If you are using 20% vinegar, mix it with water at 60% vinegar to 40% water, then 2 oz. orange oil or 1 oz. orange TKO and a teaspoon of liquid soap. Shake it up and spray full strength in a strong enough mist to cover the greenery of the weeds you want to kill. Do it when the sun will shine directly on the plants for at least 4 hours and they'll be gone by day's end. Plants in the shade will take a little longer but die too.
If you use 10% pickling vinegar, use it full strength. If you spray in the morning, you'll have dead weeds by evening. Don't get it on any plants you want to keep. It literally burns them, chemically, to death.
Joined: Sun Mar 09, 2003 11:17 am Posts: 315 Location: Dallas,TEXAS
Is Simple Green the same as Orange Oil? I read the post several times and I couldn't tell if Simple Green was the soap or Orange Oil? Thanks.
Simple Green is a range of non-toxic cleaning products and is not the same as orange oil. Orange oil, also called citrus oil or d'Limonene, is a concentrated product derived from distilled orange peels that works as a multipurpose cleaner, insect control agent and more. It can be found at virtually any organic gardening outlet under various product names. One widely available brand you'll see is Orange TKO. Typically the stuff is somewhat expensive, but it's highly concentrated and goes a very long way.
Here's another link to some info on some of its uses.
One widely available brand you'll see is Orange TKO. Typically the stuff is somewhat expensive, but it's highly concentrated and goes a very long way.
The initial "sticker shock" of Orange TKO quickly goes away as you see how truly economical it is to use. Buy either the 64 oz. or gallon sizes as there is no end to the ways you can use this product, not only in the garden, but in the home as well. Two thumbs up for one of the best products I have found!
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Joined: Mon Feb 23, 2004 10:06 am Posts: 51 Location: Keller, TX
This is pretty badly off-topic, but since you all were talking about orange oil, I have another great use for it. I put it in a 1-gallon sprayer (just shy of one cup, the rest I fill with water) and spray it over the carpet as a pre-treatment for stains, dirt, etc. I let it sit for a few minutes, and then, I run the carpet cleaner with pure water -- no detergent. It works incredibly well. I would go so far as to say it works better than with the detergents and leaves no detergent residue.
I think it's cheaper in the long run and seems in pretty good keeping with the spirit of organics.
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