E has come to grips with the fact that he married a hippie, in fact I have really done a pretty good job at converting him . . . Even so, he still gets a little concerned when he hears me say the words “guess what I saw on Pinterest …” or “Did you know you can make your own …” While most of my home remedies or cleaning products have been a fantastic planet and money saving endeavor, I will admit there have been a few flops. However, when I told him that I had made fruit enzyme cleaner he was really excited and responded with “Oh, I have heard of that it is supposed to be amazing.” Unfortunately, we wouldn’t know for a whole three months . . . Yep, that is right it takes THREE WHOLE MONTHS to ferment.
I originally got the idea to make this cleaner from a pin saw on Pinterest. Besides the three month waiting period, it is one of the easiest and cheapest cleaners I have ever made and it has a ton of uses. All you need is sugar, water, leftover fruit bits, and some sort of container. I started making my cleaner while I was on maternity leave, but it wasn’t ready until May. Since May here are some of the things I have used my enzyme cleaner for:
- Laundry: Sometimes our towels just don’t smell fresh so I tried adding a bit of the enzyme cleaner in the wash (about a 1/4 cup) and BAM no more smelly towels!
- Greasy Stove Top: I have a spray bottle that is 1 part cleaner and 3 parts water, I sprayed it on my stove and let it set about a half hour. It came clean as a whistle, no scrubbing (squeee)!
- The Bathroom: I used my 1:3 mix on the whole bathroom, toilet, sink, shower, floors . . . Not only was the whole bathroom sparkling, but it smelled amazing!
- Mirrors and Windows: using the same 1:3 mixture and microfiber has done wonders for my windows and mirrors.
- Carpets: I used it undiluted on some particularly set in stains and it worked like magic. I was a little worried at first to try this, but there was no discoloration, yay!
- Cat Accidents: One of our kitties had an accident on a blanket and I was able to throw 1 cup cleaner in the washer with the blanket and the smell was gone completely . . . This is a first!
- The Workshop: My husband recently used it to clean up after some animals got into our shed and it worked wonders!
- General Cleaning: For all-purpose cleaning I am fond of my 1 part cleaner, 3 parts water mixture that I made. It has so far done the trick on everything I have tried it on
Fruit Enzyme Cleaner
What You Need:
- 100 grams sugar
- 300 grams fruit scraps
- 1 liter distilled water
- Plastic bottle for fermenting
- Spray bottle
What You Do:
- Measure your sugar, fruit scraps and water using a kitchen scale
- Add the fruit to the bottle, I used orange and banana peels (try to use one with a wide opening)
- Funnel in your sugar and water into the bottle
- Close the bottle and shake until all of the sugar is dissolved
- Every Day for the first month of fermentation open the lid on the bottle to release the gasses
- Get you patience panties on and wait two more months
- After the three months are up filter your mixture using cheese cloth or an old t-shirt
- Mix you desired dilution in a spray bottle and clean your butt off
- You can use the leftover bits in your next batch of cleaner
So there you have it a super easy super cheap non-toxic cleaner that smells amazing! The original recipe and other ideas for use can be found here. You will notice that I made a few slight adjustments, for instance, I didn’t use brown sugar, but that was because the sugar in our house is unrefined sugar. Until next time, have a very Happy Hump Day!