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5 Smart Housekeeping Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil

5 Smart Housekeeping Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil

Australian tea tree oil is a broad spectrum germicide, fungicide, and bacteriacide.

The essential oil known as “tea tree oil” comes from the melaleuca tree, a shrub/tree that has needle-like leaves. There are 100 varieties of melaleuca, but for the purposes of this discussion we are speaking of Australian tea tree oil, or melaleuca alternifolia.

Tea tree oil has many uses for housekeeping. You can prove to yourself how well it works to kill mold and mildew with this simple test: Put 2 teaspoons of Australian tea tree oil in a spray bottle with two cups of water. Don’t rinse. Spray the mixture on something musty. Let the smell dissipate (it will take a few days). The smell of mold and must will be gone, too, never to return as long as the source of moisture has been removed.

Here are five smart ways to use Australian tea tree oil at home:

1. General Tea Tree Oil Spray
As mentioned above, combine 2 teaspoons of Australian tea tree oil in 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Spray on mold and don’t rinse. The smell will dissipate in a few days.

2. Tea Tree Oil Grout Spray
Using the same formula as in #1, spray grout to repel mold and mildew. While this formula won’t take away the mold discoloration, it will kill the mold.

3. Musty Mold Remover
The must will be removed from anything using the above formula. Just don’t rinse.

4. Household Antiseptic Spray
Use the above formula to spray areas that need antiseptic attention, such as after someone has vomited.

5. Laundry Helper
Add 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil to your laundry for towels and other fabric prone to getting moldy.

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By Annie B. Bond

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6:53AM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Thanks for the info.

4:19PM PDT on May 22, 2013

good info, I use it in my shampoo mix (shampoo eg rosemary shampoo, ghassoul, 1/4 cup of warm water and only one or two drops(!) of tea tree oil, mix - wet the head and massage into the scalp...leave for a minute and rinse ...also works without the shampoo.

3:48PM PDT on May 22, 2013

New ideas for me, esp., the mildew and mould and tile grout.

3:39AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

Love Tea Tree oil!

3:53AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013


10:22PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Interesting! Thank You

8:57AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

noted with thanks

9:19PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Almost forgot about tea tree oil....thanks.

9:15PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

I thought tree tea oil is used as an antiseptic

1:07PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

I did make some wipes with tea tree oil and water, but they got moldy. What did I do wrong?

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