By Eric Hover
How many different chemicals do you have under your kitchen sink right now? Most people have dozens of different cleaners and household pesticides under their kitchen sink. Did you know that Orange Oil can do almost all of their jobs? Orange Oil contains the raw oil collected from the citrus peel during the juicing extraction. No heat is applied during this “cold pressed” process thereby preserving the integrity of the oil. Orange Oil is hands down the most versatile product for those seeking a natural remedy over a chemical. This must have cleaner is also a great insecticide and can even be used to make herbicides! The secret behind why orange oil is so great is called D-limonene. D-limonene is a natural solvent found in the peels of various citrus that has numerous household applications.
Most people have a few different “go to” cleaners they like to use depending on what surface they are cleaning. These cleaners usually have several ingredients that are very harsh chemicals that are extremely toxic to people and pets. Several of the most popular all purpose cleaners on the market actually say that you will need to wash all surfaces you use it on with water before the surface can come in to contact with food. So you will have to clean your kitchen counters twice to avoid CONTAMINATING your food with your cleaner. Why bother when you can clean it better the first time with something completely safe and non-toxic?
Orange Oil is a fantastic cleaner that is made from the naturally occurring oils in citrus rinds and it is highly concentrated. Mix two ounces per gallon of water to make a powerful cleaning solution. The product has an emulsifier mixed in, but you will still need to give it a good shake before using it. Once mixed, this cleaner will clean any stuck on mess off any surface! It is a mild solvent so test it on a small area of the surface you wish to clean first. Orange oil is great for getting those really stuck on messes like baked on liquid on the stove or dried up juice on the floor. It is great for cleaning the BBQ grill or for removing tar and other extremely stubborn messes. Always keep a bottle of orange oil mixed up under your sink and dispose of all those other harsh chemicals properly.
The same qualities that make the oil a powerful cleaner also make it an extremely effective insecticide. All insects are covered with a waxy coating that protects them from drying out. Orange Oil dissolves this coating causing insects to dry out, dehydrate, and die. This is fantastic for treatment for many common insect pests. Mix two ounces of the citrus oil to 1 gallon of water or 1/2 an ounce to a 32 ounce spray bottle. Then simply spray on the pest. This is a contact killer. In other words, you must make contact with the insect in order for it to kill them. They do not die on contact but soon thereafter. It can be used in the home or out in the garden.
Orange oil is also great for making a drench to treat fire ant mounds. Add 6 ounces to a gallon of water to make a mound drench. Take your gallon mixture and start pouring it on the outside of the mound in a clockwise motion until you reach the center of the mound. Pour the drench, slowly so that it soaks in and does not run off. Soak the entire mound. This drench is great to use when you are planting and dig into a mound. The fast acting orange oil will have you planting again within minutes instead of waiting around for a bait to work. Orange oil is a fast effective pesticide that works on all insects and is great for use in your garden or in your home.
Next time you reach for a multi purpose cleaner or a bottle of insecticide think about the chemicals you are spraying in your home. Why expose yourself to these toxic chemicals when there is a simple, effective, and safe alternative readily available? Orange Oil has the power to tackle your cleaning and pesticide needs whether it be in the house or in the garden. Keep a bottle of Orange Oil under your sink and in your shed and you will be prepared for any mess or any pest.
Eric Hover has worked in the Lawn & Garden Industry since the 1980’s and has hands on experience in lawn maintenance, landscaping, irrigation, fertilization programs, product development, retail sales, and wholesale distribution. Eric Hover currently owns and operates AG Organics.
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