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DIY Enzyme Cleaner!
Ack!

I would like to thank Art of Doing Stuff reader, Rose.

Rose, you see, emailed me the other day asking if I’d ever heard of DIY Enzyme Cleaner.

Why no! No, I had not, Rose.

But since you bring it up, now I *have* heard of DIY Enzyme cleaner. And being the kind of OCD, kindda crazy, must try all things at all costs, no matter how busy, tired, overworked I am, … I’m going to have to make DIY Enzyme Cleaner. Even though, in the back of my mind I think it’s kind of pointless, stupid, probably won’t work and kindda weird.

So thanks Rose. You’re a peach.

I’ve actually bought Enzyme cleaner before. It’s about the only thing that will (help) get rid of the odour of cat or dog pee. The enzyme cleaner spray for cat pee is called “Nature’s Miracle” .  It does work better than any other product for cleaning animal urine, but I highly doubt this is the kind of miracle that would ever make it up for review in Vatican City.

Especially at around $12  a bottle.

So, weary from work, almost delusional really, I gathered up my ingredients, slapped on some sunscreen and grabbed a bag of chips and a pop and went out the door to work outside, taking pictures of the Enzyme Cleaner in the comfort of my backyard.  I also put the radio on.

It’s almost saintly what I go through for you people.

The list of ingredients is pretty small for this cleaner. That’s not where the “Ack!” comes in.  The Ack comes in when you realize that the DIY enzyme cleaner has to ferment for … 3 months.

Now normally I wouldn’t show you a post like this until I’d finished the product and tested it out for myself.  But, I thought I couldn’t do that to you.  If I waited until my DIY enzyme cleaner was finished before telling you about it, that would be 3 months from now. Then if you were to make it, it would be another 3 months before you could try it.  That’s 6 months.  That’s the lifetime of most hamsters owned by your average meaty fisted 6-8 year old.  I couldn’t do that to you.

So, we’re gonna do this together.  Like  a team.  A fermenting,  rotten, enzyme,  stinking, housekeeping team.  We’ll call ourselves F.R.E.S.H. for short and I think we should start to think about gang colours.  Probably not red or blue.  Maybe yellow for urine.

Are you ready to make DIY enzyme cleaner?  You could very well have everything you need in your kitchen right now.  Provided you keep an ample supply of patience in one of the cupboards.

Title 2

 

citrus peels

1

 

brown sugar

2

 

2 litre plastic bottle (big pop bottle or something like that)

3

 

stuff your bottle with citrus peels

4

 

add brown sugar

5

 

add water

6

 

shake and date

7

 

 DIY Enzyme Cleaner

Ingredients

2 ½ cups lemon, orange, and/or lime peels (about 3 oranges and 3 lemons)

7/8ths  a cup of brown sugar

4 cups of water

Method

Add all ingredients to a 2 litre plastic bottle.  Replace the lid and shake everything up.  Loosen lid a bit so gas can escape and put it in a cupboard for the next 3 months.  Some sites say you’re supposed to shake it every day.  I happen to know I’ll never do that, but I do plan to shake it whenever I think of it.

This recipe makes a concentrate, so once the mixture has fermented you can add 1/2 cup of it to a litre of water and that is your cleaning solution.

I’m going to say it once more.  Loosen the lid so the gas can escape!  This stuff is fermenting and becoming quite tooty.  Much like yourself, if the gas can’t escape it will eventually explode.  Happened to an Uncle of mine once.  Had to scrape him off the church walls.  True story.

I’m touting this cleaner as something for pet urine, but apparently it’s great for a lot of things.  Most things.  In fact, according to the Internet, that uncle who got splattered all over the church walls from not tooting?  You could have cleaned the church with it.

So I’ll meet you back here in 3 months.  Spray bottle in hand, urine on the floor.  Go team.

Update: Wanna hear about the results? Read the follow up post, DIY Enzyme Cleaner, The Results Show.


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92 Responses to DIY Enzyme Cleaner!
Ack!

  1. Laura says:

    Whenever I see 7/8th’s cup of something I just know I’m going to just go ahead and use a whole cup.

    • Kailee says:

      I was thinking the same thing. What happens if I add a whole cup?!? Will it explode? Does the world end?

  2. Rory says:

    Ha, I read the last part of the instructions as “shake and dance”. Sounds like a plan!

  3. Corinne says:

    I really want to try this, but don’t want to have to wait 3 months. I have been doing a little research and found out if you add 1 tsp. of yeast to the above recipe, it will be ready in 2 weeks. You just have to remember to shake everyday for the first week.

    • Karen says:

      Corinne – Yes, I read that too. However, I don’t know about you, but I find whenever I try to do things the *fast* way in the end it actually ends up taking longer. My guess is the 3 month version is the better version. Perhaps I’ll start another batch w/ yeast 2 weeks from my finish date to compare them. ~ karen!

  4. JT says:

    I have not read the post yet but I wanted to be the sixth to comment. Did I make it?

    P.S. I will read it if I am the sixth!

    JT

  5. Molly says:

    I’ve never heard of enzyme cleaners, but having a cat and a least weasel that’s something I really could use.

    It’s a brilliant idea to make a cleaner that not only doesn’t contain any nasty stuff but also (hopefully) can deal with such odours. Vomited fish is equally bad as pet’s urine :-(

    I’m in your team and will cover the German part of this trial!! :-)

  6. Tricia Rose says:

    It’s going to ferment – so why don’t I just drink it? It looks pretty good!

  7. Allison says:

    Can’t wait to hear how it turns out because there is NO way I would leave this stuff under a cabinet to ferment as it would likely freak me out just by looking at it. I saw that episode of Hoarders, no thanks!

    xoxo

  8. Krikit says:

    “…. if the gas can’t escape it will eventually explode. Happened to an Uncle of mine once. Had to scrape him off the church walls. True story.” ROFLMAO so much I peed! Now I HAVE to make this pee-eating stuff! ~:S

    ~;0)

  9. Lisa says:

    Somehow I know if I try this I will forget to release the gas and it will toot all over my pantry. I think I’ll wait and see how you manage first. Will we get daily updates? Weekly? I NEED to see this stuff ferment. It’s like a train wreck. I have to watch!

  10. Susan says:

    3 months? I could be dead by then….something else for my kids to find rotting in the cupboard…right beside the onions! Hmmm…. I just might make this!:-)

  11. Lynn says:

    Enzyme, schmenzyme – I LOVE your brown sugar jar! We share an affinity for old jars – that one is
    unique – is it a Mason jar?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lynne – Yup. It’s Crown Mason jar with glass cap and zinc ring. I keep everything in old mason jars. Cereal, dried fruit, pasta … LOVE them. ~ karen

  12. Pati Gulat says:

    I like the yeast idea too but I think I’ll go the way of our Fearless Leader and make the 3 month one now and the yeasty one 2 wks from the finish date…

  13. April says:

    Just wondering if anyone else has heard of mixing 2 parts water and 1 part mouthwash to a spray bottle( saw it on pintrest).
    Remove as much urine as you can then spray Spot with it generously, cover with a towel. The towel will absorb remaining urine and odor. I haven’t tried it on carpet yet, but I have tried it on a couch that numerous dogs have marked……no one has marked it since. Only smelled minty fresh for a couple days;)

  14. Erica says:

    Karen,

    I use vinegar for a multitude of things including killing the smell of animal urine and training my rottie not to eat wood furniture.

    For urine just spray or pour it on (depending on bed the urine is), your house will smell horrible for an hour or two but eventually both the vinegar and urine smell go away.

    Now if you have a derp dog like I do who thinks anything wood is fair game, and loves the taste of bitter apple, just gently wipe down the wood with vinegar (I do it about twice a week).

    Vinegar is also good for your hair, just use it in the shower a few hours before you go out or go to bed haha

  15. Rose says:

    Hey Karen!

    You’re welcome!
    AND also what the internet doesn’t tell you is that the fruit flies are gonna love that stuff too, at least until they all die a horrible death in your under-the-sink area by several spiders building hundreds of icky webs around said container that you have to shake for two weeks.
    Sigh,
    Great to have started this adventure with you Karen!

    Cheers
    Rose

  16. Mary Werner says:

    Speaking of toots, I have always wondered why no one has ever come up with gum that scents digestive juices to cause great smelling toots! Name it Pootpuree, or This Poots for You, or Toot Sweet. Make wonderful odors like Tootronella, Strawberry Tootcake, and Cinnamon Bun Tootastic. Where are the truely creative scientists when the whole civilized world awaits with money in hand.

    • Shannon says:

      Toot Sweet, LOL! I think you’re on to something here. What about dog treats, too? Gotta be a market for *that* :D

    • Lemurific says:

      Fermenting microbes in our guts create the majority of gas we toot. Different types of microbes ‘eat’ different chemicals from our food. The by products of their ‘feasting’ create distinctive chemicals and aromas. Chewing yum just makes it worse as you swallow more air. Injested gas must go somewhere.

      • Cyn says:

        Food combos to avoid – fruit and beans, sugar and broccoli, meat and fruit – abbreviated list. You’ll avoid the “TOOTS” aftereffects.

    • Amanda says:

      How about Tooti Frutti?

  17. Sandy says:

    I think I might try this too! I need something for cat urine. I will have to wait until I can beg a soda bottle off someone though.

  18. Deb says:

    Soooooo…if I have no cat pee stains to worry about, can I use this like 409?? Is this just a super cleaner? Greasy stove, tile floors??? I am thinking this should be attempted, but would like to know what I am going to clean with sticky brown sugar and lemons!! HA! I realize I could google it, but since you seem to have done that already, I thought I would ask.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Deb – From what I’ve read it’s a super cleaner. Will do just about anything. BUT … I’ve only read it, not experienced it yet. And as we all know, the Internet is a big fat liar so …. I can’t guarantee anything. Yet! ~ karen

  19. Deb says:

    Karen….it MUST be true…it’s on the internet!

  20. After you clean with this, then you have to clean the sticky residue it leaves behind from the brown sugar. Yuck. And why wouldn’t concentrated orange extract work? The peels are going to rot and get so slimy. Blah!!

    Vinegar water works so good. It disinfects too. My daughters pediatrician told us to wash the floor with vinegar water when she was crawling and we had chickens. Said, it was safer to use than chemical soaps and it would kill any saminella from chicken poop we tracked in from outside on our shoes.

    • Karen says:

      Amy – Vinegar is great for cleaning, but you need enzymes for pet urine. A raw, unprocessed apple cider vinegar might work … to eliminate the pet urine, but that’s the closest you could get with vinegar for enzymes. ~ karen!

    • Gayla T says:

      I’m so glad you added the part about tracking it in on your shoes. I had a picture of a baby crawling around on the cabin floor with the chickens and pigs. My entire body had already gone into a tight clinch and then I read the rest. LOL

    • Lemurific says:

      All the sugars are to feed the microbes (in the air and on the peels). If all goes to plan, after 3 months there will be little sugar left behind. Rather, there will be the microbes and their fermentive by products: acid (essentially vinegar), gas (loosen the top), and enzymes.

  21. gollor says:

    The fermenting of the sugars is just going to produce alcohol, and if you leave it alone long enough you might get vinegar. Why not just mix vinegar, alcohol water, and some citrus essential oils now? It works great on everything I’ve tried it on so far.

    If you want to do it anyway use a fermentation lock on the bottle and you won’t have to keep opening it.

    • Kim from Milwaukee says:

      …or a balloon with a pinhole poked in it works for a fermentation lock…I use one for my homemade wine.

    • Lemurific says:

      That sounds good, but you would be missing the important component: bacteria. The bacteria growing in this concoction will produce enzymes that should get rid of smells. The bacteria also eat the stuff in the spill as well. It’s called a bioenzymatic cleaner.

  22. Jamiek says:

    I’m in! Will report back in 3 months!!

  23. Brenda j says:

    Sounds like a recipe for corn mash or pumpkin brew. Get stuff, add sugar, let it get bubbly,bubbly Eno, don’t smell just drink and stink.

  24. AnnW says:

    The sugar is going to feed the fermentation, so there won’t be any stickiness left. Karen, if you’ve got guts, you might put this in your shed. The heat might speed things up. Just check on it every few days to release the gas. Why don’t you start another bottle with yeast to compare the two. For a real test you could go to an animal day care or shelter and get some heavy duty samples! Your public wants to know. Ann

  25. damn you are about 1 1/2 weeks too late for me on this. I made a ton of fresh lemon aid for my daughters birthday on Canada Day and had peels from about 80 lemons and no idea what to do with them so in the green bin they went. i now have water bottles full of frozen lemon juice so citrus will probably not be in my life for the next 8 months or more. But maybe ill give it a try next time i have citrus peel. I dont have pets to use it on but ill have to look up other uses for it too.

  26. Dawna Jones says:

    Karen your a saint for trying this! To much work for me though I would rather just go out and spend the 12$ LOL!
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  27. Scouty says:

    I’m in. Could have used this last week!

  28. Candace says:

    Am a new reader. I adore your website–it is rapidly becoming my favorite. I made the no knead bread this weekend with a bean soup, and it was the most delicious bread I’ve ever eaten (due to the ease of recipe–and it’s genuine tastiness).

    This post, however, earns you the Big Points for being one who will Try Anything. You probably ride the monster roller coasters, too.

    As the wife of an accomplished dog trainer, I must say that I prefer to simply train the dogs not to pee in the house. Cats? Ugh. I just feel sorry for cat people… Cat Urine probably could be an agent of bioterrorism.

  29. Dennis Carr says:

    Another thing to do – change it up a little bit.

    Get a 1 gallon glass bottle. Maybe a gallon of apple cider or something.

    Go to a brew shop, and get an airlock and a stopper that fits the bottle.

    Get yourself a pint of the cheapest vodka you can get your hands on.

    Follow directions as above. Assemble the airlock and stopper, stopper the bottle, and add the vodka to the airlock.

    Swirl the bottle (don’t shake, you will knock out the vodka from the airlock). You never need to outgas it.

    Why does this work? Well, let’s just say that those of us who make our own alcohol do it because yeast eats sugar, and emits carbon dioxide and ethanol – that CO2 has to go somewhere. This is not that different. You want the airlock to keep crud out, but let gas out – and the vodka goes in because nothing’s gonna grow in it.

  30. Shirley says:

    Karen’s absolutely right when she says to loosen the lid on that bottle so gas can escape. Here’s why:

    Many years ago we were a young married couple living in Vermont, about to celebrate a Canadian Thanksgiving with American houseguests. The home-baked apple pies were cooling on the sideboard in our country kitchen; the mashed potatoes, turnip casserole, Brussels sprouts‚ dressing, cranberries, and carved turkey had been placed on the table, and the guests had been called to dinner.

    I gave the gravy a final stir on the stove and had just turned to proudly inspect the beautiful scene, when suddenly there was the most incredible explosion directly behind my back. We had made sangria several weeks earlier, and without thinking had placed the leftover fruit-loaded red wine in a one-gallon glass jug on the shelf at the back of the stove. A combination of fermenting fruit and heat from the turkey cooking all day caused the glass jug to explode‚ at this worst of all possible moments, embedding glass shards in the nearby refrigerator’s steel door, etching the glass doors of my hutch across the kitchen, and covering everything in the entire 20’ by 20’ room with pulverized glass dust. Very sticky, red-wine-soaked, pulverized glass dust. Everything in the room — walls, floor, furniture, the hostess — was covered with it. The turkey and mashed potatoes, the apple pies — all were now inedible. Our newborn son’s changing table and every piece of his clothing, including 60 cloth diapers, was covered with the glass dust.

    My husband, our obliging guests and I spent the rest of evening washing and rinsing, vacuuming, and doing laundry. We were finally able to sit down to our Thanksgiving feast of canned tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches just before midnight. It wasn’t the meal I had planned, but no-one was hurt in what had the potential to be a very serious accident and for that we did give thanks.

    • karenagain says:

      OMG What a nightmare. At least no one was hurt. Your story reminded me of something that happened to my parent’s neighbours. They had bought a large can or jar of crab from Costco and didn’t realize it should have been kept in the fridge. They put it on a shelf in the pantry area in their garage. Well, it exploded and stinky crab went everywhere including into their open convertable.

  31. Jan says:

    I ‘m eager to know of your results,

    We have had many dogs, all house-trained, but one was a rescue dog who had an undetected bladder issue.

    The poor thing needed medical treatment for an underlying infection and didn’t have accidents after that. He was actually house-trained but out of control while sick.

    There has to be residual odor because twice now visiting dogs have tried to urinate where our rescue dog had accidents.

  32. Lauren says:

    It looks like sangria
    I’d rather make sangria. When its done you get to drink sangria YUM
    After this is done, you get to clean. Oh joy

  33. Debbie says:

    I will get this started tonight as the parent of two small rescue dogs this could be a blessing. Thank you, for passing this on. Come to think of it, it may work on the bunny cage…………..

  34. Ann says:

    OK-

    I have to pass on the very best, cheapest, easiest, most effective way to rid anything of any organic smell. Such as cat pee, skunk, vomit, ect.

    This really really works. And I use a ton of it.

    1 qt hydrogen peroxide
    1 Tablespoon baking soda
    small squirt of liquid dish soap

    Mix at time of need, since the H2O2 breaks down rather quickly. Pour over the area that needs to be cleaned. Let set for as long as you dare depending on the surface you are cleaning. Then wipe up. I have let it sit on my carpet for up to an hour so it could really soak down into the fibers and eat up the organic compounds that would be left behind with ordinary cleaning measures. For a wood floor, however, I would just let it sit for a minute or so and then mop up.

    For dogs who have been skunked, you put the mixture in a spray bottle and hose the pet down, trying to leave it on the pet for up to 15 minutes, depending on how wiggly your dog or cat is!! Then bathe with a good pet shampoo and the smell will be gone. Trust me. I have deskunked my 2 dogs at least 100 times each in the last 2 years.

    Also, it is good to throw a bottle of H2O2 into the wash when laundering pet bedding. Really takes the smell out, especially if you have a top loader and you can let everything soak for awhile before going thru the rinse cycle.

    I have never had this mixture bleach any colors out of carpet or clothing but I sure would test first to be sure.

    But this has got to beat making a mixture you have to wait 3 months for and have to be careful it does not explode!!

    • Kim from Milwaukee says:

      I agree, Ann. I used this in my spare bedroom after I moved my three litter boxes out of there. One of my cats regularly ‘missed’ his box, so the hardwood floors got a soaking with your mixture. It worked miraculously!! I had previously used ‘Nature’s Miracle’ and it stilled smelled. So this recipe was a godsend!

  35. Sandy says:

    You realize you’re brewing some hooch, right?

  36. Kasia says:

    I’m curious about the science behind this – where are the enzymes coming from? Enzymes are proteins with a very narrow range of function (pH, temp). I suppose there is probably natural yeast on the surface of the orange peels that causes the fermentation… maybe the enzymes come from this yeast? Or are there enzymes in the fruit itself? How does the fermentation process not destroy them?

    Huh. What did you learn in your research Karen??

    • Lemurific says:

      The enzymes are produced from the growing bacteria and yeast. This microbes ferment to grow, similar to us breathing. There are all different types of ways to ferment. Some fermenting results in lots of gas, acid, or ethanol or a combination. The enzymes produced from these fermenting microbes probably function at a more acidic pH (you are right about the narrow functioning).

  37. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Sounds too icky and sticky for me..I would forget to loosen the lids and to shake..I will watch to see what happens with yours..And thanks for the onion tip you sent me..

  38. Gayla T says:

    So now I have to admit to more of my mis-spent youth. You don’t have to put the lid back on at all. Just pull a large balloon over the neck and it will inflate from the gas and then it doesn’t bubble over. What you are actually making is home brew. It’s this vile concoction that turns into alcohol, very popular on college campuses around the world. Using citrus peels must be the masters program because you can do the same thing with potato peels. I’m sure this is all on the internet,too, but in my day it was a cherished family recipe handed down from fathers to sons. Except in my family it was from my mother to a guy I knew. Her dad owned the wholesale produce business that is still in existance today here in Topeka and left over produce plus Prohibition in the the 1930′s equaled a whole new business for my mom’s brothers. Now, roll this story up to the present day and you know why I just go buy a big jug of the cheapest vodka you can get and pour it all over the pee area and cover with aluminum foil. Cats hate aluminum foil and so they stay away and it keeps the vodka from evaporating too fast. The OCD and rescue animals means I use a lot of it. I know the guy at the liquor store thinks I’m a lush but at least my house doesn’t stink. There is an uncut male cat that comes and sprays my front door so I have that to clean plus my Maine Coon, even though he is fixed, feels he must respond to the challange and keeps peeing on the inside. My hardwood floors are the age of the house, over 110, so there are cracks between some of the boards. I put down paper towels, pour on the vodka and cover it up and it does great. We had an episode while I was sick and didn’t feel like going to the store so I grabbed the rubbing alcohol and it did the same thing and it’s from the dollar store. On carpet you will think it is not working because it has to interact with the urine but it kills it and the smell is gone. Cat pee is so much worse than dog that it makes me a bit crazy but it does work and finally dries out. If you compare buying vodka to making your own home brew the home made stuff is way cheaper but while you are waiting for the stuff to ferment, use vodka or rubbing alcohol. Soak it down into the pad really good. Use plenty cause it’s way cheaper than Nature’s Miracle. I learned this during my Realtor days because you can’t sell a stinking house. All of us told our clients about it because that was before Nature’s Miracle. So, if you go with rubbing alcohol, save the stuff you are making to drink. I’m thinking they used a piece of wire around the bottle neck so the balloons stay on and just blow up big. It’s only for parties when everyone is flat broke and desperate. I wouldn’t drink it because it was made with garbage but basically all booze is made that way. I think that the alcohol content is insanely high and so they always mixed it with punch. I might just add that I think it’s against the law to make your own home brew to drink. Or there is a limit on how much you can make. You don’t want the ADT guys raiding your kitchen.

    • Karen says:

      Gayla T – Thanks! I’ll give em both a shot just for fun. Maybe in 3 months I’ll have some sort of pee stand off. ~ karen

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Gayla, I have a rescue dog tat hasn’t quite figured out the potty training thing. I will have to hide the vodka from the hubby though.

  39. Leona says:

    My goodness! All these “alternatives”.

    Wouldn’t burning the house down work just as well? ;)

  40. Lemurific says:

    I’ll collect some citrus and give it a go, although I am doubtful on how well it will match my cats pee. My friend, who just so happens to be a vet, is going to give me some stuff to try, which is supposed to be better than natures miracle. So hopefully I can run some trials against cat urine.

  41. Kristin says:

    I have been suckered into buying Nature’s Miracle. It sort-of works, for my idiot dog (he’s a rescue, not really an idiot, but that’s what I feel like calling him when I’m cleaning up after him) who thinks it’s okay to pee in his kennel. I put some in the laundry with his blankies, and spritz the floor of his kennel with some & let it evaporate. But, like I said, it only sort-of works. I’m not sure I want to invest 3 months into something that might sort-of work, and may just explode in my pantry. I’m way too lazy to clean that crap up!

    Now, anybody know how to train a dummy dog to NOT pee in his kennel?? This is supposed to be instinctual, not to pee where you sleep. He’s translated the idea that if it’s okay to pee where he sleeps, it’s okay to pee where his (human) sisters sleep. This may just get him hauled back to rescue by the Big Dog (dh) in the house.

  42. Whozat says:

    Is it supposed to work on human urine? Like, say, that produced by a ostensibly-potty-trained three year old?

    Also, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that “loosen the cap” and “shake daily” is a bad combination.

  43. Marlene says:

    Hi Karen…LOVE your blog and your irreverent thought process. Do you think this will work on rotten chocolate milk? A small container of chocolate milk (left behind by my 22 year old daughter) exploded inside my husband’s car and soaked into the rug and leather chairs. We have tried a lot of stuff and nothing works…the smell is unbearable and sticks to everything…clothes, shoes, people. What to do? We are at our rope’s end. HELP!!!

  44. Lisa says:

    I have made this and do like it. I don’t have pets so don’t know if it works for pet accidents. I read that it turns into a vinegar. I think it works.
    You can speed the process by adding 1 tsp yeast. and wait two weeks. I have made both ways and both seem to work. Whenever we have citrus in our house I make a batch.

  45. Winegirl says:

    I have to admit, I use as many “green” solutions as I can. But since we are sans pets at this time, you’re on your own Chickie!

    Now, if you were making homemade wine… ;-D

  46. Alyson says:

    Actually… The best thing for cleaning pet smells including urine is Nok Out. Check it out… You won’t be able to make this yourself though (I don’t think). Bonus is it is a Canadian product made in Midhurst, Ontario. It is all natural, non-flammable,non-toxic and odorless.

    Cheers!!

  47. Karen EF says:

    This enzyme cleaner can be used for a wide variety of cleaning. It can be used to replace floor detergents as well as bathroom detergents. It works amazingly well on removing the black grout between the bathroom tiles. It basically replaces most chemical detergents. In asia, this is called both garbage enzymes or eco enzymes. Often the peels or scraps of leftover fruits are used, lemons, limes, oranges and pineapples being most commonly used and most effective, especially for grease removal.

    I use the pulp left over from making drinking enzymes (just fruit and honey/brown sugar fermentation – this is a fantastic all natural health supplement) and add a few ‘fresh’ lemon scraps and the water. This shortens the fermentation time to 1 month.

    Have fun with your DIY fruit enzyme projects!

  48. We used natures miracle when my dog was a puppy… thankfully we no longer need that!

  49. lemur_lass says:

    FYI: I have officially have found a pet cleaner that works! After years of being unsatisfied with Nature’s Miracle, my friend and vet recommended The Equalizer Carpet Stain and Odor Eliminator. It works and isn’t nearly as messy as the other stuff. It comes in a pressurized spray bottle and it easily penetrates surfaces for cleaning. It smells pleasant too. It has worked great for my couch, and my concrete basement floors. I have a Bengal cat (a rescue) who marks b/c of neighborhood skunks. You can buy it via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Equalizer-Carpet-Eliminator-ounces-aerosol/dp/B00061MT7U

  50. Lisa says:

    I make it and love it. It cleans great especially bathrooms and floors. No fruit flies, no sticky. Smells a little orangy but the house smells fresh when you clean with it.
    I have a batch I’m giving to my daughter for cleaning up after a sick dog. I don’t have dogs so don’t know if it will work.
    You can add yeast and speed up the fermenting so it can be used in two weeks time.
    I started using it after reading about it on line. I gave it a try because our septic guy said to pour brown sugar and yeast down the drain for the septic. Supposedly this enzyme helps cleans drains

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for the comment Lisa! I was just looking at my bottle. It doesn’t seem to have fermented at all in the past month. No gases have built up at all. (although I do shake and open the cap every day so maybe that has something to do with it). ~ karen!

  51. I’ve just tried this…well three months ago according to the recipe…and I ended up with 3 litres of rotted, stinky goop. I have messed up somewhere ;)

    • Karen says:

      Sarah – Hmm. Well … can’t wait to see what mine’s like, LOL. It sounds like yours didn’t ferment. Mine doesn’t seem to be doing much either! ~ karen

  52. tracy says:

    I worry that this may cause ants where I spray it.

  53. Rose says:

    HI. I wonder if you have already harvested your garbage enzyme. Is it really useful?

    • Karen says:

      Rose – It has another week or so to go. Frankly I’m not holding my breath for it to be fantastic. It didn’t really seem to ferment … I’m not sure. I’ll let you know in a couple of week! ~ karen

  54. Rose says:

    Thanks for your reply, Karen. Hope to hear your feedback soon.

  55. Mila says:

    Well, I’m guessing if it had worked there would be more to this post right? If nothing else did you try the two week version with yeast? I realize I’m a little late jumping in on this band wagon. By the way, do you think grapefruit would work as well?

  56. Tina says:

    Try soaking citrus peels in vinegar for 2 weeks. No shaking or blowing up lol .. I have done this method …

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