How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Cleaning (Plus a Recipe for a Natural Mold Killing Spray)

I’ve been using Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca) for a while now for lots of things such as bug bites and also toothaches. But recently, I started using it in cleaning and I must say I am thoroughly impressed. It cleans my floors like nothing else. Whenever I use tea tree essential for cleaning my floors, my floors are super duper clean and with no residue! They feel smooth and I am perfectly comfortable with letting my babies play and crawl all over the floor. Oh, by the way, I have a no shoe policy in my home to help keep my home that much cleaner. I don’t want shoes to track in dirt from the outdoors. I mean, who knows where those shoes have gone (dirt, dog poo, yuck!).

In this post, I want to share with you how I use Tea Tree essential oil to clean and specifically to mop with.

Using Tea Tree Oil for Cleaning

What I do is I put just a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil in my mop bucket filled with warm/hot water. I do add some bleach to it too. Yes, Tea Tree is also antibacterial, but you would need to use a lot of it in a bucket of mop water to reach the dilution ratio you need for its antibacterial properties to work. Bleach is cheaper . . . But, if you had the money, then go for it. A dilution ratio of 1% is all that is needed to kill most bacteria. That’s about 1 drop for every teaspoon of water in your mop bucket. If you have expensive oils, then you know how precious each and every drop of that oil is.

So, here’s the recipe I used for my mopping.

  • Half filled mop bucket with warm/hot water
  • 1 cup bleach
  • 5-6 drops Tea Tree

Mix all ingredients and mop away!

(P.S. If you’re curious about my mop bucket, click here. I like it because it comes with a spinner so you don’t have to manually wring your mop head out and this spinner works so well!)

Which Tea Tree Essential Oil Should I Buy for Cleaning Purposes?

If you normally purchase doTERRA or Young Living oils, then you know how expensive your oils can be. For cleaning purposes though, you can purchase any high quality oil. This Tea Tree essential oil by Plant Therapy, for example, is a lot cheaper than either doTERRA’s Melaleuca and Young Living’s Melaleuca.

Once my doTERRA oils are used up, I want to buy from Plant Therapy (they’re high quality and they provide you with third party test results so you can check the purity for yourself).

DIY Natural Mold Killing Spray

Here’s a recipe you can make with your Tea Tree essential oil that kills mold. If you live in humid areas where mold grows easily, then you’ll love this spray. Use it regularly on your shower curtains and other wet areas to keep them from growing mold. I didn’t know this before and I wish I had known this before but unlike bleach which only temporarily removes the mold, this natural mold killing spray with Melaleuca essential oil actually kills the mold. You don’t just want a temporary band-aid of sorts, but you actually want your mold to be killed. So, if you’ve been using bleach, I say try this Tea Tree mold killing spray to see if it works better for you.

Here’s the recipe. It’s very simple.

  • 1 teaspoon Tea Tree/Melaleuca
  • 1 cup warm water

Add these ingredients to a spray bottle such as this one. Shake and spray away. Spray regularly to prevent mold from growing. If you do spray it on actively growing mold, let the spray sit on the affected area for a bit (anywhere from a few minutes to an hour) before scrubbing it away. You may have to scrub pretty hard to remove the mold but just tell yourself that the Tea Tree is really killing the mold instead of just removing it.

You can also add white vinegar to your spray bottle to increase the power of your spray. White vinegar also works to kill mold.

Dilution Chart

Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.

Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.

You can download a free PDF version here or purchase the magnet here.

For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.

Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.

Recommended Essential Oil Brands

Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.

The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these:

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