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Make Your Floors Safe For Small Children, Shinier & Easier To Clean With A Homemade Improved, Natural Floor Wash

Super shiny and clean floor from combining two amazing, natural ingredients as floor wash

Super shiny and clean floor from combining two amazing, natural ingredients as floor wash

Hi there, dear friends 😀

Five years ago,  I wrote about making our own homemade multi-purpose cleaning citrus fruit enzyme and since then, I have been adding that enzyme to my pail of water for mopping my polished floor tiles. Mopping polished floor tiles can be challenging because if the mopping is not done correctly or the floor wash is not appropriate, unsightly streaks can be seen on the floor . 

Although the enzyme water does help make my floor shinier and easier to mop compared to using a commercial floor wash, I recently found out that by adding another natural ingredient to the enzyme water – my mopping job has become more effortless, because the “new and improved” homemade enzyme floor wash gets dirt and grime off the floor even more easily, as evidenced by how fast the pail of water got dirty during mopping – I usually have to change the water before continuing mopping. 

Benji

I have a large beagle that stays indoor with us,  and he slobbers all over the floor! So, I really appreciated the boost that the extra ingredient gave to my enzyme floor wash, because  the combination is even more efficient in easily lifting dog slobber, paw prints and dirt effortlessly off my polished floor tiles!

Results ===> a squeaky, shiny clean floor in a jiffy! We walk barefoot at home, and I could really feel the improved clean to the floor with the added ingredient. The floor grouting is also getting lighter and cleaner.

If you have small children, babies who are at the crawling stage, or pets,  and you need a really efficient floor wash that is safe for your children and can clean well after dirt caused by your pets, you can make your own all natural floor wash – it is really simple and no rinsing is required after mopping the  floor. Now, how easy is that?  

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How To Make Sure Your WD40 Spray Can Tube Stays In Place & Never Goes Missing Again

I stuck the red tube with a little Dunlop rubber glue nozzle

I stuck the red tube into place with a little Dunlop rubber glue 

Hi there, dear friends 😀 

I use WD40 frequently at home to lubricate my auto-gate hinges, door and window hinges, padlocks, door knobs, drawer rollers, etc…but I always hate it whenever the thin red tube falls off in the middle of the spraying job and it can get difficult to stick the oily tube back into its place !  **rolling eyes**

…or whenever I need the WD40, I can’t find the tiny, red tube anywhere nearby! 

So, I tried tying the tube to the canister with a rubber band so that I don’t lose it…but over time, the rubber band would get warped and break, and the tube would drop off somewhere…again.

I also tried taping the tube, but because the tube gets oily over time, it wouldn’t stay glued …and off it goes missing…… again! 

..and then there are those times when the spray can tube was bent awkwardly into some little nook and cranny to lubricate some hard to reach areas…the tube fell off and I couldn’t retrieve it! Aaarrghh !!

So….. 

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Orange Infused Vinegar To Make Homemade Cleaning Enzymes Smell Better, To Repel Ants

Orange Infused Vinegar

Hi there, dear friends 😀

I was reading up on vinegars for cooking when I stumbled across this Orange Infused Vinegar which is used primarily for cleaning.

Then an idea came to me ===> why don’t I  mix some of the Orange Infused Vinegar to my Homemade Enzyme Cleaner for a better fragrance ?  💡

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A Simple Way To Remove Stale, Musty Smells & Terrible Odours From Your Vacuum Cleaners

Hi there, dear friends 😀

If you have a vacuum cleaner that is similar to mine (pictured above) and have been using it a few years, you will know exactly what I mean when I complain about the awful stale smells that come out through the air outlet when the vacuum cleaner is in use. 😆

If you also have pets in your home, especially dogs that have their doggy smells and that shed their fur a lot (like my Beagle, Benji), then your vacuum cleaner is bound to emit some foul odours after being in use for a while. 🙄

I have tried spraying air fresheners into the box that collects dust, hairs, etc.. (my vacuum cleaner is the bagless type) but they only mask the bad smells for a while, and sometimes, the smells are made worse.

Now, I had also tried putting a few drops of essectial oils into my vacuum cleaner’s dust box but the thing is this – as long as the stale smells are not removed, they will still stand out over the over the pleasant essential oil smell. 👿

Yesterday, I decided to apply the same thing I use to remove smells from mattresses – I had written about that about 4 years ago here :-

How To Remove Urine & Other Odours From Mattresses

Use Medicated Powder !   💡

 

There are many brands of medicated powder in the market but any brand that you have or are familiar with should work as well. 💡

Please note that I am not being paid by Electrolux or Ammens companies to promote their products.  😉

Here’s what I did – it’s really easy ===>

1) just give a few liberal shakes (I would say about 3 tablespoonful) of Ammens Powder onto the floor and then vacuum that up.

2) continue to go about your vacuuming chore

3) after about 5 minutes of vacuuming, you will notice the musty, stale vacuum smell is gone, replaced by the smell of the medicated powder

4) after you are done vacuuming, empty your dust bag or box, and then suck up another few shakes of Ammens powder.

5) store your vacuum cleaner and let the medicated powder continue to neutralise the odours in the vacuum cleaner, hoses, filters and dust box

6) on your next use of the vacuum cleaner, see if the stale smells are all or almost gone. If yes, then you can put a few drops of your favourite essential oils, like Lavendar or Rose, into the dust box…or just vacuum/suck up a few drops of the oils.

Voila! There you have it ….  a cleaner and fresher smelling vacuum cleaner! 😀

Hope this technique works for you, too.

With best wishes,

choesf 😀

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Using Homemade Enzymes To Fix & Clean Water Leaking Air-Conditioners

homemade-citrus-enzyme-cleaner-005-smallMy newly prepared fruit enzyme cleaner made from lemon and orange peels

(READ HERE for the homemade cleaning enzyme recipe)

Hello there, dear friends 😀

After an unusual period of rainy weather, the hot and humid heatwave is back again in tropical Malaysia and the air-conditioners become a necessity again to get a good night’s sleep! 

Somehow, electrical appliances tend to go out of order at the wrong time, and in my case, my bedroom air-conditioner developed a  leak  at 11pm on a Saturday! Aaarrggghhh…..how frustrating!  At least, if it needed a technician to come and fix it, it could have chosen to break down on a weekday afternoon, right?  What a bad timing indeed! 🙄  😆

The thought of having to sleep and sweat through the hot night was too unbearable and definitely out of the question. My other alternative was to leave the air-conditioner on and bear with the continuously leaking water sounds ===> drip, drip, drip…..oh, one would never be able to sleep well through all that..well, at least not for me as I am a very light sleeper. 😆 

So, out of desperation, I thought of using my homemade enzyme cleaner to see if it could help fix my leaky air-conditioner. I know the leak was caused by some blockage in the water drainage pipes and I know enzymes can help to clear the kitchen sink outlet pipes.  💡

Wow, good news! My air-conditioner stopped leaking immediately after I sprayed enzyme all over the metal slates of the air-cond and it didn’t leak again for a good one week. Then it started leaking again and I did the enzyme “treatment” again and that stopped the leak. So, I presumed that I should have sprayed the enzyme cleaner more often to clear the air-conditioner pipe better.

Another reason why I thought of using the enzyme was because every time my air-conditioners are being serviced by my regular technician, he always poured a little enzyme onto the air-conditioner slates after he has installed the air-conditioner after cleaning/servicing.  That was to help clear the outlet pipe for water condensation, he said. Anyway, he was the one that also taught me how to make my own enzyme cleaners. 😆 

I found out from an electrician and my technician that the stuff or gunge that is blocking the air-conditioner water condensation outlet pipe is some jelly-like stuff and if that is the case, then the enzyme should work in breaking down or “melting” the jelly. 💡

Here’s the method on how to use your homemade enzymes to clean and fix your leaky air-conditioner (split unit A/C only)  :-

1) prepare a strong enzyme cleaner of 1 part enzyme (strained)  to 1 part water in a spray bottle.  Add a tablespoon of baking soda to balance the acidity of the enzyme so that it doesn’t rust the parts of the air conditioner. Give the mixture a good shake in the spray bottle.

2) turn off the air-conditioner (if you haven’t by now)

3) if you can remove the plastic cover of the air-conditioner, that makes it easier to the enzyme onto the metal slates by giving you more room/space to work. Otherwise, pull up the cover as high as it can go. 

4) remove the air-conditioner filters. Either vacuum the filtered dust off or given the filters a good rinse in the bathroom and let dry.

5) carefully spray the enzyme cleaning solution onto the air-conditioner slates.  Be sure to avoid spraying onto areas that are connected to wires or any other electronic boards. For this , I had used up almost a whole cup of the cleaning enzyme mixture. 

6) give the enzyme about 30 minutes or so to clean the slates and blocked piping.

7) turn back on the air-conditioner and see if the air-conditioner has stopped leaking. If not, spray another cup of the enzyme mixture and see if it will work this time. It should as it was successful for me on the two occasions that I tried out this method of fixing the leaks of my bedroom air-conditioner.

It is best to give a few more “enzyme treatments” to your air-conditioner the next day to allow further cleaning and clearing of the water outlet piping.

Caution!

1) do this “enzyme treatment” at your own risk of damaging your air-conditioner! This is only an emergency measure for those times when you can’t get your technician to come and fix your air-conditioner.

2) if you can, try to check the air-conditioner outlet pipe to see if there is water flowing out when the air-conditioner is on. The rate and amount of water flow will tell you how bad the pipe is blocked and the seriousness of the leaking problem. The “enzyme treatment” may not work if the pipe is completely blocked.

3) it is best is you can get your air-conditioner technician to check it out and give it a proper cleaning to prevent further leakings.

Good Luck!

With best wishes,

choesf 😀


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

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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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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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