* As a well-known fact, waste products are very harmful to the environment. Having no concern regarding the earth’s subsequent and harmful transformation may lead to a traumatic scene which is merely brought by our own ignorance. The initial step to avoid this is to recycle and by all means, creating a valuable stuff out of garbage. We came up with the idea of turning banana peels into liquid detergent. Banana peels can’t be recycled because they rot eventually. The extraction of mixed fatty acids from the banana peels would be the most essential part of making the detergent. There are no specific requirements regarding the raw material. Any kind or size will do. With the simple process of preparation and convenient operation, the invention will be a success thus, suitable for industrial production. Moreover, the invention is also suitable for wide popularization and application.
II. Significance of the Study
* First and foremost, the relevance of this research is that it answers some of society’s sanitation problems. According to recent studies, 64% of Filipinos eat without proper sterilization of the things they use to eat with. And 57% of Luzon doesn’t have access to efficient detergent to use. With that as our basis, we can conclude that in order to attain proper nutrition, we need to ensure a healthy eating environment.
With our investigatory project, we can now provide the public with an alternative which addresses half of the nation’s problem. Our product also provides a cheap and affordable sanitation to our eating utensils. While most of the commercial detergents’ prices rise for about 10% each year, the Musa balbisiana detergent will only rely on banana production which only changes for about 6-5 years from now. This simple yet efficient product will not only save people on cash but will also save their lives.
III. Review of Related Literature and Studies
1. Turning Garbage Into Detergents
Everyone is frugal during economic downturn. There are so many ways to save money, and it is now a trend for housewives to turn garbage into environmental friendly enzymes that could be used as fertilizer, detergent and disinfectant. Pomelo farmer Xi Tao Jin, 63, and wife Ling Shui Jiao, 61, believed that turning garbage into enzymes is cost-effective and environmental friendly. “After the enzymes are diluted by adding water into them, they have disinfected function and can be used as detergent, pesticide, air freshener, disinfectant and also fertilizer,” said Xi. He told Sin Chew Daily that the residues of the environmental friendly enzymes can also be reused after they are dried.
Use of environmental friendly enzymes:
*Multipurpose detergent: Can be used to clean bathrooms, kitchens, water troughs, pools, leather goods, carpets, cars, shoes, wash basins and refrigerators. They can also be used to bathe pets. * Pesticide: Can be used to replace chemical pesticides.
* Air freshener: Can be used to reduce exhaust and toxic gases; friendly bacteria will distribute citrus smell. * Disinfectant: Can be used to kill harmful micro-organisms. * Fertilizer: Does not affect fruit quality but makes them crunchier without chemical side effect. Source:http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20090424-137192.html 2. What is Eco-Enzyme?
Eco-Enzyme, also known as “Garbage Enzyme” is first introduced by Dr. Rosukon Poompanvong who is the founder of Organic Agriculture Association of Thailand. The idea of the project is to cultivate enzymes from organic waste that we would normally throw into garbage bin as organic cleaner. His findings proofed not only this enzyme is cheap and easy to make (in huge volume) but it is also an effective cleaning detergent. Best of all, it is environmental friendly. Source: http://martinyz.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-make-your-own-Eco-Enzyme-Detergent
3. Why Buy Organic Dishwashing Liquid & Not Non-Organics? There’s a short answer that opens the door to a lot of information and backstory. The short answer is it’s important to buy organic dishwashing liquid because your skin is a way in. Our skin is porous, semi-permeable, open to whatever we present to it. The skin is body cleanser too because your body can expel toxins by sweating them out. However, this is greatly hindered by the toxins that greatly overwhelm us on a daily basis. Dishwashing liquid as a source of toxins is no exception. Source: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/miscellaneous-health-and-wellness/organic-dishwashing-liquid
As you can see, we are also turning garbage into detergents. Well, maybe not with the same procedure, but we are turning banana peels into liquid detergents. After a long research with what are we going to do to our project, we finally decided that we will make this one. In our environment, we should do the 3R’s to manage our wastes. And we are going to reuse, reduce, and recycle to build our project. We should not over pollute our planet because it is not healthy for us. Also, on the other articles, organic liquid detergents are good to our skin. We can get benefits in using this type of product. That’s why we choose this one. We are being helpful, not only for our planet but also, to everyone.
* 20-liter plastic container
* 10 liters – tap water
* 1kg – brown sugar
* 3kg – Saba banana skin
B. General Procedure
* Fill the plastic container with 10 liters of tap water. Add 1 kilogram of brown sugar and stir until it dissolves in the water. Thereafter, put 3 kilograms of Saba banana skin into the mixture. Blend the ingredients in the container with a clean plastic stick. After stirring it, close the lid of the container tightly.
During the first month of fermentation, open the lid once every two days and stir the mixture. This is to release the gas produced during fermentation and at the same time, allow more oxygen get into the mixture. Leave the mixture for another two months to allow fermentation to continue. During this period, stir the mixture once every two weeks.
After three months, the enzyme should have a dark-brown color and with that appearance, it is ready to be used. Remove all the banana fruit skins you’ll see in the mixture and if you want, use it as fertilizer for your plants.
Put the enzyme in a small bottle and you now have your own and eco-friendly liquid detergent!