I have fallen in love with my recipe for cleaning the bathroom, the commode lid and rim, counter, and floor. This recipe also works as a hand sanitizer.
The recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil and 1 cup water. Sometimes I will make more by using 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and 4 cups of water. I put it in a spray bottle. Shake it very well.
You can make it stronger if you like. A small bottle of tea tree oil, which should always be a a dark bottle, never a clear one, is about $10 or so at Walgreens, sometimes it is $11, but it goes a long way.
At first, the smell of tea tree oil was a bit too much to take, when I did the hair treatment, for lice, last year when the school had an outbreak of it. You take about two teaspoons of the stuff, you could use more if you wanted but you won't, and put it with 1/4 cup of Dawn, mix it up, and shampoo your hair with it - leaving it in for 8 minutes.
As strong as it is, like Vicks, breathing the scent of it is said to increase immunity and well being. Drop one drop in your hand, rub them together and cup them around your nose and breathe.
If you are new to tea tree oil, I would advise just to use the spray on your hands (like the above recipe says). I will sometimes make more up. It has been going FAST. It also gets sprayed in the tub for getting rid of microbes and germs and it gets sprayed on the bath mat.
Anyone with foot problems spray their shoes with Lysol every night. Lysol is not good for cats so don't spray it around them.
Vinegar is great for hair! Some people rinse their hair out with white vinegar, but I always use the apple cider kind. It always puts reddish highlights in my hair.
I have been cleaning ever since the beginning of Spring. I am going to order another plastic broom. The one I ordered before broke when one of the kids tried to use it. I wish I had kept the receipt. I am going to have to find one that is really strong - really strong. You really don't have to use much pressure on them, you just use light strokes. The kids will keep breaking them until they realize that. I am getting one to hide just for me.
By Robyn from Tri-Cities, TN
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I love to put tea tree oil in my handsoap to kill germs, & my shampoo-great for dandruff & such. I've also used it to help heal cuts & scrapes.
Haven't tried it for cleaning yet, glad to know it works, will have to try it.
I like this website, it has a lot of info about tea tree oil. They sell it, but I just use it for reference:
Great tip! I'm a fan of tea tree oil myself. You can also use castile soap 1 cup (the one with tea tree or regular), 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup water and add about 10 drops of tea tree oil. Great natural cleanser.
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