Small Change: Cleaning with Enzymes

Being fairly new to owning a dog (we had one whilst I was growing up, but realistically I didn't take care of it at all) I'm researching EVERYTHING, from training to feeding, grooming to cleaning.

The grooming part is pretty easy, we use a furminator and I made a calming spray with essential oils (calming because getting groomed is not Cooper's favourite time of day).

It's 20 drops lavender oil, 10 drops chamomile and 5 drops of sweet majoram topped up with water, in case you were wondering.

Plenty of grooming, and a lovely spray, is supposed to keep the doggy smells out of your home, but what about those inevitable accidents?

We are doing 'errorless' house training with Cooper, but there have been 'errors' - mostly after his vaccinations when he was very unwell :0(

It's important to deal with these accidents quickly and mask the smell of vomit or urine to ensure that the dog doesn't decide this is a suitable place to use as a toilet. We have been scrubbing with hot water and bleach, but I've recently be reading up on something even better.

Enzymatic cleaners.

" Enzymes are proteins which exist in all living organisms including humans. Their main function is to speed up chemical processes. Therefore, enzymes can give very satisfying results when used to clean stubborn stains... For pet owners, enzymes can do a marvelous job of eliminating stains and odors that emanate from pet urine. The enzyme cleaners utilize oxidation processes to remove urine stains together with the associated odors. Enzymes are primarily catalysts that only enhance chemical processes without wearing on fabrics. For this reason, you can trust them to be non-caustic and non-corrosive as they remove stains from your furniture, carpets, floor and other surfaces...

...When it comes to use of chemicals for cleaning, no matter how effective they are, people always question their safety. However, enzyme cleaners are naturally green solutions and safe to use at home, at work or in the workshop. Cleaners that come from enzymes are harmless to both the environment and their direct users. They are non-toxic, non-corrosive and compatible with persons prone to allergic reactions. As such, if your target surface can be cleaned with water then enzyme cleaning solutions will suffice. Once you complete your cleaning, you will not need to worry about disposal of the dirty water. The catalysts blend will well with the natural environment."

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Seriously, how great does that sound? The best part is that it's non-toxic to my kids, so I don't have to worry about cleaning it all up after I've mopped the floor with it, everything just naturally breaks down into natural components and gets recycled by the planet. 

I'm converted, but where can I buy it?

Turns out, unless you are a hospital or a restaurant it's not that easy. You can order some from the states on ebay, but the postage is horrific. 
So I found a recipe to make my own.

The bad news is it takes three months to make, the good news is I made it yesterday so only 11 weeks and 6 days to wait until I can tell you my results!

Here's how it goes if you want to join me in this little experiment:

7/8 cup of brown sugar
2.5 cups citrus scraps (I used orange peels and the skin and core of a pineapple we just ate)
4 cups of water

Shake these all together in a large jar that is sealed tightly and leave it somewhere dark for 3 months. You will need to burp the jar regularly, unless you use my DIY Pickl-it tutorial

That's it, super easy. Let's hope it works...

For more on the science behind enzyme cleaners, you can >click here<.


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