In 2014, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Rosukan Poompanvong in Thailand from where I learned about a solution to minimize waste and convert it into useful enzymes through the fermentation process and which is called eco enzyme or garbage enzyme.
Upon returning to my home in India, I experimented to process garbage enzymes and experienced a whole lot of marvelous cleaning products, which are cheap, hygienic, and beneficial to all.
For over 30 years, Dr. Rosukon has been actively involved in enzyme research and she encourages and gives training to people to make eco enzyme at home to ease global warming.
The idea was to develop enzymes into organic cleaners, from organic waste that we usually throw into the garbage bins.
What is the garbage enzyme or eco enzyme
This garbage enzyme also called eco enzyme is a multipurpose liquid and can be produced easily by converting our organic kitchen waste into fermented waste juice.
Eco enzyme uses, and benefits
Eco enzyme is very beneficial for our environment, agriculture, and even in homes. It does its job perfectly, and when drained out, doesn’t hurt the planet.
Every household can replace chemical cleaning products with the garbage enzyme and use it as a natural floor cleaner, kitchen cleaner, dishwashing liquid, air purifier, insect repellent, pesticide, and fertilizer, and more.
Spraying the enzyme liquid keeps the air clean, eliminates bad odor! Regular use of eco enzyme would mean that it would go down our drainage system, thus helping to cleanse our rivers and seas and save our earth.
Our toilet can be kept clean, destroy harmful bacteria, dirt and clog will break down by the enzyme. Mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants, and other insects would stay away.
Two tablespoons of garbage enzymes in cleaning water will clean the floor and kill bacteria. Uses of diluted garbage enzyme to clean cooking utensils, cooker, oven, stubborn stains in cups can be effectively cleaned.
The residue of garbage enzyme can also be used as very good excellent fertilizer.
How to make the eco enzyme at home
Initially, you may feel it to be a little bit of a hassle, but once you start it becomes interesting and slowly you would get to fondly nurture it.
The advantage is that the preparation of enzyme has the only process, but serves various purposes, in varying levels of dilution. The only disadvantage is that it smells like vinegar and may be not as fragrant as other commercial cleansers.
You need brown sugar or jaggery, vegetable / fruit peels, and water. The eco enzyme ratio is 1:3:10.
Example by weight – for 300 gms of veggie/fruit peel you need 100 gms of brown sugar and 1000 ml of water (with the same ratio, use any multiple of the same).
Step 1: Put 300 gms of peel into a plastic container. (Reusable plastic containers can be used. Do not use metal or glass containers).
Step 2: Add 100 gms of brown sugar or jaggery
Step 3: Pour 1000 ml of water into the container. For fermentation purposes, make sure that there is space between the level of water and the brim of the container.
Step 4: Close the lid of the container and keep it in a dry and ventilated place for at least 3 months. Do not keep under direct sunlight.
For the first month, open the lid once daily to release the gas produced during fermentation. After that, occasionally stir once in two or three days and then close the lid.
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After three months:
Step 5: Filter out the liquid from the residue and fill it into bottles. The extracted residue may be added to the next batch of enzymes or can be used as natural fertilizer after drying it.
Some things to keep in mind before making eco enzyme
- When the fermentation process takes place, it produces an odor, so make sure to keep the lid of the container tightly.
- Sometimes you would see a white layer of biofilm on the surface of the enzyme, this is normal as you would know that the fermentation process is going well.
- Usually, the color of garbage enzymes is dark brown. If it becomes black, add the same amount of brown sugar for re-fermentation.
The enzyme liquid now ready to use can be diluted with water and made to use in multipurpose ways.
Dr (H) Joean Oon, environmentalist at the Naturopathic Family Care Centre cum garbage enzyme headquarters in Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia says, “The production of garbage enzyme generates ground-level Ozone (O3).
The O3 helps to maintain the earth’s temperature by releasing the heat trapped by the heavy metal in the clouds.
“If every household turns its garbage into the enzyme, we can protect our ozone, live in a smog-free environment, and eat food free from toxins”, says Dr. Oon.
Eco enzyme or garbage enzyme uses
Once you’ve nailed the making of this valuable liquid, it’s ready for a plethora of uses that you’ll simply love.
In case you are wondering what are garbage enzyme uses, let me tell you, there are many. From boosting liquid soaps and lotions to washing dishes, it has so many uses.
The garbage enzyme you have made can be used in the following ways —
- Kitchen cleaner
- Floor cleaner
- Clothes detergent
- Toilet cleaner
- Air purifier
- Insect repellant
- Body wash
- Hair cleanser
- Water softener
- Water purifier
- Moul cleaner
- Pet bathing
By mixing garbage enzyme with chemical cleaning products, Oon explains, the enzyme flowing into our drainage system will cleanse the rivers and oceans.
The garbage enzyme when mixed with the chemical products used in our household, the enzyme flows into our drainage system, which helps to cleanse rivers and oceans, as explained by Dr. Oon.
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