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Healthy Cleaning With Tea Tree Oil

Going green is popular these days and green approaches to cleaning typically include using cleaning solutions that do not include harsh chemicals or petroleum-based ingredients. In fact, some proponents of green cleaning advocate staying away from antibacterial chemicals. Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and antifungal essential oil. Although tea tree oil has a strong odor, it is an effective substitute for harsher, mainstream chemicals.Mold Killer

Make a natural solution that kills fungus by adding a teaspoon of tea tree oil to white vinegar in a spray bottle.  Spray but do not rinse.

Laundry Scent and Booster

Sometimes clothes and linens need a little more than just plain old laundry detergent.  A teaspoon of tea tree oil in your wash water can kill germs.

Insect Repellent and Bite Soother

Tea tree oil keeps mosquitoes, gnats, and other bugs away.  Pour about one ounce of tea tree oil and four ounces of witch hazel into a spray bottle.  Shake it up before applying.  Both ingredients are soothing to existing bites.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Tea tree oil is a great addition to homemade cleaners.  Add 2 cups of hot water to 2 tablespoons of Borax, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil in a spray bottle.  Shake it and spray on germs!

Gum and Sticker Remover

Tea tree oil can cut through sticky substances with ease!  Pour a few drops on a cotton ball and rub away.

Head Lice

Mix a teaspoon of tea tree oil with 4 teaspoons of either olive oil or coconut oil and rub into scalp.  Leave on for 15 minutes.  Use a nit comb before washing mixture out.

Athlete’s Foot and other Fungus

For athlete’s foot, ringworm, dandruff and nail infections, mix a few drops of tea tree oil in a base oil like sweet almond, olive or coconut oil and apply to affected area.

You can also add tea tree oil to your shampoo, or even to hot water for a foot soak.

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