"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 addition, 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 pungent odor, it is an effective substitute for harsher, mainstream chemicals. A small bottle of tea tree oil costs under $10 and can be used for an entire year when mixed into an effective cleaning solution. You don't have to worry about children and pets being harmed by a tea tree oil solution, unlike more caustic chemical cleaners. Learn how to use tea tree oil to clean in this article.
Things You'll Need
- Tea tree oil
- Spray bottle
- Murphy's oil soap
- Kosher salt
Mix 14 ounces of water with 1 ounce of Murphy's oil soap and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Use an old spray bottle that has been cleaned thoroughly, and then mark the outside of the spray bottle with "Tea Tree Oil Cleaner" or with a similar name.
Spray the cleaning solution on any surface where you would use traditional cleaning solution. You can even use the solution to clean the toilet bowl or tiles floors.
Mix the tea tree oil solution with kosher salt and use this with a sponge to scrub soap scum off of shower doors and bathtubs. The salt acts as an abrasive and cleaning aid. Rinse thoroughly and be sure to wear gloves.
Spray the tea tree oil solution on dirty car seats and high chairs and wipe them down. This helps to sanitize your child's sitting and eating areas without using harsh chemicals that might do more harm than good. Be sure to let the tea tree oil solution dry completely before placing your child in the seats.
Use the solution to wipe down surfaces in high-mold or high-humidity areas. Tea tree oil is a natural fungus fighter, and can be useful in combating mold and mildew. If you encounter large amounts of mold, or black mold, however, call a mold-removal specialist.
Tips & Warnings
- Do not use tea tree oil to wash hardwood floors, unless you have a one-time situation where the antibacterial/antifungal property in tea tree oil is needed. Long-term tea tree oil use on hardwoods can damage the floors.
- Keep cleaning solutions away from pets and children.
- Do not use tea tree oil solution on windows or mirrors.
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