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Natural living: Using tea tree essential oil around the house

Disinfect and clean around the house with tea tree and essential oils.

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One of the more popular essentials oils on the market is tea tree oil. You have most probably heard or read about the oil somewhere, or maybe bought a shower gel or other body care product that contains it. Tea tree is quite easy to come by and any pharmacy should have the product on their shelves. The oil is affordable and has a variety of properties and uses, from using it for its health benefits to in and around the house.

What is tea tree oil?

Tea tree originates from down under in Australia and is recognised by its scientific name, Melaleuca alternifolia. The essential oil that you find in most shops is undiluted and should, therefore, be used with caution. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should always be used diluted in a carrier oil if applied to the skin.

When using any essential oil, always follow the instructions provided on the bottle. When applying topically and you are in doubt of an essential oils use, make sure to consult with a professional aromatherapist, or speak to your doctor before using.

Tea tree oil for disinfecting surfaces in your home

Tea tree oil has been found to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial as well as anti-fungal properties. This is why it is the perfect choice to use when you clean surfaces around the house. Also, remember when cleaning surfaces, to always test a surface out first to prevent any discolouration.

If you have skin allergies, you should discontinue use or use protective gloves. Keep products away from kids and animals. To increase effectiveness and to create different aromas, it is recommended you blend and use more than one essential oil.

All-purpose surface cleaner

For cleaning surfaces in your home, you need a spray bottle, your essential oil, some white vinegar, and water.

Take 1 ½ cups of water and ¼ cup vinegar and place into the spray bottle. Place about 10 drops of your essential oil into the mixture. You can always add other essential oils to the mix. For example, 10 drops each of tea tree, lavender, lemon. Always shake the spray bottle before using. I like to add a few drops to the water I am going to use and clean the floor with.

Dustbin deodoriser

I am sure you all know how a dustbin can become a smelly mess, especially if it contains onions or fish. Once you have discarded the bag, you can wipe the inside of the dustbin with the surface cleaner. You can also add three or four drops of neat oil from your essential oil bottle into the bin before you place your bag inside again.

Air freshener

You can use three to four drops in your air purifier or a diffuser if you have one. Simply place 10 drops into a spray bottle filled with water, again a combination of oils is preferable. Peppermint is a great oil to add as an insect repellent, specifically for spiders. Spray the curtains and skirting boards for this purpose.

More ideas to freshen up with tea tree oil

  • You can freshen up your clothes by adding a few drops to your washing machine during the rinse cycle.
  • In your vacuum cleaner, after it has been cleaned, place a few drops of oil into the drum section.
  • Room and Linen spray or add a few drops to cotton balls and place into your clothing cupboards.
  • Combine 10 drops essential oil to two cups baking soda and sprinkle this over your carpeted areas. Allow to stand for an hour or two and then vacuum up. Any baking soda remaining can be stored for future use.

Toilet cleaner

Combine a ½ cup of baking soda with 10 drops of essential and toss into your toilet bowl quickly followed by ¼ cup of white vinegar. This should clean the toilet bowl quite effectively.

The aim of using essential oils around the house is to keep the environment free of toxins and unhealthy chemicals. There are plenty of blends and recipes online, so there should be no problem finding a solution if you decide to do a bit of natural home cleaning. Tea tree is definitely the number one essential oil I use for this purpose.

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