How to Make Bioenzyme – A natural Cleaner



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I have been preparing “Bio-enzyme” for many years now and had never looked back since. I was looking for alternative solutions for home cleaners as I wanted to stop buying toxic chemical based cleaners for my home. That’s when I came across Bioenzyme. I had been reading about it for quite some time and was eager to try it out. After a couple of failed attempts, I finally got the hang of it.

Though it sounds very scientific-y and a bit intimidating, it’s the easiest thing to do! And wait till you hear about the ingredients involved; you will be literally floored! I have to tell you that after reading this post, it is quite likely that you might end up feeling very guilty about not trying this before. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!

I do online workshops for those of you interested in learning to do this yourself.

You need just 3 simple ingredients to make this – Fruit peels, Jaggery  & Water. That’s it.

All you have to do is mix these 3 ingredients as per the ratio –10:3:1 of Water: Fruit peel : Jaggery. So, for every 10 parts of water, add 3 parts of fresh fruit peels (preferably citrus) and 1 part of jaggery. Mix well and that’s about it.

Here’s an easy step-wise procedure you can follow:

  • Take an air tight container. Keep it in a shady spot preferably where it is not disturbed and mark the date of preparation.
  • For every 10 parts of water, add 3 parts of fresh fruit peels (preferably citrus) and 1 part of jaggery (CANNOT substitute sugar). Basically 10:3:1 of water: fruit peel : jaggery
  • Let the container be large enough to have some space after you fill it with the ingredients. Do not fill to the brim.
  • Measure the ingredients. Dissolve jaggery in water and add the fruit peels. Keep the container air tight.
  • Open the lid at least once a day and stir it once.
  • After a week, you can stir it once in 2-3 days.
  • You will notice, a white film forming on the top. It’s yeast doing its job. That’s normal. Do not worry.
  • After 3 months (90 days) strain the liquid and store it in bottles in a dry, shady place. Save the residual peels to start another batch (this way, it should take only one month for the next batch!)

Note: During the process, whenever you open the container to stir, you might get an acidic smell due to the fermentation process. But don’t worry, the end product will have a pleasant citrus-y smell.


Disclaimer: I saved the containers from my earlier purchases so I can reuse them for storing my bioenzyme. I am NOT endorsing any of these brands (The bottles in the pictures are just my way of reusing old bottles).

There is a lot of good reason why you should start making this; for one, it hardly takes few minutes to set up the process. It costs practically nothing. It’s a cleaner that cleans all kinds of surfaces like floor, kitchen counters, toilets etc. Most importantly, this multipurpose cleaner is 100% natural, has zero chemicals and is made out of kitchen ingredients; meaning it’s practically made out of edible ingredients. So, there are absolutely no toxins whatsoever.  It saves you tons of money. It protects your family’s health. And it’s environment safe and doesn’t pollute the water bodies. So, you are not only helping yourself, you are also helping the planet!

Now, what’s not to like. No, really. Do you still have any reasons not to try this?

If you need any hand-holding in the process of going completely chemical-free and in making your own Natural Cleaners, do register for a workshop I conduct every month. Click here to learn more.

So, you see it’s that simple to make your own floor cleaner/bathroom cleaner/ glass cleaners etc without bringing in harmful chemicals into our homes. It does take a while to prepare the first batch but it doesn’t demand any extra time or effort of yours in preparation. Once you start the process, you can say goodbye and good-riddance to all your store-bought cleaners.

The media has made us all germ-phobics by advertising products that kill 99.9% germs. From toothpaste, hand-wash to toilet cleaners, it’s always this 99.9% mantra that is recited. The sensible part of us knows that not all microbes are harmful. We have a lot of good bacteria in the environment and inside our guts that help create a healthy balance. But by aiming to kill a few harmful germs we end up killing all the good ones too, thus creating an imbalance and not to mention, exposing us to the threat of drug-resistant microbes.

I happened to read in last week’s The Hindu newspaper about a scientific research article that says, “Drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050, warned the UN Ad Hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance in a report released on Monday. It added that by 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty.”

You can read the article here;

And to think we are contributing to this menace unknowingly is just shocking. We as consumers have to start looking at things objectively. We have become slave to media. Whatever the media propagates, we buy.  They sell us the problem and then they sell us the cure and we buy them both.

Didn’t we grow up much healthier than our kids without hand-washes and toxic floor cleaners? Didn’t we play in the mud and rain and still managed to stay healthy?

By creating a sterile environment (as sterile as an ICU ward) at home, we are actually ruining our children’s immunity. We are doing more harm than good by keeping our homes 99.9% germ-free; in fact, we are doing more harm by bringing in toxic cleaners which we constantly inhale while at home making our homes more toxic than clean.

Food for thought. Just think about it…

Let’s not fall for the cheap tricks of media and industrial giants who are using us as mere puppets for their own selfish motives.

As consumers, we have the power to change the world around us by just being careful in what we buy… by just being conscious buyers!

Choose wisely. Choose healthier alternatives.

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26 thoughts on “How to Make Bioenzyme – A natural Cleaner”

    1. Jaggery and molasses have more carbon and nutrient content than regular sugar which is needed by the microbes to act on the peels and break them down. That’s the reason behind this.

  1. Hi iam sathya, I want to start to make bioenzyme but what kind of water we need to use ,like we need heat them or not orelse normal drinking water is enough

  2. Hi. I tried making 3 tubs of 20ltr each , three months back..followed all the instructions..but I have two doubts..please help
    The container were exposed to sun
    What essentially oils can I add to enhance the smell

    1. In case of direct exposure to sunlight, I don’t know about the efficacy of your bioenzyme. Regarding essential oils, I’d suggest lemon/orange, but as the oils won’t mix with the liquid it could cause slippery-ness if used in mopping so make sure to use the one with EO only to wipe counter tops and surfaces. Hope this helps.

  3. Can anyone please tell how many days can we store & use the prepared bio enzyme Does it have any expiry date

  4. beside citrus peels, what other materials can be used. can we use banana or mango or watermelon rind or pineapple rind, or puja flowers.

    1. For cleaning purposes, citrus fruit peels are recommended as they have best cleaning ability. Even pineapple comes under citrus category so it can be used in this. Other peels can be used to prepare something called garbage enzyme which can be used as liquid compost in your garden, NOT for cleaning purpose. Same ratio of peels, water and jaggery for that too.

  5. Is this alternative to soap?? I thought to use bioenzyme as insecticide for plants.. I never imagined them to be floor cleaners … What do they do actually as cleaner??

  6. Navodita Sood

    I tried making a a small quantity of BE and it’s been 90 days but my end product doesn’t look like what I seen in pictures. The peels have settled down but they don’t seem to have dissolved even a bit. I do see some white coloured growth in the jar. What does it mean and how can I be sure if it is ready yet? I mean should I give it more time or consider it lost?

    1. It seems absolutely fine. The peels won’t dissolve. And the white fungal layer is normal too. You need to filter it a couple times to get the clear BE and then you can use it. The pulp can be ground into a paste and used as heavy duty cleaner.

  7. Hi, its my first attempt at making bio enzymes at home. it’s been almost 30 days and my bio enzymes jar has no white bubbles or foam forming on top. There is no gas formation in the jar. I open it once daily and I only get a nice citrusy fragrance and the peels are just soft and water has become deep brown. I have read that in some days a white colour should form on top.

    Does it mean this batch is wasted? Should I add dry yeast to eat to start some action inside the jar?

    I have added 1 part jaggery, 3 citrus peals and 10 parts water.

    Please advise what should I do from this stage onwards


  8. Hey.
    I successfully finished one batch of BIL enzyme and I like it… I started a new batch with the previous batch’S pulp paste as starter. Can you advice me on how many days to open the lid and let the air out?

  9. The citrus peels have become mushy after three months. How can we reuse them?
    Also how to used the filtered liquid to clean? Thanks Maam

    1. Amazing! Very happy to hear that. You can use one portion of peels as a starter for the next batch and rest you can grind it into a pulp and use it as heavy duty cleaner. Filtered bioenzyme can be diluted in water (around 25 ml in half bucket water) for moping and cleaning surfaces.

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