I had started preparing “Bio-enzyme” since last year 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!
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!)
- Tip: To speed up the process, you can add a 4th ingredient, baker’s yeast (a teaspoon). If you use this, your Bioenzyme will be ready in a month’s time.
- The residual peel can be used to start the next batch. For subsequent batches you can use this residual pulp (substitute for jaggery in this case) and create more batches. In this case, you can follow this ratio- 2:3:10 ratio (pulp: fresh citrus peels: water). As you are using existing pulp, it will take only one month to make 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). And please don’t tell me I shouldn’t use plastic to store as I am doing what I can at the moment.
Okay, now on how to use it; For floor, glass and counters you can use it in a diluted form – 1:10 (1 part of bio enzyme and 10 parts of water) While, for greasy areas and for toilet cleaning, you can use it in the concentrated form- 1:1 or 1:3 ratio
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?
That’s how simple it is 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; https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/drug-resistant-diseases-could-kill-10-million-a-year-by-2050/article26984512.ece
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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