How To Make All-purpose Orange Enzyme Cleaner Yourself
Posted: Apr 29 2014
Many people have asked us what is the most natural, least-toxic way to clean the house. Most cleaners on the market, even organic ones, have ingredients are impossible to pronounce, let alone understand in terms of their toxicity. I suggest you stay away from them. The last thing you want in your house is unsafe fumes that could harm you and your precious ones' health.
Thankfully, there are a couple of good and safe options. One is Organic Soapnut, which is a fruit of the soapnut tree that is widely grown and used in India for everything from washing clothes to scrubbing the floor. The natural saponins in soapnut acts as a mild, safe, and effective detergent.
Another good option is one you can make yourself with just two ingredients. Citrus peels and organic molasses. That's it.
What you need: 1 five-gallon bucket, citrus peels, organic molasses, and spigot (optional).
How to do it: Put the a few inches of citrus peels (orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerine, and pomelo peels all work -- whatever you have in citrus is fine) into the five-gallon bucket. Then pour molasses in a zigzag pattern over the peels. Close the lid and let sit in a warmish room (the kitchen is great). Then when you have more peels, throw in a couple more inches on top of the previous batch. Again, pour molasses over the whole business. Close lid and let sit. Repeat this until the bucket is full. You can shake the bucket or put a stick in and stir so that the molasses and citrus peels are somewhat mixed together.
Depending on the temperature of your room (the warmer, the faster this is), after 2-3 weeks, the contents of the bucket should turn brown. If there are any unpleasant smells emanating from the bucket, simply open the lid and pour more molasses in. When it's ready to harvest, the contents should be brown and there should be brownish, sweetish-smellling liquid at the bottom. You can then harvest the liquid (either through the spigot) or simply pour the solids into your compost pile and store the remaining liquid in a glass bottom with the lid slightly ajar.
The science behind it is: By creating an ideal condition for anaerobic bacteria to multiply and thrive (they are the good guys in this scenario -- once activated, they digest all the dirt and grimes you can throw at them). The molasses feed them and keep the process from stinking.
Once ready, the anaerobic liquid is good for 6 months to a year. Unlike chemical cleaners, which through sheer force of mass destruction, destroy every living being in sight to provide you with a bleached hospital cleanliness, this organic enzyme liquid digests all organic matter in a safe way, getting rid of dirt, dust, grease, grime, and smells anywhere you need: the kitchen (watch and be amazed at how it completely digests grime in the sink or on the stove without your having to scrub anything), the bathroom. It's safe to use on steel, formica, linoleum, tiles, and porcelain. One caution: don't let sit on a lacquered wood floor! We made this mistake once and it "digested" most of the lacquer off the floor!!! You can dilute into a very mild solution and wipe the wooden floors and then wipe over again with a mop dampened with just water.
Use: Dilute 1 part to 20 or 30 or 40, depending on personal preference and strength needed for the job.
Tip: Flies and pest insects hate it when we wash our deck with a 1/40 solution of the orange cleaner and water. They stay away for days!
That's it! Enjoy your new 100% natural, chemical-free, organic cleaner. We always have a batch "cooking" in our kitchen. It's so amazing and turns refuse into gold!
Below is a photo of Organic Black Molasses, a brass spout / spigot attached to the five-gallon bucket for easy drainage of the precious orange enzyme liquid cleaner. Also known as EM cleaner, Orange Enzyme Cleaner, Anaerobic Liquid Cleaner