I am SO excited to share this amazing homemade citrus enzyme cleaner recipe with all of you! As most of you know, I’ve been making my own homemade cleaning products for quite some time, and I can honestly say this easy to make citrus enzyme cleaner is one of the best!
Enzyme cleaners work by bio-degrading the stain, grease, oil, dirt, grime, vomit, urine, blood, coffee or food into its basic carbon, hydrogen or oxygen element, and as a result, eliminate the problem all together. All organisms are made up of proteins, and the natural enzymes feed off these proteins by hunting them down, devouring them, and leaving your surfaces clean and stains removed, all while taking a few unwanted pests with them! They’re completely non-toxic, environmentally friendly, highly effective, and clean better than almost any other cleaning product available. These hungry little cleaners are perfect for eliminating pests, cleaning up protein stains (blood, oil, grease), pet stains/odors, and make a wonderful all-purpose cleaner for nearly every room in the house. Best of all, natural enzyme cleaners are not harmful to pets, waterways, or humans.
Here are just a few ways this natural citrus enzyme cleaner can work for you…
-Floor Cleaner: 1 part enzyme to 10 parts water.
-Bathroom Cleaner: 1 part enzyme to 10 parts water.
-Dish Soap: 1/4 cup of enzyme. (optional: add a squirt or two of dish detergent to enzyme cleaner to create suds for better cleaning.)
-Stain Remover: use undiluted directly on stain.
-Laundry: 1/4 cup enzyme.
-Plant Fertilizer: take your left over mop water and pour on your plants!
-Drain Ceaner: use concentrated or blended pulp/sludge of enzyme, pour into sink and leave overnight.
-Car Wash: 1 part enzyme to 20 parts water.
-Fruit & Veggie Wash: 1 part enzyme to 10 parts water.
-Insect Repellent: use undiluted. Great for ants, spiders, and roaches.
-Facial Cleanser/Toner: 1 part enzyme to 2 parts water. That’s right, it’s a cleaning product that’s so safe you can use it on your face!
Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner Recipe
What You Need:
- large 2 liter bottle with an airtight lid – a juice bottle works great
- 2 1/2 cups of citrus fruit peels and scraps – fruit bits are fine to add (pineapple makes a great addition too!)
- 7 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 cups of water
If you want to makes a smaller or larger batch, you want to use 1 part brown sugar, 3 parts fruit scraps, and 10 parts water.
- Chop peels until they were small enough to fit in the top of the bottle.
- Add in brown sugar
- Add in the water
- Tightly screw the cap so that no liquid falls out and dissolve the sugar by shaking the bottle for about 30 seconds.
- Using a permanent marker, write the date on the bottle. It will take three months for the ingredients to ferment. (Yes, three whole months, but keep reading- there is a shortcut for folks who just can’t wait that long!)
- For the first couple of weeks, give the bottle a shake once a day, making sure to leave the bottle cap loosely fastened to avoid gas build-up (explosions) from the fermentation process.
Tip: If you just can’t wait three whole months for the enzyme cleaner to be ready, you can add 1 teaspoon of yeast to speed up the process and have ready to use citrus enzyme cleaner in just 2 weeks!
The cleaner will last indefinitely.
I hope you’ll have as much success with this cleaner as I have, please let me know if you decide to give it a try!Terri
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