Tea tree oil is a commonly-known essential oil used in almost every home. And what’s little-known is that it happens to be packed with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an essential ingredient in many beauty and health products. What we are here to tell you is that this mighty essential oil can be put to many other uses around the house. From curing dandruff, cleaning germy spots, and deodorizing smelly clothes, here’s all you need to know about this magical oil!
1. As a cold and ache reliever
One of nature’s best antibiotics, tea tree oil can be used to treat colds and toothaches. Just add two drops of the oil on a clean cloth and breathe in to help treat mild colds. You can also use tea tree oil to treat sinus: Add a few drops in a bowl of steaming water and wrap a towel over your head and breathe in the steam for 5 to 10 minutes.
2. As an anti-dandruff shampoo booster
If you are suffering from dandruff, then tea tree oil might be the perfect solution for you. A typical reason for dandruff is the excess of Malassezia, an organism present on the scalp. Since tea tree oil contains anti-fungal properties, it can reduce the growth of Malassezia, reducing dandruff formation. All you need to do is add 8-10 drops of tea tree essential oil to a bottle of your favorite shampoo, and you are good to go!
3. As an all-purpose cleaner
Apart from cleaning your skin, tea tree oil also makes for an excellent cleaning agent (thanks to its antimicrobial properties). Blend 10 drops of tea tree oil to 2 cups of hot water, and 1/2 cup of vinegar to stir up an all-purpose cleaner. However, do not use this cleaner on marble or granite surfaces, as the vinegar can cause damage to the stone.
4. As a washing machine cleaner
Get rid of musty smells and mildew build-up in your washing machine by adding 10-15 drops of tea tree essential oil and running it on an empty cycle. Once done, leave the machine door open to allow it to dry completely.
5. As a natural deodorant
Another unusual way to use tea tree oil is to get rid of body odor. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that help kill the odor-causing bacteria on your skin. Blend a few drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and baking soda to create an organic deodorant. Put it in a spray bottle, and you have a home-made all natural deodorant, ready for use!
6. As a laundry booster
Add a few drops of tea tree oil into the cycle when you are washing your garments, and you’ll be stunned at the outcomes. It’s especially great for freshening up smelly clothes and socks and can be used to sanitize soiled towels as well.
7. As a toothbrush disinfectant
Did you know that you can use tea tree oil to sanitize toothbrushes? Just mix 10 drops of tea tree essential oil to 1 cup of water and immerse the toothbrush into the solution, overnight.