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Originally published April 20 2010

Orange TKO review: An amazing natural cleaner that's safe for family and environment

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) By now, most NaturalNews readers have realized that mainstream household cleaning products are filled with toxic chemicals. Typical household cleaners, including window cleaners, bathroom tile cleaners, toilet cleaners and kitchen cleaning products, are frequently loaded with toxic chemicals. These chemicals include benzene-based chemical solvents (many of which promote cancer), artificial fragrances, artificial colors and more.

In fact, the cleaning products aisle of a typical grocery store is a tour of toxicity featuring chemicals that cause cancer, Alzheimer's disease, liver disorders, kidney problems, reproductive disorders and much more. Use these products in your house long enough and you just might find yourself suffering from serious degenerative disease.

It's a fact: Neither the FDA nor the EPA has never tested nor approved most of the chemicals used in household cleaning products. They are experimental, synthetic chemicals and they're not only toxic for you, they're also extremely toxic to the environment.

The challenge, though, has always been "So what should I use instead?" Are there household cleaning products that are truly natural, safe for you and your family, and that actually work to get the cleaning jobs done?

Searching for a natural product that works

Over the last two months, I traveled to several natural products trade shows in California, including Expo West and the Health Freedom Expo. I was looking for safe, natural home cleaning products that I could review and recommend to NaturalNews readers.

While I found quite a large number of products that were natural, there were two problems with most of them:

Problem #1) Huge amount of natural fragrance. Some home cleaning products were so loaded with fragrance that I couldn't even stand to be in their trade show booths. I wanted something that had no added fragrance and smelled nice but not overpowering.

Problem #2) Watered-down formulas. Virtually all the natural cleaning products I found were watered-down formulas, where the consumer is buying mostly water. What I wanted was a concentrate where I could add water myself and avoid buying and shipping excessive water in the product bottle itself (it's very expensive to ship water).

Jackpot at the Health Freedom Expo!

A few weeks later, I was chatting with Robert Scott Bell at the Expo West show. Robert is the radio host of the super-popular Robert Scott Bell Show ( which is without a doubt the best health freedom radio show on the air today.

Robert introduced me to Bill Tufts, a former environmental attorney in Canada who has dedicated a lifetime of work to protecting water resources and the environment. Thanks to his professional focus, Bill became acutely aware of the environmental toxicity of mainstream cleaning products. The chemicals in those products cause frogs to have both male and female reproductive organs; they kill the fish, pollute the oceans and create a toxic world.

With all the toxic products they purchase, most consumers are literally poisoning the planet with the chemicals they dump down the drain. To help solve this problem, Bill set out to develop a safe and truly natural cleaning product that was not only incredibly powerful and effective around the house, but was also safe for aquatic life downstream and didn't pose any threat whatsoever to the environment.

The secret of d'limonene

And he found it! Locked within the cells of orange peels, there is a natural chemical called d'limonene which turns out to be an ultra-powerful cleaner that is both remarkably strong while still being safe for the environment.

As Bill Tufts explains in an interview in The Health Crusader (

"A study was conducted by the World Health Organization in 1992 on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans. dílimonene was the highlight in this study, and it was declared that not only was dílimonene non-carcinogenic, it was actually anti-carcinogenic. The conclusion was that dílimonene was safe in all respects and the US FDA gave it a rating of GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe). This report was published in 1993. It was also determined that dílimonene was non-ozone depleting and was in a position to replace toxic chemical cleaners, which were not only toxic, but carcinogenic to the users as well as ozone-depleting."

Even with the discovery of d'limonene, however, mainstream cleaning product companies never made the switch. Their cancer-causing benzene-based chemical solvents were so much cheaper than d'limonene that they stuck with their toxic formulas (which exist to this day). But Bill developed a natural cleaning product called Orange TKO, which is made from orange peels and has d'limonene as its active ingredient.

The magic of Orange TKO

It turns out I had first tried Orange TKO back in 2005, when I gave it a "Best of Show" award at the natural health expo in Tucson, Arizona ( But I had never met the inventor, Bill, until a few weeks ago. After talking with him in person and learning more about his history and integrity, I got really turned on to both the product and the man behind it. One thing I've learned over the years in this business is that it's not just the product that matters; it's the integrity and personal vision of the people behind the products that's just as important.

Orange TKO has it all: A truly remarkable cleaning product that works so well you'd think it must contain toxic chemical solvents (but it doesn't), and a caring, passionate company leader who developed the product for all the right reasons.

Made from orange peels, Orange TKO works on just about everything. It replaces over a dozen cleaning products around your home, garage and garden. It's safe enough to use on your baby's crib, yet strong enough to remove grease from a farm tractor. It works in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and dining room. It's safe to use on pets (when diluted, please read the instructions), and it eliminates odors, stains, grease and much more.

I've found that with Orange TKO and Dr. Bronner's soaps, those are the only two general cleaning products I need in my entire house! I've used Orange TKO to remove diesel fuel stains from a shirt, to remove tar stains from my car, and to wash non-organic vegetables and fruits in an effort to remove pesticides residues.

This is important because I have a rule on my farm in Ecuador: No toxic chemicals! (Well, as close to that as we can manage, anyway.) We don't even allow guests to bring toxic shampoo products from America, because we don't want that stuff going down the drain and into our water table around here.

Only natural products are allowed at our house! I shampoo with our own Valley of Longevity shampoo product, I do laundry with Maggie's Soap Nuts liquid, I mop the floor with Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, and now I'm using Orange TKO for cleaning just about everything else.

Orange TKO has quickly become my No. 1 household cleaner. I even use it on my laptop computer to clean the keyboard. It has a wonderful orange smell, and the best part is that I know it's safe for the environment here. When I'm using Orange TKO, I'm not flushing toxic chemicals down the drain or supporting those big bad corporations that manufacture poison. Instead, I'm supporting a company championed by an environmentally-conscious businessman who developed an amazing product that really works!

I definitely consider Orange TKO to be "Health Ranger Approved." It has earned my thumbs up for use in every home, business, ranch or farm. It's even been listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute for use in organic food production facilities (

The cleaning liquid with a thousand uses

Throw out all those toxic cleaning products that clutter the space under your kitchen sink! As you know, most conventional products are bad for you and bad for the environment. Orange TKO, made from orange peels, replaces dozens of other cleaning products because it has a thousand uses around the house, garden, office or farm:

• Clean all surfaces: Desks, countertops, doorknobs, etc.
• Wash your windows
• Degrease road tar from your car
• Clean sink faucets
• Wipe down your Vita-Mix or blender
• Remove stains from laundry
• Wash fruits and vegetables
• Remove odors from your pets
• Clean carpet stains
• Remove gum or adhesives from almost any surface
• Kill black mold growing anywhere
• Clean toilet bowls and bath tubs
• Restore carpets after flood damage
• Use in water for a soothing foot bath!
• Mop floors
• Clean garden tools
• Remove tough stains from garage floors
• Clean tools, firearms, and other mechanical devices
• Add to laundry soap to enhance cleaning
• Add to dishwashers to clean dishes
• Clean your car engine or interior

... and literally hundreds of other uses. Seriously, there's almost no cleaning task this liquid can't handle.

And thank you for your support! Remember, as we always say, you vote with your dollars. The simple act of choosing to purchase and use environmentally-conscious products that support small companies rather than toxic products made by mega-corporations makes an important difference. You are affecting everything that happens downstream (with the fish, frogs, oceans, etc.) with every decision you make about cleaners, soaps, body care products and even medications. The fewer chemicals you use in your house, the more you help protect both the planet and your own health.

As Bill Tufts explains, "Most household cleaners are created with toxic chemicals from the benzene and chlorine families. These chemical cleaners churn out streams of toxins. These toxins enter your body through the pores in your skin to a point where your liver cannot process all the toxins. These toxins spread throughout your body and cause prostate cancer, [breast] cancer, pancreas and colorectal cancers, all in epidemic proportions. These chemicals cause other diseases including lung disease, and are also destructive to the earth and water supplies of our country." (CRUSADER,

Orange TKO is the best household cleaner I've found yet, but I also support many other companies' products, including Seventh Generation, ECOS, and others. They're great products too, but I personally like the Orange TKO concentrate the best.

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