11 Household Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Try these 11 handy household uses for tea tree essential oil.

| July/August 2014

  • Tea Tree Oil in a Glass Jar
    Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties and is used to treat a variety of ailments.
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  • Tea Tree Oil in a Glass Jar

Tea tree oil refers to the essential oil distilled from Melaleuca alternifolia, an Australian tree. This powerful botanic oil has an abundance of beneficial properties; it is antiseptic, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Found in many natural skin- and body-care products, tea tree oil treats a variety of skin conditions from acne to athlete’s foot. It also adds a punch to homemade cleaners. Read on for 11 of our favorite uses for tea tree oil.

1. Mildew buster: Combine 1 cup white vinegar and 25 drops tea tree oil in a reusable spray bottle. Spritz on mold or mildew and let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe away with a damp sponge.

2. Simple soap: To make a basic antiseptic soap, combine 2 cups melted glycerin soap base and 2 tablespoons tea tree oil. Stir until blended, pour into soap molds and cool.

3. Acne fighter: Studies have shown that a 5 percent solution of tea tree oil works similarly to benzoyl peroxide but without the drying effects. Apply diluted tea tree oil—blend the oil either with water or skin-beneficial vitamin E oil—to blemishes daily.



4. Laundry booster: To heavily soiled laundry such as cloth diapers, add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil to the wash. The powerful antifungal properties of tea tree oil will help prevent bacterial and fungal infections.

5. Earache eliminator: To make natural ear drops, place 2 drops diluted (use a carrier oil such as almond or avocado oil) tea tree oil into infected ear.
Note:
Do not use this remedy if the ear drum is perforated or if fluid is leaking from the ear.

aholden
11/4/2014 10:37:25 AM

I had about 20 warts on my hand when I was a child, wrapping them in medical tape and not letting the air get at them for about 14 days does the trick - forget the tea tree oil you don't need it


divemistress
8/5/2014 1:07:28 PM

I was thinking the same thing with the wart remover. It says diluted but no ratio.


Kim
8/5/2014 8:36:06 AM

i want to try the deodorant. I've bought natural deodorant that did not work. I hope this recipe works.




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