Bio-Enzymes | A One Stop Solution to Zero Waste Cleaning

Author: Zero Waste Volunteers

We all want to live and work in spaces that are healthy, clean, and well-maintained. Cleaning products help in that pursuit. They remove dust, allergens, and germs from our indoor environment. Have you ever considered the environmental and health impacts of the cleaning chemicals?

All of us desire to live in a clean and hygienic space around us. We want fresh smells and dirt free living spaces. In the pursuit to achieve that we use all kinds of cleaning products to our aid. We are well aware of their poisonous nature which keeps us at bay from ingesting these harmful items. However, we continue to dispose them off into our air and drainage without giving a second thought to the harmful impact it can have on the environment around us.

At every level of their production to usage, cleaning products expel extremely harmful chemicals. Manufacturing of chemicals that are used in them are one of the leading causes of water pollution in India. There are many cases of the effects of harsh chemicals in home cleaners on the environment. One such case is of the Bellandur lake in Bangalore, whose frothing lake has become viral, it also caught fire! One of the main reasons for the lake to turn toxic is home cleaners. Most of us usually don't bother about the consequences of using the available home cleaners with hazardous chemicals. We easily get swayed by the promotions and advertising that brands offer.

Moreover, the plastics they are packaged in are unsustainable and keep increasing the plastic waste problem of the world. Once these chemicals are sprayed into the environment around us the volatile organic compounds (VOC) in cleaning products affect indoor air quality and add to outdoor smog. Certain chemicals may irritate skin, eyes, or throat. Some commercial-grade products may be hazardous in concentrated forms. Cleaning products enter the environment during the course of regular use by getting rinsed down the drain or evaporating into volatile compounds.

With these facts showing us the spectrum of harm cleaning products are capable of causing, are you wondering what can be done as an alternative to reduce your carbon impact?
How about making alternative cleaning products yourselves? All you need is the desire to do it, the rest is inexpensive, available in your kitchen, and very easy to do.
The one-stop pollution to this problem are bio-enzymes, which doesn't possess any harmful chemicals. They are organic solutions resulted from the fermentation of fruits/fruit and peels, vegetables, water, sugar/jaggery. This combination of ingredients release proteins that hasten the decomposition process.
Here is a quick recipe to make bio-enzyme at home:
Ingredients: 1 part of jaggery, 3 parts of lemon pieces, 10 parts of water(as these are ratios you can choose measurement based on your need).

  1. Heat the water in a vessel and add jaggery into the water. Make sure to cut the jaggery into small pieces, as it'll be dissolved easily.
  2. Once the jaggery is completely dissolved, put off the heat and let the solution cool to room temperature.
  3. Then take a plastic bottle with lemon pieces. A plastic bottle is preferred as the gases that emerge during the process wouldn't react with it, unlike the case with metal containers and they can't break the bottle, unlike the case of glass bottles.
  4. Add the jaggery solution (room temperature) in the bottle.

All done, now you just have to wait patiently for some time.

Make sure that the bottle is air-tight but open and close twice a day, for the released gas to come out. This process initially takes 90 days to get the environment-friendly natural home cleaner. However, you can use a small amount of already prepared bio-enzyme to speed up the process for the next batch (in a month:)).

With the help of these organic liquids your home will shine in full splendor, and its antibacterial properties will take care of both your health and your household.
Here are a few of the many situations where bio-enzymes can be used as an effective alternative:

  • Washing dishes, furniture and floors, and in this case it is recommended to use a ratio of 100 ml of solution to 1 litre of water.
  • It is a great natural solution for removing dirt, pesticides and other toxins from fruits and vegetables. Leave the fruits or vegetables in a solution diluted with water (in a ratio of 30 ml of solution per 1 litre of water) for thirty minutes. Then wash it with clean water.
  • Clothing soaked and washed in this ecological solution is made impeccably clean and fresh. All stains will disappear after leaving fabric to soak in the solution for a few hours; afterwards, wash it well.
  • Bio enzymes have been proven to be an excellent solution for the maintenance of bathrooms – for cleaning drains, for descaling, and for fighting unpleasant odours. For cleaning and unclogging drains and for descaling, pour the solution into drains or soak the scale-affected area and leave overnight.

Zero waste and sustainable living is the need of the hour to be achieved in this modern world. Incorporating small changes in our daily lives will make us an ACTION TAKER!