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9 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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9 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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:

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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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                    Last Updated on December 2, 2021

                    The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                    The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                    Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                    There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                    Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                    Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                    Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                    Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                    1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                    2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                    3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                    4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                    5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                    Now on to the checklist!

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                    Here is how your checklist should look

                    1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                    • Tent, poles, stakes
                    • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                    • Extra tarp or canopy
                    • Sleeping bag for each camper
                    • Sleeping pad for each camper
                    • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                    • Pillows
                    • Extra blankets
                    • Chairs
                    • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                    • Lantern
                    • Lantern fuel or batteries

                    2.  KITCHEN

                    • Stove
                    • Fuel for stove
                    • Matches or lighter
                    • Pot
                    • French press or portable coffee maker
                    • Corkscrew
                    • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                    • Food-storage containers
                    • Trash bags
                    • Cooler
                    • Ice
                    • Water bottles
                    • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                    • Cups, mugs
                    • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                    • Cutting board
                    • Foil
                    • soap
                    • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                    • Paper towels
                    • Extra bin for washing dishes

                    3. CLOTHES

                    • Clothes for daytime
                    • Sleepwear
                    • Swimsuits
                    • Rainwear
                    • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                    • Extra layers for warmth
                    • Gloves
                    • Hats

                    4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                    • Sunscreen
                    • Insect repellent
                    • First-aid kit
                    • Prescription medications
                    • Toothbrush, toiletries
                    • Soap

                    5. OTHER ITEMS

                    • Camera
                    • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                    • Maps, area information

                    This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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