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04 Dec 2017 - TTO goes Royal

Meghan Markle reveals the ONE go-to remedy in her medical cabinet she calls her 'cure-all' More »»


26 Aug 2017 - Botanical Adulterants Bulletin on Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia and M. linariifolia) Oil

The American Botanical Council (ABC) has released a Botanical Adulterants Bulletin on TTO. More »»


14 Feb 2017 - ISO 4730 Revision released

The Standard ISO 4730 which is used for 100% pure Australian TTO has been revised. More »»


08 Aug 2016 - RIRDC Rural Diversity Magazine Winter 2016

RIRDC has released its Winter 2016 "Rural Diversity" magazine which features the tea tree industry. More »»


Other Uses

There are a huge number of uses for TTO that are not in the categories listed:

Question: I would like to buy some TTO to use on a small area of carpet mold.  I read some information on the internet that said TTO with Terpinen-4-ol concentrations of greater than 40% would have disinfectant properties.

Answer: Any commercial tea tree oil which quotes a terpinen-4-ol concentration of 30% or better has antibacterial and antifungal properties.  In fact almost all tea tree oil sold around the world has a terpinen-4-ol of 38-42%.  Wherever you read that oil with more than  than 40% terpinen-4-ol has disinfectant properties, was probably just promoting their own brand and specification of oil!

Do NOT use neat tea tree oil on your carpet as it will probably strip out the carpet dye! We suggest that you:
 
a)    Purchase a 'good quantity' of  pure Australian tea tree oil - at least 100ml
b)    Buy a bottle of methylated spirits.
 
Add 2 parts methylated spirits to 1 part tea tree oil - this will give you a 33% of tea tree oil solution.  Add water to further dilute - I would suggest down to about a 10% concentration.  Shake we, load it into a trigger spray bottle and spray on the affected area, deep down into the pile.  Test for colour fastness first.  Repeat this treatment 2 or 3 times over a week or so.

Almost certainly the mold which is in your carpet is also in the backing and possibly in the underlay. To survive any mould needs moist or humid conditions and unless you treat the cause (eg a leaking pipe, rising damp etc), your problem will definitely return.   The tea tree oil solution will inhibit the mould growth, but if you are not able to remove the cause of the infection and /or not able to treat all affected areas you will have constant re-infection occuring from mould spores germinating. It is critical to identify and eliminate any moisture sources completely to stop this happening.

 

 

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