This is escapism for me. I have a very messy house and a tonne of commissioned work and kids that need tending to but it's all too much for me so I go do something totally unproductive. (and then write it on this blog - double wham!)
My book on natural cleaning says orange oils are great. How do you get orange oils, I ask? (Buy it, of course, you reply, but there's no fun in that, I say)
I read about using vinegar to get orange oils, but I didn't want to mix vinegar with Castille soap, as it reacts with undesired results (read: a pukey smell and stuff that looks like curdled milk). I read about using alcohol to extract orange oils, and while this sounds feasible, I didn't want to buy another medium just to extract the oil. Also, I wanted the oil for cleaning purposes, and didn't need pure orange oil.
Orange oils comes from the orange peel and is usually cold-pressed when commercially extracted, says Google.
So I remove the white part - this otherwise absorbs all the oil...
And puncture the orange peel with a needle all over...
Then press it, grinding it in circular motions..
(reminder: we are talking about an orange peel here)
And there it pitifully is...
I flush it out with a little bit of water, and hand squeeze the peels, again flushing water through it. And get what I deduce is a mix of oils and water...
Then, I mix a little bit with Castille soap.
Of course, this is the one and only time I'm ever doing this because
a) it's too much work
b) we don't eat orange, and I bought an orange so I could get the skin and puncture holes in it
c) my curiosity is sated