Citrus Power: Cleaning with Orange Oil

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Orange oil products work well even at removing adhesive stuck on glass or a price tag stuck on a vase.

I hope I have shown you throughout my blogs how we can create clean and safe homes—naturally. Often what we find in the fridge and pantry is all we need to clean our homes.

Orange oil is amazing for tackling greasy jobs. For example, when we are faced with a client’s greasy exhaust vent above a stove, we use orange oil as our saving grace. It is a natural degreaser, which means it is perfect for kitchen use.

Orange oil is created by pressing the peels of the orange and separating the oil. During this process, a compound called d-limonene (the beneficial cleaning property) is created. Be careful to not inhale this, because although eco-friendly, it can cause more sensitive people discomfort.

There are many orange oil products on the market; be sure to purchase an eco-friendly brand or else you get harmful contaminants in the mix.

The best way to use orange oil is to find the area with grease or other sticky residue, apply the product (always testing in a small and inconspicuous area first), and then let it sit for about 15 minutes. Afterwards a quick wipe should remove all residue. Follow it up with a water rinse.

Orange oil products work well even at removing adhesive stuck on glass or a price tag stuck on a vase. Dab a bit onto the affected area, let it sit for a while, and then rub the residue away.

I hope this has enlightened you to yet another very cool aspect of the orange!

Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.