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.
Do not use this remedy if the ear drum is perforated or if fluid is leaking from the ear.

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

8/5/2014 1:07:28 PM

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

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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