Creating a Natural Kumquat Cleaning Solution for Tet Celebrations

Are you the proud owner of an ornamental kumquat tree that has borne fruit during Tet? Put those kumquats to work and create a natural cleaning solution that will help to keep your home clean while being environmentally friendly.

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Kumquat is a popular Tet decoration tree in many households. However, after the spring festivities, the ornamental kumquats are often discarded and wasted.

To make use of these ripe yellow kumquats, Ms. Nguyen Ha, from Gia Lam district, Hanoi, shares a recipe for a natural cleaning solution.

With a simple recipe and easily available ingredients, you can easily make IMO cleaner at home to clean your house, household appliances, and even use it in the toilet.

Here’s how to make IMO cleaning solution using kumquats:

Materials needed:

  • 17 liters of water
  • 5 packs of probiotics
  • 3 boxes of yogurt
  • 1 kg of sugar or molasses
  • 1 wine yeast, or rice wine (if available)
  • 2kg kumquats
  • 1 kg of soapnut (if available)

Instructions on how to make a natural cleaning solution from kumquats on Tet holiday - Photo 1.
The ingredients needed for the solution are readily available in your kitchen.

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut the kumquats in half. You can also use fruit peels such as pineapple or orange peels.

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To make a natural cleaning solution, you can use kumquats and other fruits like pineapple, and orange peels.

Step 2: Put all the ingredients into a container, stir well, and close the lid. Stir once a day.

After about 5 days, you can start using the solution as a normal cleaning solution.

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When the solution is used up, add sugar to continue feeding and it can be used indefinitely.

Ms. Nguyen Ha shares her experience with making and using the IMO cleaning solution from kumquats. Compared to cleaning enzymes made from soapnuts, which take about 1 to 1.5 months to use, the kumquat cleaning solution only takes about 5 days and doesn’t leave any vinegar residue.

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Ms. Nguyen Ha utilizes leftover kumquats after Tet to make a natural cleaning solution that is both safe and reduces waste.

Ms. Ha also tried using this solution to make dishwashing liquid for greasy dishes and to clean other areas like toilets, floors, and windows. She found that even though it creates little or no foam, the kumquat cleaning solution is very effective.

Furthermore, the solution has a pleasant aroma from the essential oil in the kumquat peels, creating a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere when used. Making your own cleaning solution at home is not only safe but also cost-effective.

According to Vietnamese Women