Tea tree oil is an oil derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree that is native to Australia. For years, the oil has been used by Aborigines to treat minor cuts and wounds and prevent infections due to its powerful antibacterial properties. The oil has antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic properties as well, which is why it’s often a part of cosmetic products. You can find tea tree oil in nail creams, shampoos, face wash lotions, skin creams and massage oils. Due to these properties, you should keep a small bottle of tea tree oil in your home.
Here are 7 ways you can use the oil:
Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant which can clean your air of chemicals and toxins when added to a humidifier. Add a few drops in the washing machine when washing your pillow covers and sheets in order to keep them perfectly clean as well.
Teas tree oil has powerful antibacterial properties and can easily destroy germs on any surface. Just add a few drops in every laundry load to keep your clothes squeaky clean.
Disinfects your dishes
Add a couple drops of tea tree oil in your soap dispenser and wash your dishes with it to keep them free of bacteria.
An all-purpose cleaner
Mix a bit of borax and ACV with a couple drops of tea tree oil to create a powerful all-purpose cleaner for all surfaces.
Repels ants and other insects
If your home is invaded by ants, all you need to do is mix a bit of the oil and water in a spray bottle and use the mixture on the areas frequented by ants. It will eliminate them all and prevent them from coming back into your house again.
There are different kinds of mold with various levels of toxicity, and they all have one thing in common – they are pretty hard to get rid of. However, thanks to its antifungal properties, tea tree oil is a perfect natural remedy against mold. Just spray it on the affected areas of your wall or anywhere you need and it will get rid of the mold quickly and efficiently.
Improves the quality of your hair
The powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties of tea tree oil work great against scalp infections such as dandruff. Just mix it with some coconut oil, lavender oil and fresh Aloe gel, then rub the mixture on your scalp and you’ll get rid of dandruff soon.
Note: although the oil is pretty much safe to use for everyone, you might experience some side-effects if your skin is sensitive. You should also keep it farther from your eyes, inner nose and sensitive areas of the skin. We suggest trying a bit of the oil on a small patch of skin to ensure that you’re not sensitive to it. If you aren’t, you can safely use it.