TBC Crafter 75 – Handmade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner

Two three years ago, I was addicted to making fruit enzyme. I made a new jar almost every week. The process was actually pretty interesting, observing the bubbles increased, loosening the cap, hearing the gas released, taking pictures to record the daily difference, testing with different kinds of fruits… all those were adventurous and rewarding. At that time, I had a lot of lemon peels and/or orange peels left and most of them ended up in the composite bin. Sometimes, I might use the orange peels to make confection and my daughter loved so much.

Making fruit enzyme requires a lot of work and it is not cheap. The quality of the fruits is important. I wished to have a lemon tree in my backyard so badly. My hubby always said,”Why don’t you just eat fruits everyday? Easy and convenient.” Later, I became so busy and did not have much time to spend on making fruit enzyme. After I finished the last jar, I used all the storage jars to keep kitchen ingredients and started making more plum wine.

One of my friends told me that she used scraps of vegetables and fruit peels to make enzyme cleaner. Her 2 daughters have bad eczema. All cleaners, detergents and soaps that contain fragrance and/or chemicals can cause outburst. She is a pharmacist and started to make her own soap, chapstick and cleaner 2 years ago. She introduced the idea to me but soap-making needs space for processing and drying. I cannot have space for making a work room hence, I am hesitating to start. Instead, making enzyme cleaner seems to be much easier and feasible for me, except it takes 3 months to be ready to use!

In last month, my whole family was sick. Hubby made everyone in the house eating oranges everyday. All a sudden, I need to peel off a few oranges at one time and a good pile of orange peels left in the kitchen. An idea flashed on top of my mind and I started making my very first citrus enzyme cleaner.



A big plastic bottle (no metal one because of the chemical reaction and no glass one as there is gas building up), I have some 1 gallon water bottles sitting around in the kitchen. They are perfect.

Citrus peels, I used orange this time, about 4 oranges

Brown sugar, about 1.5 cup

Tap water, about 12-13 cups

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How to instructions:

  • Wash the orange peels, put it in a drainer and let them dry. I left the drainer with orange peels in room temperature for 1-2 days before using.
  • Put the orange peels into the plastic bottle (since the bottle stored water before, I did not need to rinse it before use).
  • Add sugar into the bottle.
  • Pour in water up to no more than 80% of the bottle, need to leave room for gas build up. Remember the water needs to cover all the peels. It may be a bit hard on the first few days as the peels would float on top. Just flip the bottle upside down everyday to make sure that the peels would be wet. After 1 week, you would see the peels soaking in the water and start to sink inside the bottle.


  • In the first 2 weeks, loosen the cap at least once everyday to release gas. It is the most funny part – you can see the bottle pup up and hear a “loud and beautiful” gas release, then smell the orange (at the beginning, the smell can be awful too but it the terrible smell would disappear after the 2nd week.) Afterwards, leave the bottle in room temperature without exposure to sunlight for another 2.5 months, no need to loosen or open the cap everyday any more.


  • The whole enzyme cleaner making process takes 3 months. When it is ready, simply mix the enzyme cleaner with water and it can be used for washing dishes, laundry, mopping flour, cleaning toilet bowl/sink.

I made this bottle about 3 weeks ago and there are 2 more months to wait before it is ready to be used. Follow up post(s) would be written after I test it on different tasks.

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