For the past few months, I have been testing and using a wonderful product from Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil. I have found many uses for this amazing oil. Besides it being know as a great topical skin cure-all (I used it on a sun rash, cleared it right up)... It is also an amazing cleaner and freshener... Here are the ways I've been using and will continue using my tea tree oil.
My first use was for my asthma-allergy kids... I added a few drops to our humidifiers, and it helped relieve asthma and their allergy breathing issues.
My second use was as an all-purpose cleaner. I filled a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water.
I also made a variation, with water, vinegar, soap, and tea tree oil... For my tub/showers
My third use, was another way to keep my bathrooms fresh, by using it in the toilet. The toilet bowl receives about 1/4-1/2 cup of baking soda dumped in (I really don’t measure, of course), a few drops of tea tree oil, and a splash of peroxide (maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup again). Sometimes I use vinegar in place of the peroxide, but I think the finished bathroom smells fresher with peroxide. Either will work, though. After scrubbing with the toilet brush, I leave it set until someone needs to use the restroom.
My fourth use, helped to freshen my basement's wall to wall carpet.
Homemade Carpet Freshener
1/2 cup baking soda
20-40 drops essential oil of choice (1/4 lavender oil, 3/4 tea tree)
The baking soda is a natural carpet cleaner, and will help to remove any odors from your carpet.
The essential oils will not only leave a wonderful scent, but will also help to cleanse your carpet as well.
Pick essential oils that smell nice and have powerful cleansing properties. My two favorites for this are lavender and tea tree oil. I love the smell of both of them, and they both have potent antibacterial qualities. However, if you have pets, the ASPCA advises you to stay away from tea tree oil.
Mix baking soda and essential oils together, and put in a shaker container with holes in the lid (such as a large, empty spice container).
Let this mixture sit for 24 hours to allow the essential oil to permeate the baking soda.
Sprinkle lightly over carpet. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then vacuum as usual.
I love this stuff!! I can't wait to find more ways to use tea tree oil. I completely recommend Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Austrailian Tea Tree Oil. It will leave your home smelling fresh and clean!