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20 Of The Best Practical Uses For Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil (which sometimes goes by its scientific name Melaleuca) has many qualities that make it useful in everyday life. Tea tree oil has been shown to have antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral effects, and it makes a great cleaning agent too!

Its medicinal aroma might not be as enticing as other oils like lemon or lavender, but that doesn’t mean tea tree oil isn’t just as deserving of a spot on your shelf! In today’s post, I’ll be sharing 20 uses for tea tree oil that can help you solve everyday problems!

Author’s Note: This is the fourth and final installment in a series of blog posts about using my four favorite essential oils. Check out the other installments to learn about uses for lemon oil, uses for lavender oil, and uses for peppermint oil!

Related:  13 Highly Practical Essential Oil Cleaning Hacks You Need To Know

20 Practical Uses For Tea Tree Oil

uses for tea tree oil

1. Bad Breath Fix

Mix up a quick tea tree oil rinse to freshen bad breath fast. Just add a drop of tea tree oil to 1 ounce of water, swish for a minute or so, then spit it out (don’t swallow!)

2. Reduce Dandruff

You can add tea tree oil to your normal shampoo to help keep dandruff at bay. Just add 3-4 drops of tea tree oil straight into your bottle of shampoo and use as usual!

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3. Soothe Eczema

To help soothe skin an eczema flareup, dilute 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil. Massage onto the affected area twice a day to help control inflammation and itchiness.

4. Tick Removal

You can use tea tree oil to help get rid of ticks. Just add a drop of tea tree oil to the tick and surrounding skin, and the tick should resurface long enough for you to get rid of him.

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5. Laundry Helper

Use tea tree oil in your laundry to help keep mildew-prone items like towels fresh and clean. Just add 20-30 drops of tea tree oil to your wash load to help prevent mildew issues.

6. Remove Skin Tags

Add a drop of tea tree oil to the pad of a bandage, then place the bandage over a skin tag and leave overnight. Repeat nightly to help remove a skin tag naturally.

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7. Earache Treatment

Suffering from a bothersome earache? Apply a drop or two of tea tree oil on the outside of the affected ear, or add a couple drops on a cotton ball and place just inside the ear opening.

8. Erase Permanent Marker

To remove permanent marker from skin when soap and water just won’t cut it, use tea tree oil! Dilute a drop of tea tree oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil and use it to remove the marks.

uses for tea tree oil

9. Remove Mold & Mildew

Mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil into 2 cups water and spray on areas of mold and mildew around the house. Shake the spray well before each use, and don’t rinse afterward to give it time to work.

10. Piercing Care

Apply tea tree oil topically after piercings to help prevent infection. Dilute the oil with a bit of fractionated coconut oil, or dilute with purified water to use as a spray.

uses for tea tree oil

11. Athlete’s Foot Remedy

There are several ways you can use anti-fungal tea tree oil to help with athlete’s foot. Add a drop of it to your shoes, massage it onto your feet, or add a few drops to a foot bath with and handful of sea salt.

12. Cankers & Cold Sores

Treat painful canker sores and cold sores with a bit of tea tree oil. Just dab a small amount directly over the sore, diluting with fractionated coconut oil first if you tend to have sensitive skin.

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13. Natural Deodorant

Make your own homemade deodorant by mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with about 1/2 cup each of coconut oil and baking soda.

14. Banish Acne

The antiseptic qualities of tea tree oil help keep acne at bay. Just add a drop to your usual cleanser, or dab a very small amount on acne breakouts to help clear them up.

uses for tea tree oil

15. Better Toothbrushing

Tea tree oil makes a great addition to homemade toothpastes. If you have a favorite store-bought toothpaste, try adding a drop of tea tree oil to your toothbrush before brushing (or after brushing to help keep your toothbrush clean.)

16. Tattoo Care

Apply tea tree oil topically to help care for new tattoos. Use diluted with fractionated coconut oil or as a spray with purified water.

uses for tea tree oil

17. Allergy Relief

Allergies giving you grief? Massage a couple drops of tea tree oil onto your chest, abdomen, or the soles of your feet for natural relief. Tea tree is one of the best essential oils for relieving congestion!

18. Natural Mouthwash

Make a natural mouthwash that can help keep your mouth clean and healthy. Add 1 drop of peppermint oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil to 1 ounce of purified water, then swish and spit.

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19. Lice Killer

Add several drops of tea tree oil to purified water, then pour the solution over your hair and scalp and massage it in to help kill lice. Soak combs and brushes in the same solution to help kill lingering lice.

20. Wart Remover

Apply tea tree oil directly to the wart as needed, diluting first with a carrier oil if you have sensitive skin.

Do you have any favorite uses for tea tree oil?

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  • Jillee, I just love you and your kind heart towards all of us, the readers. I sincerely hope that you and all of my “Jillee family” understand that the comments I made below about pets and oils were out of concern and love. I love oils and I LOVE animals. I really meant no harm, judgment, or to be unkind. And I would never want to over-step the boundaries or “step on your toes”, as this IS your site. Sorry if I need to be and hope the words were taken well. God bless all of you! :>)

  • You mention using it to remove permanent marker from skin but its just easier to use alcohol
    or if someone has antibacterial hand gel with them that works fast!

    Also save those old shower puffs. If you are at the beach or fishing or something… they might be handy to turn into a net (which I really needed last Friday.. someone was playing a game near the water where we fish and somehow managed to get this stress reliving ball to bounce and in to the water. Sadly they have large boulders etc so you can’t reach in to retrieve anything.
    Currently planning on reinforcing some with scrap fishing line I found (as I wanted to make a net anyway this is just a little easier faster way to do it as I don’t have an actual loom to make one)

  • Actually it kills nail fungus, I read it and used a cotton bud on my toenails everyday, saved heaps of money on those nail treatments and it cleared up in a couple of months.

    • Actually, if you have a nail fungus, apply cider vinegar whenever you feel like it for about a week and the fungus will be dead. The nail repair takes time to grow out and so forth, but the actual fungus is gone. After the Derachio storm that went through the Midwest in August 2020, I discovered a fungus on my thumb. I put AC vinegar on it and at night soaked it in a vinegar/water mix for about 15-30 minutes. The fungus was gone rapidly and now, in early January 2021, my nail is almost completely grown out to a new nail! And, I didn’t have to worry about the OTC nail creams full of really nasty stuff that was dangerous to touch my face AND to touch my cats! For protection from lots of crud that we get on our hands, I frequently rinse my hands in vinegar water and apply to my nails and nailbeds with a Q-tip.


  • I’m going to have to try diluting it with the fractionated coconut oil. I have these ugly almost herpes type rash spots on my leg that I can’t get rid of. I’ve had it for at least 3 years. I’m not sure if it’s gluten allergy related.

  • We use a dropper or two in an epsom salt bath for human or dog. It is diluted in a bath tub so no harm to the dog. Also no wet dog smell don’t use soap, just pour the water over the dog, protecting eyes. Tea tree is pretty strong for mouth care, depends on the taste buds.

    • Michelle, Be REALLY careful and do LOTS of research before using ANY oils around pets! And never, ever “try it and see” when it comes to this. I just recently got into EO’s and I was really lovin’ it, and THEN I discovered that they are extremely toxic to cats (I have 2!), and some are for dogs, as well. I was shocked! One of the very seriously dangerous oils for your pets is TEA TREE oil. Also toxic for dogs were Pennyroyal and Pine oil. For cats: Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Eucalyptus, oil of sweet birch, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Pine, Tea Tree, WIntergreen, and Ylang Ylang. Oils are the #1 cause of tremors in cats. The ASPCA states, “You shouldn’t treat your pet orally or topically with ANY concentration of oils unless advised to do so by a vet.” And, even though it may be deemed safe for one animal, it may be different for another. I thought my cats were ok because I diffuse my oils and wouldn’t use on them at all. Not so…I have to be extremely careful even diffusing. I just ran across this info last night and then started digging deeper. Just wanted to share in response to your comment. Please understand that I am just wanting to help, and in NO way come off as rude. I hope many people read this and perhaps learn something from it. God bless all of you! :>)

  • My husband got athlete’s foot and we used tea tree oil which did nothing for it. What works for one person doesn’t always work for another. I too am a BIG essential oil person. However, we use tea tree oil every day for brushing our teeth. We put 1 drop of tea tree oil, 1 drop of lemon (we use other tasty oils as well to mix it up) and a dollop of toothpaste. My husband has/had periodontal disease and with this strategy he has gone from measurements (at the dentist) of 7 to 8 to now 2 to 3. We tried this regiment to see if it would work so he wouldn’t have to have the slice and dice of his gums. Highly recommend trying this if you have periodontal disease.

    Jillee, love your posts!!!

    • Sue, I am so happy that you love our website and posts! We are here to make people’s lives easier with solutions to everyday homekeeping, beauty routines, recipes, natural products and more. I also want to thank you for sharing this valuable information!

  • My nephew was walking through tall weeds and his legs were covered with chiggers. The itch was driving him nuts. We got out the tea tree oil and rubbed it on both legs. The itch was gone (after stinging a bit). He and his wife stopped and bought some on their way home.

  • I have long since stopped using regular household cleaners because of the chemicals. Instead I put a mix of water, small amount of Dawn dish soap and a few drops of Tea Tree Oil into a spray bottle and use it to clean almost everything in my house. The Tea Tree Oil in the mix not only helps to clean, but also disinfects. That way I do not have to have a different cleaner for every room in the house – a real money saver! I did not give amounts in the mix because it really doesn’t matter. Just do not over-do the dish soap or you may have trouble with suds – I use about 1 Tbsp per cup water and about 8-10 drops of oil. You can adjust amounts according to personal preference.

      • How much lemongrass and peppermint EO do you add to the water? Are you using the tea tree oil, also? I need something to get me in the mood to clean! I love being outside in the summer, working in my flowerbeds.

  • Hey feel free to keep the oil posts coming. They are my favorite, personally, and I love how you do one at a time instead of jumbling them all together and having to sort through the ones I have.

    • Thanks Suzy! Yes, it is a lot to take in. There are so many uses for essential oils and learning how and when to use them can be a bit confusing.

  • I use tea tree oil with my essential oil necklace to ward of crawly things when I use the subway to go into the city.
    I was gifted this necklace and love it. The necklace opens and there’s a removable and color changing pad inside. I put a drop of the tee tra oil on the felt pad and away I go.

    • Tea tree oil is also great for canker sores and fever blisters. I use it religously every time I get a canker sore, which is very often, and for drying out and healing a fever blister. It works wonders. Also it helps alot with chapped lips. I dabbed some on my lips along with my carmex and they healed good. Im not too sure about making the breath smell good though. It stinks to me.

  • Another great use for tea tree oil is warts & skin tags. I add about two drops of tea tree oil to the bandaid and wear it for the day. At the end of the day, I remove it, wash it and then let it air over night. In the morning, I put on a fresh tea tree oil treated bandaid. Took me a little over two weeks, but they’re all gone now.

  • I just found out about tea tree oil. I’ve been using it for itchy spots on my skin and scalp. I’ll definitely be trying some of these tips. Thank you!

  • Have been using tea tree oil on my hair to promote growth along with coconut oil had bald spots in top of my head been using it now for about 6 months hair have grown back in them spots, looking now to thicken that part since it still kind of thin on top. Will try these recipes too to see how they works, love trying natural ingredients

  • I have used Tea Tree Oil for years and have used most of your tips. There is a bottle of it in every room in my home. When my dog was a puppy and went to chew the rugs or furniture legs I just dabbed them with pure Tea Tree Oil and she would not go near them. She soon learned not to chew anything but her toys.

    • You can do that yourself. At the bottom of each email that you receive, there is this “Want to change how you receive these emails?
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      Click it and follow the directions.

  • We brush with tea tree oil everyday. My husband has, or should I say “had”, periodontal disease and his hygenist thought they were just going to maintain it. She is surprised and happy that it is reversing.

    We also diffuse essential oils but keep a door open so our pets (cats and dog) can leave the room if they do not like it. However, I do use digestzen, dilluted of course, on our little chi as she gets an upset stomach along with either the poops or constapation. She absolutely loves it and within a day is better. The cats don’t have the enzymes for essential oils so we don’t use any on them. When in doubt, I check with an essential oil vet.

  • Mouthwash. Love it.

    1 Cup distilled water
    1 tsp baking soda
    4 drops tea tree oil
    4 drops peppermint oil

    Store in glass bottle or jar away from light. Shake before each use. Use as you would any mouthwash. Very refreshing.

    I’m allergic to something in store bought toothpastes & mouthwashes, so my dentist told me to use baking soda. I worried about fresh breath. After I found this recipe I don’t worry about it any more. My mouth feels clean & fresh. The best part is I know it’s all natural.

  • I am curing My husbands very aggressive toe nail fungus, with tea tree oil. Our Doctor was amazed and very happy to know this. Over the counter products may take years, and prescription drug is hard on the Kidney’s, so I gave Tea Tree Oil a try. Fabulous.

      • I also am using tea tree oil for toe nail fungus. After my shower I use it straight from the bottle and put two to three drops on top of my toe nail. It gets into the entire cuticle bed as well as under the front edge of my toe nail. It’s imporant to do this daily. It works great!

    • My husband has battled toenail fungus for years. Since soaking his feet every night in hot water with a high concentration of vinegar, it’s almost gone and just in a couple of weeks.

  • Just be careful using tea tree oil around pets. It can be extremely toxic to them, especially felines and our feathered friends. Their systems absorb it very quickly and small amounts can be lethal. Please keep this in mind for cleaning and using on your own skin. If they walk across something that has been cleaned or tend to lick coconut oil (or any carrier) it gets in their system and can cause toxicity. Just a heads up because I’d hate to see someone use it and accidentally poison their pet.

    • You beat me to the punch TurtleFur. I always caution humans to take caution when using any essential around pets, especially our feline and avian friends. Anything that is diffused, sprayed or applied topically can be a danger to them. Just because it is natural and safe for us in appropriate concentrations, does not mean it is safe for them. When in doubt, check with your veterinary professionals.

  • I keep a roller bottle with 5-10 drops of melaleuca and fractionalized coconut oil in my purse. It’s handy for all sorts of boo-boos and the grandchildren generally run to me for doctoring up their many scraps. Glad to know some other ways to use it. It’s a staple in my essential oil box!

  • Thanks for the tips, very useful. Here is another tip.
    If you happen to park your car beneath a pine tree you will most likely have tree sap drippings on your car. I tried several products to remove the sap and found that tea tree oil on a soft cloth was the only thing that removed the sap without damaging the surface. Hope this comes in handy for you all. Peace.

  • Great ideas. Tea tree oil has a smell I’m not crazy about. Wish I’d known about the bug bite one sooner. I got bit by something this past weekend that left a big red, itchy spot .

  • I just love your posts that you do, I read them every day,love the goats milk and bentonite clay soap your face will be so soft, you got me into essential oils and have learned so much thank you cathy

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