Wednesday, August 12, 2015
ABC letter E for enzyme
In 2009, I visited Malaysia and Singapore and I was introduced to making a multi purpose cleanser.
They call it garbage enzyme. A friend whose husband is a university professor gave me some leaflets of information of how a Thai inventor had started this. I was naturally skeptical. What good can come out of a third world country like Thailand.
I was talking to my sister E who had just retired as a school principal. I was telling her about my over abundance of plums from my plum trees.
We talked about Enzyme, and she was very happy with hers. She said her floor was very clean after using it. I felt convinced to give it a try.
Here it is.
The proportion is 1 part brown sugar, 3 parts fruit and/or vegetable waste, 10 parts of water.
1: Mix sugar with water, add the fruit/veg, orange/lemon peels will give a nice citrus smell.
2: Fill in air tight plastic containers/bottles, leaving about 2 inches for fermnetation.
3: Store in a cool, dry and well ventilated area.
4: Do not put it where there is direct sunlight.
5: After the first week, slowly open the cap to release gas, be sure not to shake the bottle.
6: Push the floating veg downward every once in a while.
7: Ferment for at least 3 months.
8: Filter and it is ready for use. You get a brownish fluid.
9: The solids can be put in the garden as fertiser. Some people recycle this to restart a new batch.
This poinsettia is evidence it works. My exercise to revive a dying stump with the enzyme burying the dregs at the base of the stump of the poinsettia. Look at it now.
10: Add about 1 tablespoon to your normal washing solution.
I made my batch, and am using it. The dishes are less oily, but it could be pyschological.
I asked my friends in Malaysia, one told me an interesting use, her husband sprays it in her bird cage, and gives the cage a good smell.
Some people make a lot of claims about being environmentally friendly and saving money. I don't know about saving money, because you spent quite a bit on the brown sugar. Environmentally friendly, perhaps, since you reduce the use of detergent. I am still experimenting, I have started a batch with my apples.