Most people hear “fermentation” and run a mile, picturing a dirty, smelly process with a few worms and other creepy crawlies thrown in for good measure. However, that is miles from the truth when it comes to garbage enzymes. Garbage enzyme, or more palatably, eco-enzyme is made from fermented vegetable and fruit waste. The process is contained in a bottle, and you won’t even have to get your hands dirty beyond chopping up the ingredients. When the right ingredients are used, the enzyme can even have a pleasant smell.
Why make garbage enzymes?
Garbage or eco-enzyme is an organic fertilizer, a natural pesticide and herbicide, a cleaning agent, an anti-bacterial agent, and even an air freshener. It’s been known to turn sandy, infertile land into thriving farms, stop the growth of fungus on oil palms and increase the yield of fruit trees. Spritzing your dog with garbage enzyme will keep the ticks away and a dash of enzymes in your mopping water will help to disinfect your house and keep it smelling fresh. This all-natural product is an excellent alternative to harsh, environment-destroying chemicals. Best of all, it’s a useful way to get rid of your kitchen waste and reduce your contribution to landfills, particularly if you don’t have the space or the time to start a compost pile.
How to Make Garbage Enzyme
To get started, you will need:
- An airtight bottle
- One part black sugar
- Ten parts water
- Three parts fruit peelings or vegetable scraps
1. To make the enzyme, fill the bottle with the ingredients using the prescribed ratio. Make sure to only fill the bottle to a maximum of three-quarters of the way up as the gases formed during the fermentation process will cause the liquid to rise.
2. Close the lid tightly and leave to ferment for three months.
3. Open the lid once a day during the first month in order to release the gases formed. (Important! The gases formed may cause your bottle to shoot its cap if you forget)
4. Release gases as necessary (if the level of the liquid rises too high) during the second and third month. Don’t worry if you see worms in the mixture – simply add sugar, stir, and recap.
5. After three months, the enzyme is ready to be harvested. Pour the liquid through a filter to remove all the residue. The liquid is the enzyme while the residue may be used to start a new batch of garbage enzymes, and is also an excellent fertilizer when blended and dried.
Using Garbage Enzyme
Garbage enzymes need to be diluted with water before use. The degree of dilution depends on the intended use:
- For use as a fertilizer, dilute it using a ratio of between 1:100 (i.e. 1 ml of enzyme to 100 ml of water) and 1:1000
- For use as an insecticide, dilute it using a ratio of 1:1000
- For use as a pesticide, use a ratio of 1:100
- For use as an air freshener, use a ratio of 1:200
- For use as plant hormones to boost productivity, use a ratio of 1:500
Tips and tricks
1. Use citrus fruit peel to make the enzyme smell nice.
2. Use plant materials only!
3. Substitute black sugar with brown sugar or other types of unprocessed sugar. Even molasses will do, as long as it’s not processed white sugar.
This article on how to make garbage enzyme was supplied by P. Soh from Constant Content.
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