Environmental safety is a growing concern in this world. This concern has sparked an interest in enzymatic cleaners. Some people call these cleaners “bio-enzymatic cleaners.” The cleaners contain protein and some bacteria. These cleaners are biodegradable, non-toxic, and versatile. Some bio cleaners can be used to remove tough stains from laundry. However, many products have been created to clean almost everything. Some of the uses of these cleaners are:
- Removing motor oil
- Removing grease (automotive and food)
- Oder Control
- Grease Traps
- Septic Systems
- Carpet Cleaners
Bio-enzymatic cleaners are not a cure-all for drain problems. Most will “eat” the scum and mineral build ups, but they won’t dissolve hair or hardier blockages. Enzymes are not living creatures although a bacterium is, and is essential to the mixture. Enzymes break organic matter down into its simplest form. The bacteria eat what is left.
How do I make a Bio-Enzymatic Cleaner?
- Load 7 tablespoons of brown sugar into a clean 2 litre bottle.
- Peel some oranges, lemons, apples, or limes for the skin.
- Rinse the skin the in the sink. Then cut the peeling into small pieces.
- Add 1 ½ cup of peeling to the bottle.
- Next fill the bottle half way up with tap water. Cap the bottle.
- Shake the mixture till the sugar dissolves.
- Then loosen the cap so the gases will escape.
- Mark the bottle with the current date.
- Set the bottle back for about 3 months. This allows it to ferment. (To lessen the wait team to only 3 to 4 weeks use yeast.)
What to Consider
- Bio-Enzymatic cleaners are most effective when used once a month.
- Combining a bio-enzymatic cleaner and a chemical cleaner can be both dangerous and pointless. Chemicals like bleach will kill the bacteria in the bio cleaner. The bacteria are what get rid of the muck.
- It takes up to 30 minutes for a bio-enzymatic cleaner to work.
- Traditional plumbing techniques like snaking and plunging will probably still need to be necessary when the drain is clogged. Bio cleaners help with organic build-up and odour causing bacteria, but not much else.
Bio-enzymatic cleaners are a safe choice for a household cleaner. However there are some limitations to its uses. Home owners shouldn’t expect miracles. These cleaners will help with a bacteria problem, but not the wad of hair stuck in your drain. If a green solution is for you, just remember natural fixes require some patience.