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How to Make Your Own Eco-Enzyme Detergent

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DIY enzyme laundry detergent is simple to make and effective. Bes of all, it's eco-friendly and inexpensive! Read on to discover how to make detergent enzymes.

DIY enzyme laundry detergent is simple to make and effective. Bes of all, it's eco-friendly and inexpensive! Read on to discover how to make detergent enzymes.

DIY Enzyme Laundry Detergent

During our schooling days, we were taught that enzymes are produced by living organisms like bacteria. Enzymes are protein chains that bring about a biochemical reaction, which is essential to help increase the metabolism in our body. Another important property of enzymes is that they break down water-insoluble dirt into smaller molecules. This makes them a perfect cleaning agent. There are a lot of "enzyme cleaners/detergents" commercially sold in the market.

What Is Eco-Enzyme?

Eco-Enzyme, also known as "Garbage Enzyme," was first introduced by Dr. Rosukon Poompanvong, who is the founder of the Organic Agriculture Association of Thailand. The idea of the project was to cultivate enzymes from organic waste that we would normally throw into the garbage bin as an organic cleaner. His findings proved not only that this enzyme is cheap and easy to make (in huge volume) but that it is also an effective cleaning detergent. Best of all, it is environmentally friendly.


How to Make Detergent Enzymes

Below are simple instructions to make your own enzyme detergent. Although you can use any type of organic waste, I would recommend using fruit skins and/or vegetable wastes.


10 liters (2.64 US gallons) - tap water

1kg (2.2 lbs) - brown sugar

3kg (6.6 lbs) - fruit skins (e.g., orange, lemon, papaya, apple, watermelon, etc.) and/or vegetable waste

Preparation Method

1. Get yourself an empty and clean 20-liter plastic container with an airtight lid.

2. Fill the container with 10 liters of tap water.

3. Add 1 kg of brown sugar or any kind of unprocessed sugar and stir until it dissolves in the water. DO NOT use the normal processed white sugar.

4. Add 3 kg of fruit waste into the container. It might take some time to collect such an amount of fruit waste - get them from fruit stalls.

5. Mixed the ingredients properly in the container with a clean plastic ruler or stick

6. Close the lid of the container tightly.

7. During the first month of fermentation, open the lid once every two days and stir the mixture. This is to release gas produced during fermentation and at the same time allow more oxygen for the fermentation.

8. Leave the mixture for another two months (in a sheltered location) to allow fermentation to continue. During this period, stir the mixture once every two weeks.

9. After three months, the enzyme should have a dark brown color that is ready to be used. Remove all fruit skins and remainder (use them as fertilizer for your plants).

10. You may want to bottle them into smaller handy bottles.

Expert Advice

  • A plastic container is preferred as gas will be released during the fermentation process. Plastic containers are not as rigid as glass or metal.
  • Do not use fruit/vegetable wastes that are rotten or have fungus on them.
  • During the fermentation process, it will produce some smell. Make sure you close the lid of the container tightly.
  • To know if the fermentation process is going well, you should see a white layer of bio-film on the enzyme's surface.
  • If you want to make a smaller quantity, reduce the ratio accordingly — i.e., 10 parts of water, 1 part of brown sugar, and 3 parts fruit/vegetable wastes.
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The above Eco-Enzyme formula is concentrated. You need to dilute it with water before using it. Since different usage requires different concentrations, start with one capful of the enzymes to one liter of water and reduce/add as needed. Don't be too worried about getting the right concentration.

There are many uses of Eco-Enzyme. Their antibacterial and antiviral resistance properties make them great for cleaning drains, floors, bathrooms, dishes, fruits, vegetables, and even your body. Eco-Enzyme improves air quality by removing foul odors and driving away insects in your home. Besides being an effective cleaning agent, Eco-Enzyme is biodegradable, which helps protect our environment compared to conventional chemically produced detergents.

How to Make Eco-Enzyme Fertilizer and Pesticide

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


alphiya on May 05, 2018:

How does the brown sugar help in the fermentation or in the production of eco enzyme????

Your life on March 18, 2018:

Why do we have to use brown sugar instead of white sugar??

Estel on November 24, 2015:

Isn't this product of fermentation what is commonly known as "vinegar", which as an acid, has excellent cleaning properties? If not, could you explain the difference? Thank you?

David on July 28, 2014:

I always thought modern brown sugar was nothing more than refined sugar and molasses. I would guess the refining is not the concern but the additional calcium of the molasses might be aiding in the process.

edward on May 31, 2013:

Well for me this was a waste of time might only work as a cleaner to remove dust not impressed at all

edward on May 31, 2013:

Well for me this was a waste of time might only work as a cleaner to remove dust not impressed at all

choesf on November 27, 2011:

I would like to add that these enzymes when used to mop floors are also very pet-friendly. When I was using commercial floor washes, my cats have occasional bouts of vomiting (well, cats like to clean/lick their fur and paws). But since I started using the eco-enzyme, they never have vomiting anymore.

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on October 13, 2011:

Brilliant hub! We just have to stop filling our waterways with toxic detergents - which is sold to us in the name of profit only. I've started steaming my clothes more often to cut down on the washing and resulting damage.

I will certainly try this. Thanks a million and rated up and more. Yay!

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on October 13, 2011:

wow -- conflicting comments about effectiveness. I am going to do more research. Thanks for sharing.

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on October 10, 2011:

Wow, great idea, I immediately want to know what it smells like? I estimate we spend around 100-125$/year on detergent so there's that savings too.

Well done,

Ben on October 10, 2011:

this is good tips. everyone shall try.

Deborah Demander from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on October 09, 2011:

Fascinating hub. Congratulations on your hubnuggets nomination.


calvincho from George Town on October 09, 2011:

Great information of garbage enzyme. The more people know about this, the better chance of our earth to be healed.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on October 09, 2011:

Wow... thank you for this step by step instructions on how to make eco enzyme detergent. Thumbs up!

Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To read and vote, this way

joriechew on October 08, 2011:

Congratulation! It is a great hub indeed.

klyyong on September 25, 2011:

Yes, eco-enzyme can be used to replace the house hold cleaning agent to protect our environment. Save the world for our future generation! Good article.

abacus2000bc on September 23, 2011:

eco-enzyme proved that "Garbage in Garbage out" is not always true.

idex231 from MY on September 21, 2011:

I use the enzyme for the floor and as the fertilizer for the plant. Just be careful when use as fertilizer as it needs to be diluted or it'll kill the plant instead. Initially I use all kinds of garbage,but eventually found that to get better smell and not getting any worm in the enzyme, I use only fruit skin, especially citrus. This hub is great! Good for the pocket, good for the environment!!

henrygogoals from Singapare on September 21, 2011:

Yes, I tried before.

happyyeo on September 19, 2011:

Citrus skins such as lemon, orange and pineapple are smell good. I use this eco-enzyme to clean floor because it works as an insect repellent. Thanks for sharing.

doubleH from Singapore on September 18, 2011:

Good sharing.

beginners-dslr from Malaysia on September 18, 2011:

Thanks for this great article of this wonder cleaner! My mom made tonnes of them. I used them as floor and toilet cleaner, and it acts as a natural insect repellent too. Voted up!

activedragon on September 18, 2011:

My wife loves those enzyme when it comes to cleaning. They could be used for so many things. I've made a lot about 2 years ago and they are still being soaked with the fruit skins. I like to use only citrus fruits as they smell good.

They've been soaked for so long, partly due to making too much to be used by us and partly lazy bone to bottle them. They're all still in the air-tight container. Wonder if they will be more potent when soaked longer.

Thanks for your article. It has just reminded me that I still have 6 big containers of enzyme to use. :)

My Footprints from MY on September 18, 2011:

We made such enzyme for our household use – mainly as floor detergent. Won’t say is very effective but its a good way to protect the environment. I bought another type of enzyme - worm urine for my plants. Just tried once - no results to share in terms of effectiveness.

GT Ooi from Penang, Malaysia on September 17, 2011:

I have tried this but not so successful, will compare your method vs mine for next trial out

ilitek on September 17, 2011:

i have done this before.

ghiblipg on September 17, 2011:

this is interesting...if every family can do it, for sure will help the environment a lot =)

umakeit on September 17, 2011:

Good article, martinyz, Eco-Enzyme is good to our environment. I like their antibacterial and antiviral resistance properties. Thanks for sharing.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 17, 2011:

I like the concept of doing what I can to protect the environment. I will, definitely try this.

kidsworld on September 17, 2011:

Will start making my own eco-enzyme detergent after reading this article. Thks 4 sharing.

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