Home-made Enzymes

home made enzymer

I got turned onto enzymes when I went to a party. The company was a “clean” cleaning products company. They had microfiber cloths, and all kinds of cleansers that had essential oils and their toilet cleaner was enzymes. Well, I didn’t really want to pay as much as they wanted for such a little bottle. I love the internet, you can find anything. I found this recipe for home-made enzymes. And I’m going to pass it along. This recipe can be found at several different sites and I will reference them below.  These are so easy!

Ingredients:

  1. About 2 cups Lemons or other citrus scraps, peels mainly, cut into tiny pieces. I’ve even used grapefruit and it worked so well! This is great to make in the winter time when you have lots of scraps from my throat tonic.
  2. 1/2 c brown or white sugar. Most recipes call for brown sugar, but honestly I have used both and haven’t found any advantage with the brown.
  3. 1 tsp yeast. This is totally optional. It takes 3 months without it. But, if you use it, don’t use more than 1 tsp.

Also need:
2 liter bottle (juice bottles work wonderfully) funnel
cheese cloth
apple cider vinegar

  1. Squeeze your tiny pieces into the mouth of the 2 liter bottle.
  2. Use the funnel, if needed, and put your sugar and optional yeast into bottle.
  3. Add 1 liter water.
  4. Shake for 30 seconds.
  5. Unscrew cap slightly so air can escape, otherwise you’ll blow up your bottle. I did mine in a 1/2 gallon jar because I’m all out of juice bottles.
  6. Shake every day for the first couple days to really get the sugar and yeast dissolved.
  7. Sit in dark corner for 2 weeks (3 months if no yeast)
  8. Strain through cheese cloth into glass container.
  9. Add 1 cup apple cider vinegar. (I always forget this step and it seems like my enzymes work better without it.)
  10. Keep in fridge

These enzymes can be used for anything! You can wash your dishes with them, your car, your toilet, burnt on food… You name it, it’ll clean it. It is safe to use on your wood furniture and you can spray it around your pets and kids and not worry about it. Everyone else says to use it diluted 12:1 ratio of water to enzyme. I just pour a tiny bit into a microfiber cloth and go to it. I use this in my toilet, and shower. It is amazing at getting the soap scum off and it leaves behind a nice citrus smell. :)

References:

One Good Thing by Jillie

EcoKaren

Happy Homemaker 88

and many others

 

 

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