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Re: Solubilizing orange oil

  • Subject: Re: Solubilizing orange oil
  • From: Don Martinson <LLmen@wi.rr.com>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 15:15:56 -0500

Title: Re: [Aroid-l] Solubilizing orange oil
Not Michael here, but perhaps I can help.

The 2 ingredients listed on the label of ZEP Citrus Cleaner and Degreaser are d-limonene and monoethanolamine.  Per my
Handbook of Chemistry & Physics, the d-limonene (the orange oil) should be alcohol soluble and the monoethanolamine should be soluble
in both water and alcohol, and is used primarily as a surfactant or wetting agent ( http://www.dow.com/productsafety/finder/mea.htm)

In addition, Florida Chemical ( http://www.dow.com/productsafety/finder/mea.htm)  states that:

By combining d-Limonene with a surfactant package, a water diluting and rinsible solution can be made. In most cases these products are used in the institutional and household settings in place of caustic and other water based cleaners. A concentrated solution of a d-Limonene/surfactant solution can be made to be diluted before use, or pre-diluted solutions can be formed. The use concentrations of d-Limonene in these situations are usually 5-15%. In general these solutions are used as spray and wipe cleaners. The water dilutable solutions can also be used in industrial settings where a water rinse of the parts is desired to remove any residue which may remain.

What this boils down to is that you should be able to use most types of liquid dish detergent to solubilize the orange oil as these soaps commonly contain a surfactant or wetting agent.  I can’t suggest a specific soap to try nor the proportions (shouldn’t need much of the dish soap), but probably the simpler and cheaper the better as many of the higher end products may contain undesirable additives.

Don Martinson
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

On 10/13/07 4:03 PM, "ron g" <gunnergraeme@talktalk.net> wrote:

Hi Michael

Can you suggest something to dilute Orange oil with,it seems perfect but is
not water soluble.I live in uk and a lot of american brand products are
simply not available here.
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