Eco-enzyme is a very popular DIY product in Asian countries, and so many people are making it at home (http://www.enzymesos.com/what-is-eco-enzyme). Basically, it mimics and accelerates the bio-chemical reactions in nature to produce useful enzymes using fruit or veggie garbage. The eco-enzyme has so many ways to help nature cycles: it could treat hardened soil, improve plant growth, and cleanse polluted water (http://www.enzymesos.com/what-is-eco-enzyme/how-to-use-eco-enzyme). It also could be added into household cleansing products to enhance function, such as shampoo, dishwashing detergent, laundry detergent, etc. I’ve also read articles about how people use eco-enzyme to heal skin disease and reported amazing results. (http://www.hbjsjdq.com/thread-197048-1-1.html).
I have used the DIY eco-enzyme shampoo for more than a year, here is my experience. Some people reported before their white hair turned to black, I haven’t experienced that yet. However, I’m sure it does a great job to treat oily hair and itchy scalp! I have suffered the problem for more than 20 years. When I became a teenager, I began to have the problem of oily hair and itchy scalp so I needed to wash my hair every other day. In recent years, I even need to wash every day or two times a day. I found my hair and scalp become very unhealthy. I’ve heard that there are many problematic ingredients in any popular brands of shampoo. So I started to try out many organic brands, both expensive and inexpensive. None of them works for me.
Finally, I decided to make DIY eco-enzyme enriched shampoo to see how it works.
There are two steps, 1) make eco-enzyme liquid, then 2) use the liquid to make shampoo.
- How to make eco-enzyme?
There are many ways to make eco-enzymes. Basically, I followed the most popular instruction invented by Dr. Rosukon Poompanvong (http://www.enzymesos.com/). For detailed instructions to make eco-enzyme, please refer to how to make eco enzyme.
The fruit waste I use is pomelo skin (柚子皮) because I love the smell and I’ve read that other people have used it and reported good results. The sugar I use is dark brown sugar. The ingredients are mixed as the ratios below. The mixed product is poured into a plastic bottle.
brown sugar : fruit waste : clean water = 1 : 3 : 10
From my own experience, it is very easy to make, just pour everything into the bottle and wait for at least 3 months. Two things I want to mention here are: 1) I use food blender to cut the waste (with water) into very small pieces to accelerate the reaction, then mix sugar in blender, and then pour into bottle; 2) instead of opening the cap every day in the first month to release gas as recommended, I open it every 4 or 5 days because there isn’t that much gas.
After more than 3 months, I separate the eco-enzyme into liquid and solid remains using gauze. The liquid could be used as key ingredient into any household cleaners. I added it into shampoo. The solid remains could be poured into toilet or kitchen sinks to prevent clogged drains.
- How to make eco-enzyme enriched shampoo?
Then I used the eco-enzyme liquid and castile soap to make shampoo. The ingredients are mixed as the ratios below. The mixed product is poured into a bottle with foam pump.
eco-enzyme : castile soap : clean water = 1 : 2 : 3
The castile soap is an olive oil based hard soap made in a style similar to that originating in the Castile region of Spain. I tried two brands sold on Amazon, both are good. However, when I used the castile soap alone (either concentrated or diluted 1:1 with water as recommended) as shampoo to wash my hair, it didn’t treat the itchy scalp. After I added eco-enzyme, the new shampoo works much better. After 2-3 weeks, I could tell obvious improvement. I used to have very oily hair and itchy scalp on the 2nd day after each hair wash (which I thought is normal but not for my age). Now I won’t have very oily hair and itchy scalp even on the 5th day.