8 Household Uses for Orange Oil

Discover handy ways to use orange oil to tackle common around-the-house chores.

| November/December 2015

  • Lip balm tin
    Create your own tasty and naturally scented lip balms.
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  • Scrub bucket
    Add orange oil to your favorite homemade cleaners to boost their bacteria-fighting power.
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  • Orange Oil
    Complete your household chores with the uplifting scent of orange essential oil.
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  • Lip balm tin
  • Scrub bucket
  • Orange Oil

Orange essential oil, harvested by pressing the rinds of the fruit, can be a workhorse product. Sometimes called sweet orange oil, it’s derived from the peels of Citrus × sinensis (as opposed to bergamot essential oil, made from the species C. × aurantium). It’s an effective addition to homemade cleaners, thanks to limonene, a compound found in the essential oil that is also a natural ingredient in many commercial cleaning products. In addition, orange essential oil is antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic.

When shopping for essential oil, be sure to purchase 100 percent pure essential oil. “Fragrance oil,” “nature-identical oil” or “perfume oil” aren’t the same. Ensure no ingredients are added to the essential oil, and look for products sold in small (4-ounce-or-less) colored bottles—colored glass prevents sunlight from damaging the essential oil. Avoid oils sold in plastic bottles, as the plastic can degrade and contaminate the oil. Also, check the label for the botanical name.

1. Winter Refresher: To keep indoor air smelling fresh, mix 8 drops orange essential oil with 2-1⁄2 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Spritz as necessary, avoiding eyes, and shake well before use.

2. Lift the Mood: Orange essential oil can enhance your mindset thanks to its energizing and pleasant scent. Mix a few drops of the essential oil with 1⁄4 cup sweet almond oil in a small, airtight jar. Dab it on your temples to help with headaches (thanks to orange essential oil’s antispasmodic properties) or supercharge your spirits on a cloudy afternoon.

3. Flavor Almond Milk: Put a delicious zing in your almond milk by adding a few drops of orange oil. Soak 2⁄3 cup raw almonds and 4 soft dates (pitted) in 2 cups water overnight. Blend with 2 more cups water until smooth. Add 1 drop cinnamon essential oil and 4 drops orange essential oil, then pour through a mesh strainer or nut milk bag. Serve warm or chilled.

4. Double Duty: Whip up a natural, insect-repellent glass cleaner by combining 2 cups white vinegar with 10 drops sweet orange essential oil in a labeled spray bottle. Use it to clean windows and mirrors, shaking well before each use.

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