Citrus Solvent

A safer paint thinner alternative

Natural Citrus Solvent, is used as a direct replacement for mineral spirits and odorless mineral spirits. Citrus Solvent can be used wherever paint thinner or mineral spirits are required as a natural, safer alternative. Citrus Solvent is not the same as any of the other “citrus-branded” cleaning products on the market, including Citrus Solve or Citri-Solve. It is, however, an excellent degreaser, paint thinner alternative, and can be used to replace petroleum chemicals such as mineral spirits.

Citrus Solvent is 98% pure citrus peel oil extracted from the peel of the orange fruit; the other 2% is water. This small amount of water is emulsified in the solvent and will not raise wood grain but is released into the air as the solvent evaporates.

  • Does not contain any emulsions, surfactants, or any other additives that paint thinner products contain
  • Does not contribute to depletion of the upper ozone or smog like mineral spirits or paint thinner
  • The material released into the air by our Citrus Solvent is essentially the same material that is continuously being released into the air in every orange grove, and is gently returned to the earth with the rain
  • As clear as ordinary water as opposed to the deep orange of lower grades, which means that it will not add more amber color when mixed with our Pure Tung Oil

How Much Do I Need?

  • 16 oz. | $16.99
  • 32 oz. | $23.99
  • Gallon | $61.99

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Unlike paint thinner, our Citrus Solvent does not cause damage to the internal organs of the body when breathed in; instead, it passes through without effect. As a matter of fact, when you drink orange juice from the store, you drink small amounts of Citrus Solvent in the form of oils from the orange peel from which the juice was squeezed! Of course, this does not mean to throw caution to the wind and celebrate by taking a healthy swig of solvent.

Another advantage of Citrus Natural Solvent as a paint thinner alternative is that Citrus Natural Solvent can be easily disposed of with no threat to the environment.

HISTORY: Citrus Natural Solvent is a biodegradable, naturally-occurring solvent, as the main component is simply citrus peel oil. Citrus Solvent’s interesting chemical properties, pleasant citrus aroma, and FDA-GRAS rating (“generally recognized as safe”) have earned the product phenomenal acceptance in many diverse chemical applications. Citrus Solvent can be used in its pure form, or blended with most other solvents and drying oils.

USES & APPLICATIONS: As a straight solvent, citrus natural solvent is a paint thinner alternative that can replace a wide variety of potentially-harmful chemical products. Mineral spirits, methyl ethyl ketone, acetone, toluene, glycol ethers, and fluorinated or chlorinated organic solvents are all caustic chemicals that can be detrimental to health. Citrus Solvent can be used as an effective replacement for toxic chlorinated solvents, glycol ether, MEK (methyl ethyl ketone), xylene, and Freon. Its cleaning and degreasing properties make it a wonderful alternative to CFC-laden cleaners, engine degreaser (automotive, aircraft and aerospace industries), tar and asphalt remover, asbestos shingle remover, graffiti remover, grease trap maintainer, and lift station and sewage treatment applications. It is also perfect for cleaning the surfaces of items before using our non-toxic paint to paint them. Citrus Solvent’s safe, gentle nature makes it an excellent hand cleaner, electronics cleaner, and floor cleaner. The specific industrial applications for Citrus Solvent are virtual endless: it can be used as an efficient printing press cleaner, carpet stain cleaner, metal cleaner, aerosol ingredient, fragrance additive, deodorant for petroleum , and heat transfer medium. It’s even a possible candidate for a variety of medical applications.

Citrus Natural Solvent is the major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind. When citrus fruits are juiced, the oil is pressed out of the rind. This oil is separated from the juice, and distilled to recover certain flavor and fragrance compounds. The bulk of the oil is left behind and collected as “food grade” citrus oil. After the juicing process, the peels are conveyed to a steam extractor. This extracts more of the oil from the peel. When the steam has been condensed, a layer of oil then floats on the surface of the condensed water. The result is technical grade citrus solvent, which is the main ingredient in our Citrus Solvent.

In the past decade, the use of citrus natural solvent has expanded tremendously. Much of the product goes into making paint solids, used into impart an orange fragrance to products, and used as a secondary cooling fluid. But the largest growth segment has been the use of citrus solvent in cleaning products. This has occurred in both industrial uses and in household/institutional products. Citrus solvent can be used either as a straight solvent, or as a water-diluted product.

As with most organic solvents, citrus natural solvent is not water-soluble, so it can be used in ordinary water separation units. With a KB value of 67, citrus solvent has solubility properties close to that of CFCs. This fact, combined with the environmentally-friendly and non-toxic nature of the substance, is a clear indication that it is a much better alternative to typical caustic mineral spirits or paint thinners. Straight citrus solvent can be used as a wipe cleaner, in a dip bath, or in spray systems as a direct substitute for most other organic solvents.

Note: Citrus Natural Solvent can only be ground shipped through UPS (Go Brown) because of its flammability rating; therefore, overnight, second day or any air deliveries are not possible. Whenever possible, it is easier for us to ship UPS as they have a complete tracking system which allows us to track the package for safety purposes. We can ship via Priority Mail through the US Postal Service to Hawaii and off-shore locations, but tracking is not ideal with USPS.

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  • dave

    What happens when you spill the citrus solvent onto new black top? Will it damage the blacktop? Can it be cleaned off of the blacktop safely?

    • Wipe up the puddle . The rest will evaporate . It can and will dissolve tar if left on the black top for a long time . But a spill wiped up should not have too much effect

  • I would think for clean up this would work just fine

  • John

    Can I melt solid wax citric solvent to produce a soft polish for furniture

    • Heat the wax to liquid then add the Citrus Solvent . Will keep wax liquid or paste

  • Toi

    Hi! We refinished our 100 year old pine floors with 1/2 and 1/2 about 3 weeks ago. We only ended up using about 2 gallons if oil and 2 of cs for about 600 sq feet. We were expecting to need at least 3 gallons of each. They were gorgeous at first, and I am so grateful for a non-toxic/earth gentle floor finish. We followed all of the directions, including wiping the excess oil up daily, but I am afraid we did something wrong, as we now have the tell-take frosty floors. The frostiness started appearing after around day 5.

    I have tried the recommendation for buffing the floors with a Scotch Brite style pad; I’ve rented the floor buffer with a Scotch Brite style pad, and I’ve tried hand scrubbing with 0000 steel wool. It is very difficult to get all of the film up. I am able to get up the white film by hand, but not with the machine. Unfortunately, the hand scrubbing takes quite a whole floor.

    Scrubbing with the Brillo or steel wool makes it appear more frosty first, and leaves a white residue on the pad, but if I continue scrubbing, I get a yellow residue. This is when it seems to finally lift all of the excess off of the floor.

    I have 4 questions, 1) is this run of the mill excess oil problem, or did something else go wrong? 2) supposing it’s excess, can using citrus solvent + buffing aid in picking up more excess? 3) if we use citrus solvent, will we need to start the “curing clock” over (ie no shoes for 7-10 days)? 4) is all this in vain and we are better off sanding it off?

    Thanks do much for your time.

    • Yes this is excess oil . The best way to deal with this id to buff with a high speed buffer with a white synthetic buffing pad .
      Dry buff it first . See if this polishes it up . If it seems the oil is thick on top you can use the next pad below the white which is a bit more course . The other thing to try is to mix a 2 part Citrus Solvent and 1 part Pure Tung Oil . Put it in a mist bottle , lightly mist very little material . Then buff till dry . This will bring up the sheen and clear the haze . Using Citrus Solvent will not dissolve this drying finish . Actually walking or buffing with socks will help to polish the floor . Just be sure not to track it to other surface like tile

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