No grime with en­zymes

> Spread­ing aware­ness on nat­u­ral reme­dies and re­cy­cling

The Sun (Malaysia) - - TRENDS - BY YEE JIE MIN

HOW many of us know what goes into the clean­ing so­lu­tions we use on a daily ba­sis? And how or­ganic and nat­u­ral do some claim to be? Orange peels, sugar and wa­ter are the only in­gre­di­ents Jes­sica Tan uses to make her en­zyme clean­ers.

Af­ter quit­ting her job two-and-a-half years ago, her hands broke out badly from help­ing around with chores due to eczema which runs in the fam­ily. It is un­for­tu­nately in­her­ited by her youngest daugh­ter and although she doesn't have ma­jor break­outs, she itches when her clothes are washed with com­mer­cial de­ter­gents.

"I started read­ing about nat­u­ral clean­ing reme­dies and started us­ing vine­gar and bak­ing soda to clean. It works, but not en­tirely. And when my mother-in-law was di­ag­nosed with can­cer, it made it more so to ap­ply nat­u­ral reme­dies at home.

"I came across en­zyme clean­ers and was dis­gusted with it at first. I mean, why would some­one fer­ment some­thing and use it to clean? And would it even clean? I started mak­ing the first batch and tried us­ing it to wash the floor. My helper liked it and said it was cleaner than us­ing vine­gar and bak­ing soda," Tan said.

It was dur­ing Chi­nese New Year when her son was nag­ging about help­ing her make the en­zyme clean­ers when the other kids were play­ing that he said why not sell it so they have some mo­ti­va­tion to do it. Tan read more on how peo­ple make com­mer­cial clean­ers and re­alised there is po­ten­tial. There are many home­made, or­ganic food but there was no one sell­ing clean­ing so­lu­tions.

Sold un­der the name J Home­made Nat­u­ral Clean­ers, Tan mainly uses orange as well as grape­fruit, lime, lemon and pineap­ple peels to make her mul­ti­pur­pose en­zyme clean­ers. She has also cre­ated cleaner paste, fab­ric soft­ener, bleach, fizzy pods and mosquito spray. Tan said she didn't know where to start telling peo­ple how to use her en­zyme cleaner. Most of her cus­tomers had to en­gage with her to know how it can be used and hence, she has come up with a blog to share the mea­sure­ments needed for dif­fer­ent uses. Some of the ways it can be used is with laun­dry, dishes, floors and even, bathing. Tan read a case study on a di­a­betes pa­tient who needed to am­pu­tate his leg due to a wound that wouldn't heal. He started soak­ing with en­zyme clean­ers and it healed. She then re­alised she could shower her daugh­ter with it and it works won­der­fully. She no longer itches af­ter bathing.

"I want to cre­ate aware­ness of us­ing nat­u­ral reme­dies as well as push the mes­sage of re­cy­cling. A lot of peo­ple want to re­cy­cle but they don't know how to do it. The most con­ve­nient way is to throw it away, but there will come a day when we will be drowned by it," Tan said.

She wants to tell peo­ple they can re­use be­fore throw­ing it away or turn it into some­thing use­ful. Tan reuses any kind of bot­tles to fer­ment her en­zyme clean­ers, and reuses cor­dial bot­tles, milk bot­tles, breast milk bags and tau foo fah con­tain­ers to sell the fin­ished prod­ucts.

"I don't force my fam­ily and friends to buy my clean­ers. I don't want them to buy and keep it at home just to sup­port me. But when I started, I brought it to my fam­ily's homes and swap their stuff. They slowly adapted it to their life and they see a change.

"Feed­back has been positive. Peo­ple are start­ing to be aware of it and are keen to try. I have cus­tomers who buy one to try and come back for more; you know that is a good sign. "You have to be will­ing to use it. I tell my cus­tomers up­front that my clean­ers have no bub­bles and has a fer­mented smell, but it is not smelly," Tan said.

MOHD AMIRUL SYAFIQ/THESUN

Tan said peo­ple are start­ing to be aware of en­zyme clean­ers.

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