Hundreds of years ago, the Australian aborigines first discovered tea tree oil and its ability to heal fungal infections, athlete's foot, coughs, colds and as an antiseptic. Now, in our modern era, we have found other ways to use tea tree oil around the house. Check out our household hacks for tea tree oil below!
Soothe acne: If you have a break out of those awful red pimples, don't worry! Just dab on some tea tree oil. You can dilute it with about 20 drops of witch hazel and then apply with a cotton swab. Be sure to not overuse it, though, because it can dry out your skin. (via Reader's Digest)
Remove makeup: You just got out of the shower and still have streaks of mascara and eyeliner on your face. Just combine about 10 drops of tea tree oil with a 1/4 cup of canola oil in a jar. Cover and shake, then store in a cool dark place. To use, just saturate a cotton ball and swipe over your face. (via Reader's Digest)
Moisturize your dry cuticles: Have cracked and ragged cuticles? Combine 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil, 1 tablespoon avocado oil, 10 drops of lavender oil and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Shake to combine and then massage into your nails to help soften your cuticles and prevent them from splitting. (via Reader's Digest)
Air freshener: Be sure to keep a bag or tin of cotton balls soaked in tea tree oil around. They're super handy when you're faced with a musty odor or a burnt smell from the kitchen. It will help to remove the bad smell and freshen the air. (via Activist Post)
Soothe sores: Whether it be regular sores, cold sores or chicken pox, tea tree oil can definitely help. Dab one drop of tea tree oil directly onto the sore. For a cold sore, apply one drop three to four times a day. It works as an antiseptic to help heal the area. If you blend a few drops of it with one tablespoon of olive oil, it will be perfect to apply on chicken pox. Apply two to three times a day. (via Reader's Digest)
Soothe psoriasis: Your skin might be really acting up today; it itches like crazy. Mix tea tree oil with a little olive oil and massage into your skin a couple times a day. This is very useful for relieving itchiness and softening plaques. (via Reader's Digest)
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Ban bad breath: Do you scare your partner away with your bad breath? For a new type of mouthwash, try rinsing with one ounce of water and one drop of oil. Be sure not to swallow though! (via Activist Post)
Treat allergies and asthma: If your coughing and sneezing is bothering you, try massaging tea tree oil into your chest, abdomen and reflex points on your feet. Seasonal allergies should be fading away in no time! For asthma, heat a pan of water on the stove with a few drop of tea tree oil. Take it off the stove, and while it's cooling drape a towel over your head and breath in the steam for a few minutes. (via Activist Post)
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Get rid of dandruff: Add about 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo. You can also apply a few drops directly to your scalp and massage after washing. Those itchy white flakes will be gone in no time! (via Activist Post)
Moisturize chapped lips: It's getting cold outside and your lips are bound to get chapped. Be sure to protect them by adding one or two drops to your lip balm. (via Activist Post)
Relieve sore muscle pain: After a hard day, or maybe an equally hard workout, you need to relax and sooth your sore muscles. Run a bathtub with warm water, then add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to relax your tight muscles. (via Activist Post)
Get rid of lice: Before your little ones pass on those pesky little critters to you, get rid of them with a homemade tea tree oil shampoo. Add 20 drops of tea tree oil to two tablespoons shampoo. Then massage into the scalp and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and repeat three to four times a day until the eggs are gone. (via Activist Post)
Remove stains: You're cleaning up the house and you find scuff marks on your floors! It's just another thing to clean, but tea tree oil makes it easy to remove them. Just apply pure tea tree oil to a damp cloth to remove those scuff marks from your vinyl and linoleum floors. (via Desert Essence)
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Clean your bathtub and tile: Ugh, now you need to clean the bathrooms! This homemade tea tree oil cleaner not only cleans the bathroom, but also helps to prevent mildew regrowth and soap buildup! So, there'll be less cleanup for you next time. Use an oil and water solution on the shower doors to prevent soap buildup and then apply to the shower walls. That removes the grime and mildew. Then wipe the walls down again to prevent any regrowth. (via Desert Essence)
Clean your toothbrush: A simple and easy way to keep your toothbrush clean is by adding the oil directly to your toothbrush a couple of times a week. It will effectively kill bacteria so your toothbrush can do its job to keep your mouth clean. (via Desert Essence)
Relieve sunburn: You've just come home from your nice relaxing vacation but brought a sunburn back home with you! Tea tree oil can help you with that. Combine a drop of tea tree oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and one drop of lavender oil. Then gently apply to your sunburn. This combination can also help with rashes! (via Activist Post)
Remove Mold: Mold is always a nuisance to have in your house. You can make an all-purpose cleaner with two teaspoons of tea tree oil and two cups of water. Shake well and spray on any mildew or mold you have in your house. (via Activist Post)
Pest Control: If you put a few drops of tea tree oil around your doors and windows, this stops ants and other peaks from sneaking in. Now you don't need to worry about finding a trail of ants in your kitchen. (via Desert Essence)
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