(This photo from left to right; homemade rendered lard, finished enzyme cleaner, a new batch of brewing enzyme cleaner, homemade pepper sauce.)
As promised, I am going to give you the best enzyme cleaner recipe that I have ever made!! Granted it takes a while, but if you are patient, you will never have to purchase another all purpose household cleaner again AND...there are no chemicals and you can find everything you need in your kitchen. You are also reusing old citrus peels. I always start a new batch as soon as I have cleaned out my containers. I use 1 gallon sized jars that I found at Target!
Citrus Infused Enzyme Cleaner Recipe: Original recipe by Live Simply and the original recipe was submitted by Kristin Marr, (I have just modified it for my use) This original recipe yields approx. 2 cups of concentrate.
8 - 12 citrus peels (any kind of citrus)
1 cinnamon stick (optional, but highly recommended)
10 whole cloves (optional, but highly recommended)
This is where I change the recipe:
about 2 cups water (enough to cover the peels/spices and fill the jar)
1 cup brown sugar
1 package dry, active yeast
Completely dissolve the yeast in a cup of warm water then mix with the brown sugar until you have more of a syrup. Add the yeast and sugar mixture, the citrus peels and spices to a quart-size glass storage container. There should be enough peels to fill the jar. Do not put a tight lid on this jar because this is a fermenting brew and it could explode. It will bubble for the first few days, this is normal.
Store your jar near a sunny window for at least 3 weeks. Gently shake or stir your mixture every few days. Once your cleaner has fermented for 3 weeks (longer is ok), strain the peels, spices, etc. over a large bowl. The liquid is now your enzyme concentrate cleaner. Pour the liquid in a storage container with a good top and be sure to label your product. Some people prefer to store their cleaner in the refrigerator but I store mine in my pantry and it has done fine.
I use about a 50/50 mixture of the concentrate for tough jobs like in the kitchen and in the bathroom. Every other use, I will use 20% concentrate to 80% water. I also add a few drops of essential oil or fragrance oil to a spray bottom or mop bucket to add whatever scent I am in the mood for. For fall and winter and apple scent is inviting. In spring and summer, I am more of a fresh linen or floral scent person. My daughter uses a few drops of lavender essential oil with the concentrate to clean her kids bedrooms. It helps to create a relaxing environment. I have also found this a great cleaner for my carpets and spot cleaning. Just be sure to test a small spot before putting it on your entire carpet.
DO NOT THROW OUT THE PEELS AND SPICES!! I run the left over citrus peels and spices through my food processor. I then spoon this thick mixture into individual ice cube trays and freeze them. Once they are completely frozen, pop them out, put them if a freezer safe container and keep them frozen. You have just made and all natural, enzyme garbage disposal cleaner!! All you have to do is periodically (I do this once a week) drop one of your frozen cubes into your garbage disposal, run cold water and turn on your disposal for a few minutes. The frozen cleaner cube will sharpen you disposal blades and the leftover cleaner will sanitize and deodorize your disposal!! How GREAT is that!!
The picture below (yes I know it is sideways but I think you will get the point) are a batch of my disposal sanitizing cubes.
Let me know how this works for you and if you have any questions. #summershadesoap #allnatural #allnaturalcleaning #crueltyfree #nontoxic #chemicalfree #essentialoils # veganlife #veganofig