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01 Nov 2019 - Essential Oils of the Pacific: Australian Tea Tree

CNN have recently released a video titled 'Essential Oils of the Pacific: Australian Tea Tree'. Please share this as widely as possible and help get the message out there. More »»


18 Aug 2019 - Future Drought Fund

The Australian Government has committed $3.9 billion to the Future Drought Fund; public consultation. To help design the Drought Resilience Funding Plan, register for the upcoming consultation. More »»


07 Aug 2019 - PHA director positions

Every two years, four of the eight non-executive director positions on the Plant Health Australia (PHA Board) are up for re-election. PHA commenced the advertising for upcoming PHA director positions and they have asked ATTIA, as PHA Members, to promote the advertisement. More »»


03 Jul 2019 - Biosecurity Fact Sheets from Plant Health Australia

Plant Health Australia (PHA) continue to develop a Biosecurity Plan for the Australian tea tree industry, the Plan will be released in late 2019. PHA have also generated some fact-sheets for the 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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