anyway, I wanted to ask, for your recipe, you said you add 1/2 cup rice water enzyme to 1/4 cup dish detergent. I want to clarify that the dish detergent is pure undiluted one am I right? Because at home, we usually dilute our dish detergent before we use to wash our dishes.

    So just want to make sure I got the correct consistency.

    Thanks in advance. I hope it doesnt make my dishes smell funky!! Will try it next week.

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    • 37

      Hi there, Rachel šŸ˜€

      Yes, I agree, the rice water enzyme smells weird! Lol!

      Yes, I mixed it with undiluted dish detergent. But they is no rules to follow, you can try the proportions out and see which works best for you.

      With best wishes,

      choesf šŸ˜€

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      • 38

        Rachel Chung said,

        Oh Okay! I will try it out and see. I hope I am able to stand the smell… If it doesn’t really work then I guess we will stop making the rice water enzyme hehe..

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      • 39

        Hehe, frankly, I gave up on rice water enzyme because of the smell but my friend in Singapore continues to make it for cleaning bathrooms because it is easier to make than fruit cleaning enzyme. Lol! šŸ˜€

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      • 40

        Rachel Chung said,

        I cannot stand the smell.. T_T my hands smell like garbage šŸ˜¦ and even when my son lao sai in his diaper i couldn’t tell the difference coz i tot the smell was from my hands ( i washed the dishes prior to that). Until he took off his pants and told me “wet wet” only I realised his diarrhoea leaked out til his pants! Imagine the smell is so similar… LOL, now i laugh when I think back. But I think i will just use up the remaining to wash the toilet bowls and that will be the end of it… cannot cannot tahan the smell…

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      • 41

        Good morning, Rachel šŸ˜€

        Oh, your son is so cute – he told you he lao sai! Yes, you can use the rest of the rice water enzyme to wash toilets. Lol!

        With best wishes,

        choesf šŸ˜€

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