Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Tea Tree Oil – Household Uses

Tea tree oil is an essential oil taken from the Melaleuca tree which is native to Australia.  It is in the Myrtaceae family, similar to natural cleanersclove, eucalyptus and myrtle. When the oil is extracted from the Tea Tree it produces an essential oil that has antifungal and antibiotic properties.

Tea Tree Oil is an extremely effective and natural antiseptic, fungicide and germicide, and a non-toxic solvent.  Most users adapt different methods of utilizing the oil to suit their own particular areas of concern.  Here are some possible household uses of Tea Tree Oil.

Household and General Cleaning

  • Add 1 ml. of pure oil to 5 liters of water when washing windows, floors, toilets, bathrooms, and kitchen surfaces.
  • Pure oil will remove the sticky residue left after removing cellophane tape or other sticky adhesives.
  • Freshen sponges and cloths by soaking them in a Tree Tea Oil and water solution.
  • Remove scuff marks from a vinyl or linoleum floor by rubbing with a damp cloth dabbed with tea tree oil.
  • Add 3 ml. of pure oil to washing machines for a fragrant, fresh wash.  This is particularly helpful when washing woolens, as it deters moths.


  • Household ants and other pests hate Tea Tree Oil, so a few drops put at the ants’ point tea tree oil in bottlesof entry will deter them.
  • When you wipe cupboards out with an oil and water solution, you will find that cockroaches and the like will move out.
  • Put a tissue with pure oil drops on it into your vacuum cleaner and you will freshen your rooms and kill dust mites as you vacuum.

Melaleuca Flowers

Prevent Fungus and Molds

  • Being a fungicide, Tea Tree Oil is very effective against mildew and mold.  Shower curtains stay milde w-free if soaked in a solution of Tea Tree Oil and water.  It also helps to prevent soap scum buildup.
  • Add a few drops of pure oil to furniture polish to prevent blue mold growing on wooden surfaces.  (You can mix up required amount in a saucer.)
  • After washi ng down walls and removing grime and mildew, wipe over again with a solution of Tea Tree Oil and water to prevent mildew regrowth.


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