Multi-UCES stands for multi-use concentrated eco-friendly solution and is one of the greenest choices you can literally ‘make.’
Multi-UCES is a 100% natural fermented solution that is very easy to make and is practically free. It is an effective anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral sanitizer and an all purpose household cleaner. It can also be used as a pesticide, fertilizer, and air freshener.
To make your first batch of this amazing natural product you will need a clean air tight bottle or container and three simple ingredients: water, brown raw sugar, and organic waste–fresh vegetable and/or fruit peels.
- The container could be, for example, an empty two liter bottle of soda or an empty one gallon jug. It is important to make sure that the container is air tight and is made out of plastic. Do not use a glass container. A lot of pressure will be building during the fermentation process and glass containers could explode if not closely monitored.
- Unprocessed/raw brown sugar is necessary because it contains molasses, which plays an important role in the fermentation process.
- The peels can be from raw vegetables, fruit, or a combination of both (they have to be free of oils, butter or sauces). You can also use produce that is going bad and is no longer fit to eat. Because of their smell, it is recommended not to use vegetables like cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower; or fruits like durian or banana. Citrus is the best scent for cleaners and air fresheners. You can make your own combinations and find out what works best for you, but any fresh produce scraps will work.
Once you have all the materials, it is time to make your batch of Multi-UCES!
- 1 part of raw sugar (or molasses)
- 3 parts of organic waste
- 10 parts of water
For a 2 liter bottle (67.6 oz.)= 150 grams of brown sugar (5.2oz.)+ 450 grams (15.8oz.) of organic waste.
❶First, chop the peels or veggies to easily pass them through the mouth of the bottle and make a funnel with a sheet of paper to add the sugar.
❷Once all of the ingredients are in, fill 4/5 of the bottle with tap water. It’s important to leave some room for the gas that the fermentation process will generate (about 1/5 of the container has to stay empty).
❸Finally, make a label or use a permanent marker to write the date on the bottle. This way you will know when the solution is ready to be used. It takes three months for this process to be completed.
During the first two weeks, the level of gasification will be high. Put the container in a visible place so you remember to ‘burp it’ (or release gases) at least once a day. Make sure the temperature is not too cold or too hot, the ideal would be between 60˚ and 80˚ Fahrenheit. The bathroom or the laundry room could work as long as you keep an eye on it.
After the first two to three weeks of intense activity, the gasification will slow down. As time passes you will need to burp the bottle less often.
Sometimes, it takes more than 24 hours to react, be patient. If 72 hours go by and pressure hasn’t started to build in the bottle, you will need to make sure that the lid is tight, the container doesn’t have any leaks, and that you put enough sugar. If at any point of the process you see any sign of living bacteria or fungus, add a couple spoons of sugar.
After three months Multi-UCES will be ready for its final step: filtration. You can use a strainer or simply separate the liquid from the solid by passing it to another bottle or container. You can reuse the solid left overs as a fertilizer by mixing them with your potting soil, or by adding them to your compost mix (if you have one).
What you have left is a concentrated multipurpose natural solution. You can mix it with water in air tight plastic or glass bottles and label it for different uses. The purest it is, the stronger the cleaner will be, but it could also leave residue, so sometimes you will find that a last wipe with water and a little bit of polishing will make your glass, granite and ceramic surfaces look amazing.
Multi-UCES is a very acidic solution and it can be very powerful, so it is recommended to dilute it most of the times. If you are going to use it as a fertilizer for your garden, overdoing it may damage or hurt your plants instead of making them stronger and healthier.
Be creative and try it for as many things as you can think of! You might find a new use for this magic product. Try it for eliminating aphids on plants by spraying the leaves and the soil with Multi-UCES. Make a bug trap with it and get rid of a fruit fly invasion! Don’t forget to share your results and spread the word!
What is Multi-UCES and why does it work?
Multi-UCES is a natural all-purpose acidic solution produced by fermenting fresh kitchen waste with raw sugar in water.
Originally called ‘garbage enzyme’ this solution was invented by a Thai Doctor, Mrs. Rosukon Poompanvong, winner of an award in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (in 2003), and the Fervent Love of Lives Medal, by Taiwan’s Chou Ta-kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation (in 2007).
Dr Rosukon has been involved in enzyme investigation for more than 30 years; she has also dedicated part of her career to the study and practice of alternative medicine and organic farming.
Why does this solution clean so well and serve so many purposes? During the process of fermentation, the fruit and vegetables peels (carbohydrates and protein) are converted to alcohol and organic acids. For this chemical conversion to be possible, yeast and/or bacteria are necessary in the process.
Yeast and bacteria are present pretty much everywhere, they are microorganisms that cause food spoilage and can change the state of things: their flavor, texture, color and even their function or purpose.
Just like we can make beer by boiling grains in water (which produces sugar) and fermenting them with yeast (which produces alcohol), we can make a safer and cleaner multipurpose solution by fermenting vegetable peels with raw sugar.
Multi-UCES is a cheap, natural and efficient cleaning product alternative. It is an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent that can be used for the majority of your household chores including: washing laundry and ironing clothes; car washing, cleaning pets, personal hygiene (as shampoo, soap and face wash), and even as an air-freshener.
If you really want to keep it clean, go green
We all like to keep our house or habitat clean and fresh. ‘The more cleaning products we buy and use, the better it looks, the fresher it smells, the cleaner it gets’. The truth is that it doesn’t always works that way, sometimes we could be putting our health in danger instead of making our home a safer place.
If you go to your cleaning cabinet now and count the number of products you buy for keeping your house clean and ‘safe’ you may surprise yourself… detergents, bleach, air fresheners, counter cleaners, oven scrubbers, glass polishers, bathroom and bath tub powders, repellents, pesticides… and the list goes on.
Now, if you look at the list of ingredients in these products you will find: surfactants, gasses, phthalates, solvents, ammonia, formaldehyde, etcetera. These chemicals are harmful for you and for the environment.
These products are powerful cleaners but they are also powerful pollutants. They don’t break down easily and they contaminate the water system. They also pollute the air you breathe at home and they can create or agitate health problems, such as asthma, cancer and heart condition.
Now, start adding up the price of all your cleaning products. This arsenal of products is not cheap to keep stocked. Making your own natural multi-use product is a great way to help keep your personal environment clean, while freeing your house of many hazardous products and saving you some money!
Green products at the store:
The choices made by the consumers are the most powerful force for change! For those of you who don’t know, there are already many green products in stores gaining popularity and generating competition. The main reason for this is a growing demand from consumers for less harmful alternatives, which is encouraging companies to create products that are safer for us and have less of an impact in the environment.
There is another negative aspect to buying multiple cleaning products, the plastic waste that they generate. Most of their containers are made of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), a strong kind of plastic with a high chemical resistance. If you choose commercial cleaners, try to pick the ones that offer replacement cartridges to re-fill the original bottles.
Even if you are an avid recycler, not buying plastic is better than recycling it. You can also buy cleaning products that are all-purpose, or you can save the containers once they are empty and start making your own Multi-UCES. Sometimes all you need to do is to simplify.