Household uses of tea tree oil include eliminating mildew, disinfecting laundry, as an all-purpose cleaner or natural deodorant, according to healthy home experts at Mother Earth Living. The botanic oil is found in many natural skin and body care products and may also be applied topically to treat acne, eliminate foot odor and reduce allergic skin reactions
Homemade all-purpose cleaners are concocted by filling a clean, reusable spray bottle with 1 quart warm water and adding 15 drops tea tree oil. The resulting mixture is ideal as a surface cleaner for cabinets and floors; a more powerful antiseptic beneficial for cleaning toilets is achieved by adding 2 teaspoons tea tree oil to every 2 cups water.
Tea tree oil applied topically helps treat cuts, abrasions, burns, pimples, insect bites and other minor injuries and also alleviates symptoms of athlete's food, scabies, lice and warts, explains WebMD.
Adding 1 teaspoon of the oil to heavily soiled laundry loads helps disinfect and kill any bacteria or fungus that may be present, states Mother Earth Living.
A natural homemade deodorant becomes reality by mixing 1/3 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup cornstarch, 5 tablespoons melted coconut oil and 15 drops tea tree oil in an airtight container.