How To Use Citrus Peels To Make A Multi-Purpose Non-Toxic Household Cleaner

You will definitely hate putting “garbage enzymes” and “cleaning product” in the same sentence, but hey, there is a strong connection between these. Just keep reading, and learn how to turn your garbage into an eco-friendly, chemical-free and powerful cleaning product.

Garbage enzymes

This may not be the best name for our multi-purpose DIY cleaning product, but it’s as close as we can get. So, the product is actually an acetic acid obtained as a result of the fermentation of fruit and veggie scraps. You will also need some brown sugar and water.

The combo of these ingredients will give you the most powerful, all-natural and safe cleaning product. There are almost zero expenses here.

How to make your garbage enzymes?


  • ½ cup brown sugar, jaggery, molasses
  • 1 ½ cup organic fruit scraps (citrus peels work best, and the scent is amazing)
  • 1l (10 cups) fresh water

You will also need a plastic, wide-mouth bottle, and make sure it has an airtight cap. And yes, wash it before use.

Follow a ratio of 1:3:10 of sugar, fruit scraps and water respectively. Change the amount of the ingredients you’re using depending on the amount of product you need at the moment.


Add the sugar to your plastic bottle, and add in the fruit scraps. Pour in the water, and put the cap on. If your bottle is not airtight, the scraps will attract an army of fruit flies and maggots. Mark the date using a permanent marker.

The fermentation process

This phase lasts for up to two months, as it takes this much for the scraps to ferment. Shake the content every day. You will also notice gases coming out of the bottle, so make sure you open it every day to release them.

If the bottle has “swollen,” take off the cap, and let the gas out. The swelling occurs during the first few weeks.

If you notice a whitish thing on the top of the liquid, don’t panic, that’s your yeast, and this is normal. Shake the bottle to mix things up. The yeast assists the fermentation of the brown sugar, and turns it into alcohol. And alcohol cleans like crazy!

Your garbage enzymes are ready for use after two months. Strain the liquid through a gauze, and use it to clean your home. The residue works well as a natural fertilizer for your home garden.


We give you a few tips on how to use your homemade cleaning product:

  1. Dishes and laundry

Add a quarter cup of garbage enzymes to your hand-washed dishes and laundry. Add the enzymes to your washing machine before adding your clothes. When it comes to dishes, consider adding a touch of detergent as well.

  1. Stains

A capful of garbage enzymes will work on every stain. Use it undiluted, and let it work for a couple of hours. Wash well. Garbage enzymes can remove anything from blood stains to wine.

  1. Floors

Dilute one part of enzymes to 20 parts of water, and mop clean your kitchen and bathroom floors.

  1. Veggie fertilizer

Use the same amount of liquid to fertilize your plants. This applies to both flowers and… regular plants. Don’t use too much of the enzymes, as the liquid may damage your plants.

  1. Cars

Use the same amount of diluted garbage enzymes to clean your car. Rinse well. If your vehicle is too dirty, stick to a 1:10 ratio.

  1. Glass

Combine one part of garbage enzymes and three parts of water. Transfer the diluted product into a spray bottle, and work that mirror or window.

This is a nice alternative to the conventional cleaning products you use every day. You will be happy with the results, and your family will be safe from chemicals. Give it a try!

Source: Juicing For Health