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 use – I 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. 💡
With best wishes,