Monday, June 30, 2008

Garbage Enzyme

This morning, a friend told me of a garbage enzyme workshop workshop which contributes to a better earth friendly environment.

I was my first time hearing of such thing. With the changes in the climate and the many waste thrown into garbage, I was listening attentively to her, when I found out that we can contribute to the climate change through a simple DIY formula using kitchen waste (fruits' skin and unwanted vegetables).

This not only helps in protecting our ozone layer and lower global temperature, but actually provides a natural and environment friendly way to use the enzyme liquid as a household cleaner, air purifier, laundry and floor detergent, shampoo (yes, shampoo!!), body care, car care and or course as an organic fertiliser.

It removes odor, molds and grime, it's antibacterial and anti-viral.

It's all natural, and in fact, it doesn't even smell and actually acts as an insecticide as well!

The dilution ratio for usage is approximately 1:1000 to use enzyme as insecticide, 1:100 for pesticide, diluting it 200X to be used as air-refreshener and 500x as hormones for plants to get more fruits or flowers.

1 Tbp of enzymes for 1 litre of detergent water/dish washing liquid/shampoo (or 1tsp for 500cc) will help reduce the side effects in chemicals and enhance the nutrients.

The ratio of making this would be mixing 3 parts of the unwanted fruits and vegetables to 1 part of brown sugar (not sure whether this is gula melaka or that special brown sugar for making desserts) with 10 parts of water.

Keep these in an airtight container and leave it unopened for 3 months. After that, you can pour them into individual containers for your daily household usage and personal care.


14 comments:

jazzmint said...

whoa..so cool, eh after 3 months must let us know how it turn up...

Lian said...

Really interesting. Thanks for letting me know. August 9 is my son's birthday. Maybe I will make it into a birthday outing for him.

Baby Smooches said...

ya, Jazz, I've started collecting the "waste" - mostly vegs, apple skin and orange skin. Am trying to figure out whether appropriate to add chilli and egg shell or not.
Hi, Ai Lian.. hope to see you there1 :-)

Sue said...

Sounds very interesting... but I just can't imagine using something fermented from rubbish as a shampoo and what-not :P

My mind's telling me there will be maggots and awful smell... do update us on the outcome :D

Debbie Y said...

i got to know this from my colleague as well. But she suggested i'm using only fruits as the smell won't be that awful....

i'm in the midst of doing it now. :)

Baby Smooches said...

Hi, Sue, I asked about the smell and the fermentation as well but was told that I'll be pleasantly surprise that there will be a pleasant smell. I'm still not sure about that, but I'll see the results in 3 months time.

hi, Debbie, I've also just started mine, using mostly waste from carrots, bayam stalk, guava skin, apple skin (lots of it), watermelon skin, and orange skin :P
We'll see how it turns out. I would probably use it for the floors and as vitamins for watering my plants.

Halori said...

so how does it protect the ozone layer and lower global temperature???

Baby Smooches said...

There's a write-up on this in last Sat's Star newspaper.

http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2008/7/26/lifefocus/1633121&sec=lifefocus

Hi, Halori. In the write-up, it states The production of garbage enzyme generates ground-level Ozone (O3). The O3 helps to maintain the earth’s temperature by releasing the heat trapped by the heavy metal in the clouds. If every household turns its garbage into enzyme, we can protect our ozone, live in a smog-free environment and eat food free from toxins." says Dr Onn who started this hype and making the difference.

Mixing the garbage enzyme with chemical cleaning products actually help to breakdown the harmful chemicals as well.

Halori said...

hmm, so in this way, the ozone we produce can help to "reinforce" the ozone layer that is depleting now?

seriously, if my knowledge doesnt fail me, ground level ozone would not be able to reach the ozone layer in stratosphere.

heavy metal and among other pollutants will be remove automatically when the cloud precipitate (they serve as condensation nucleus for the water to grow)

in fact, exposure to ozone would bring harm to human's health and even slow plant growth.

Ozone itself it a greenhouse gas too (can trap heat too,which can contribute to warming)

lastly, ozone is smelly and toxic. hence i doubt this "enzyme" produce ozone. anyway, i emailed and inquire about this enzyme, apparently no reply from them yet.

thanks for replying. :)

Baby Smooches said...

hi again, Halori. Do keep me informed when you do get the reply from them.

Scientifically, how it helps recover the ozone layer is beyond my knowledge. The ozone from the enzymes are suppose to "purify" the 'heavy metals' that are trapped in the sky/clouds which tend to create more heat thus causing global warming. If enzymes can reduce these, logically, it should create a better environment?

Sounds complicating and all, but I personally like the idea of reducing harmful chemicals in my daily use of detergents, etc..

Halori said...

well, I am back.
I have just sent her another email to clarify more things.
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/ozonegen.html
for the whole issuse of ozone, you can refer to the above link.
This pretty much dismiss the "wonderful" effect of ozone.

Sze said...

hi, i found ur blog in one of my fren's facebook. i've made the garbage enzymes 3 mths ago, and have been using it as the floor detergent. The effect is so good, the floor after mopped is v clean and less ants. the plants are growing well with the waste after fermented (btw, we just use the water from the enzymes). And I've made the fruits enzymes for our daily consumption too. so if u r interested, i can teach you how to do it. btw, i'm also a beginner n we can learn from each others. The main purpose is saving the environment and improving our living quality with the most natural way.

Staz

Jaui said...

OK, so i've only been introduced to this stuff recently after finally buying myself a bottle of it in Justlife...

On one hand, i'm glad that there's something natural and inexpensive that can be used as a household cleaner. Then on the other hand, i'm skeptical about the claims that the die-hards have about it saving the ozone layer.

I tend to believe the guys who are saying that ground ozone doesn't do much good for anyone and may be slightly harmful. I'm assuming, though, that the gasses produced by this way of composting would be similar to the gasses produced by normal composting.

Having said that, I would like to see more evidence of the science behind it. Up till now, I've only been able to find very generalised comments and unbelievable claims of it saving the world through "replenishing the ozone layer".

It would be more believable, however, to just leave it at the fact that the liquids left behind after the process can be used as a natural detergent for cleaning and for washing.

Still, more science behind the claims would be good. I did read one commenter on another blog saying that the acidity of the 'enzyme' may be harmful for rivers and the ocean in the long term, but I can't be too sure of that.

Maybe someone should do a generalised breakdown of the make-up of the final product. I know that there will be differences between batches because of the types of waste people will be using, but perhaps a test done on an average batch would be more convincing.

Babysmooches said...

I've gotten similar thoughts from friends on this as well, Jaui.
Being a regular user and a believer in stuffs which lessen the chemical content, I'm a sucker to try it.
Like you, I do wonder about the about claims on the ozone layer. Decomposition, wehther through this way, or the natural, is still processed the same way I suppose.
I've not used it as a detergent or for floor cleaning due to my doubts on the REAL scenario on how it really works.
However, I've used it on my car porch floor and watering of my plants. not much difference, but can't help thinking that my plant look a little nicer now.
So, do keep me updated if you get scientific back-up on the enzyme works.
I've not heard of the acidity part, and would certainly like to be informed the extent to how this helps in the ozone layer and the effectiveness on the usage.

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