Tea tree oil is most commonly known as a way to treat acne that’s both natural and has a strong yet pleasant smell. But this amazing substance has many other uses, including skincare but also beyond, that make it a must-have item in your home. It can be toxic if taken orally, so keep out of reach of little ones or pets! And for best results, store it in a tinted bottle, as direct light can reduce its potency.

And now, here are nine ways you can use tea tree oil for your health and your home:

1. Fight persistent body odor

Add a few drops to your deodorant before putting it on or mix a small amount into your baths to combat body odor that just won’t quit.

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2. Make an all-purpose cleaner

Most people recommend combining 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. If the smell is too strong for you, reducing the amount of tea tree oil is fine.

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3. Loosen chest congestion and clear sinuses

Add some drops of tea tree oil to a water vaporizer/humidifier and it will help clear your congestion.

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4. Make laundry smell extra fresh

A couple drops of tea tree oil in your laundry detergent when will leave your clothes smelling even cleaner.

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5. Use as an insect-repellent

Make a spray with a few drops and some water and spray around windows and doors or your outside seating areas to repel bugs.

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6. Scrub bathroom tiles and bathtubs squeaky clean

Take the all-purpose cleaner mixture from above and mix kosher salt to effectively scrub tiles and tubs free of grime.

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7. Treat cuts and burns

Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties and is great for small skin injuries.

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8. Use as an anti-fungal agent

Fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot can be treated with tea tree oil.

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9. Clean off mold

A mixture of water with some drops of tea tree oil can be used to scrub mold off surfaces should you have the misfortune to discover some in your home.

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