Thursday, June 18, 2009

Garbage enzyme experiment

This is an experiment I've done in my apartment. I've decided to put the experiment to the test, because I wanted to use non chemical cleaners to clean my apartment, and also put some kitchen wastes into good use.

To give you a summary, I followed the simple "recipe" of 3 ingredients:

  • 1 ratio of brown sugar (yeaps, it must be brown sugar);
  • 3 ratio of fruit peels (you can also use fruit pulp, but I prefer using peels of citrus fruits and pandan leaves for better fragrance); and
  • 10 ratio of clean water.
The garbage enzyme was developed by Dr. Rosukon Poompanvong from Thailand.
  1. Mix all 3 ingredients in a plastic container (plastic can expand and will prevent ruptures). I used an empty 5 liter water bottle.
  2. Tightly close the container with a cap, and let the fermentation process takes its course.
  3. Wait for 3 months. Mark your calendar!
  • Do not fill the container to the brim, as you will be surprised with an overflow of the enzyme liquid, when you open the cap.
  • For the first week or two, remember to slowly release the cap at least 2 times a day to release air from the container. I did not have any trouble with the fruit flies or fungus on the surface, as I screwed the cap tightly.
Now the big test, does it really work? I won't over-exaggerate the results, but the garbage enzyme truly did better than any other branded cleaning agents to remove the black spots or fungus in my bathroom. Some of you may agree that those fungus is notoriously difficult to get rid of and control. I am extremely happy for that. You can also use it to mop the floor and mix it with dish washing liquid.

However, the garbage enzyme did no wonders on my bathroom tiles and yellowed grout. The tiles are clean, but I couldn't turn them sparkling white. I tried to mix the enzyme with the cleaning liquid, but it did not help much either.

Update: I have tried the mixture of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide (2 to 1 part), and it works great with the grout! You can get the baking soda at any supermarket, and the hydrogen peroxide at your pharmacy.

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