Like Eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil is another popular essential oil that has a number of uses around the home. It can be used as an altrnative to eucalyptu as it has many similar properties that make it a great cleaner, antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal.
As with any essential oil, there are some safety precautions to keep in mind before use.
- It’s advised that you avoid use of tea tree oil while pregnant.
- Keep away from children and animals – if swallowed ring Poisons Information or seek immediate medical attention.
- Always patch test the oil on the surface you are about to use it on, to ensure it will not cause discolouration or any other damage.
- Wear protective gloves during use as some skin irritation/allergy may occur – if this does happen, discontinue its use immediately.
Here’s a few ideas of how you can use tea tree oil in your home
General All Purpose Spray Cleaner – Add 10 drops of tea tree oil to a mix of 250 mls white vinegar and 250 mls water in a spray bottle. It’s a great disinfectant and general cleaner.
Laundry – Add a few drops of tea tree oil into the cycle when you are doing your clothes washing. It’s especially good to deodorize your hubby’s smelly work clothes and socks, and also freshens up towels and sheets. Pop it in when washing your cloth nappies as it helps to kill bacteria.
Garbage Bin Deodoriser – Just 3 or 4 drops of tea tree oil into the garbage bin helps to get rid of those nasty smells. You can also use the general all purpose spray to give it a really good clean.
Mould Remover – 5 drops of tea tree oil into a cup of white vinegar helps to remove mould on bathroom surfaces like your basins, bath and shower. Make sure you patch test first!!
Head Lice Deterrent – To deter head lice (nits), just put 3 or 4 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle full of water, then spray daily on the hair. You can also try adding a small squirt of hair conditioner to the bottle. Nits will hate the tea tree oil smell and the conditioner helps to stop drying the hair out and the nits are unable to get a grip on the hair shaft to lay their eggss!
Just like eucalyptus, tea tree oil can be found in supermarkets, chemists, health food stores or online, and is inexpensive.
Check out our other uses for Essential OIls in the Cleaning Section!