Sunday, October 19, 2008

Day 181 of our Green Year: Tea Tree Oil

During Our Green Year (now over half over), Layla and I try and find interesting uses around the house from natural products. Hence, this week we come to tea tree oil, which is an essential oil that comes from the melaleuca tree. Tea tree oil has been used extensively in previous years as a mold and mildew killer, and if you want to use it, just put two teaspoons of Australian tea tree oil in a spray bottle with two cups of water. Leave that residue there for a few hours and before you know it, when you wipe it will be gone.

Here are some other cool tips for Australian tea tree oil that Layla and I will be using.

  1. Grout Spray: Use the same formula as mentioned above and you will be able to kill the mold that may exist in certain areas of your home. You can remove that musty smell of mold with this mixture, just do not rinse the residue off.
  2. If a dog, cat or person has thrown up on the floor, or there is blood somewhere, you can use tea tree oil in the above formula as an anti-septic solution as well. Just spray it where the blood or vomit is and get rid of any nasty germs or bacteria.
  3. If you take half a teaspoon of tea tree oil and put it in with your laundry, it will keep them from getting moldy. Layla and I will be doing this when we cold-hand wash our clothes over the coming weeks to see if it deals with musty smells as well.
Those are just some quick tips of how to use tea tree oil, but if you have some tips we did not mention, then send us an e-mail to If you have pictures of you or your family doing green things, then send those pictures to that e-mail as well.