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Three Recipes for Tea Tree Oil Cleaners

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That’s right: three cleaners! I bring you two disinfectants and a super-green all-purpose cleaner.  The disinfectants are my new favorite cleaners for mirrors, doorknobs, windows, stainless steel, and porcelain. They leave the most marvelous shine and I love that the tea tree oil is a bonus anti-microbial with a fresh scent. I’m including directions for all three in one post because I’m feeling generous. Who wants to keep good things all to themselves? Not this girl!

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I’m going to show you how to make the Formula One Tea Tree Oil Disinfectant Spray, which I must say is the BEST stainless steel cleaner I’ve ever used. I mean it. I’ve really struggled to find a cleaner for my stainless steel appliances which actually works and doesn’t contain crazy chemicals.

Tea Tree Oil Disinfectant Spray, Formula One & Formula Two

2 cups distilled water
6 ounces (3/4 cup) rubbing alcohol OR cheap vodka
2 teaspoons 100 % pure tea tree oil
OPTIONAL: essential oil for scent (lavender, lemon, etc.)
1 clean spray bottle

Pour ingredients into the spray bottle, close lid tightly, and shake vigorously. Do not spray in or around eyes.

A note about rubbing alcohol: Isopropyl Alcohol or rubbing alcohol is a disinfectant of low-toxicity but is considered dangerous if consumed (Around 15 g of isopropyl alcohol can have a toxic effect on a 70 kg human if left untreated). It is not natural and it’s flammable. I want to be very clear that rubbing alcohol is very useful and harmless if handled responsibly. I post this recipe because I’m assuming that you, gentle reader, are an adult. I’m not your mom so please be careful and don’t do anything silly.

A note about vodka: Vodka is a distilled beverage composed primarily of water and ethanol. Many people around the world consume it and even consume large quantities of it. The consumption of vodka may result in extreme happiness, extreme depression, regret, loss of stomach contents, loss of dignity, and loss of consciousness. Again, I’m not your mom and I’m assuming that you are an adult with some degree of self-control (after all, you are reading about alternative cleaners on a simple living website).

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Tea Tree Oil All-Purpose Cleaner

2 cups distilled water
6 ounces (3/4 cup) white vinegar
2 teaspoons 100% pure tea tree oil
1 clean spray bottle

Pour ingredients into the spray bottle, close lid tightly, and shake vigorously. Do not spray in or around eyes.

A note about vinegar: The active ingredient in vinegar, acetic acid, can effectively kill mycobacteria, even highly drug-resistant strains. Experts have advised against using vinegar as a household disinfectant against human pathogens, as it is less effective than chemical disinfectants and the amount of acetic acid in vinegar varies greatly. Let’s be clear: vinegar is not a substitute for Lysol or Clorox. If your family is taking turns with the plague and you are trying to wipe down surfaces to prevent its spread, please see the disinfectant sprays. Yes, green cleaning is lovely but there are certainly times to reach for the big guns (in this case: vodka or rubbing alcohol). Again, I’m not an expert and am not affiliated with the CDC. Please use common sense.

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  • Karen Jackson - I love this tip. It works brilliantly. Rubbing alcohol is expensive to buy in Australia so I’ll try the vodka next. I love the smell as well! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Do you use colored glass bottles when you add essential oils to your recipes? It’s my understanding that sunlight can breakdown the essential oils, so it’s better to store them in colored bottles (even when using them in cleaning mixtures so you don’t lose the potency). Also, I’ve seen a lot of other recipes for green disinfecting cleaners that use a great deal less essential oils, but these are usually using higher potency, name brand oils. Do you see any benefit in using those oils if you can use less of them and get the same results? Thank you in advance for your help!ReplyCancel

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