tea tree oil - good handwash?

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tea tree oil - good handwash?

Post: #268212 southeast-isher
Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:56 pm

i read online that tea tree oil is a good antibacterial, amongst other things - would it be a good germ killer if i used it as a handwash? (i eat with my hands a lot and put snus tobacco in my mouth with my hands which get dirty sometimes)

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Re: tea tree oil - good handwash?

Post: #268217 marshlander
Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:22 am

Well it smells of old lino so I would stick with hot soapy water!

On the other hand so as to speak there are some recipes for alcohol free and alcohol based hand sanitizers on this site http://www.noordinaryhomestead.com/maki ... sanitizer/
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Re: tea tree oil - good handwash?

Post: #268218 trinder
Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:44 am

It is highly recommended as a treatment for fungal toenail euuugh. :pukeright:
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Re: tea tree oil - good handwash?

Post: #268234 Crickleymal
Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:43 am

This seems to be a good link to some results http://allnurses.com/holistic-nursing/t ... 48217.html. Basically orally it's not good but externally it's fairly safe but some people develop rashes. I guess it could be like latex if you use it too much you could get a reaction to it.
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Re: tea tree oil - good handwash?

Post: #268235 southeast-isher
Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:55 am

thanks all of you

on that link marshlander it seems to say clove oil has antibacterial properties... might be less dangerous if bits get swallowed.

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Re: tea tree oil - good handwash?

Post: #268270 the.fee.fairy
Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:19 pm

I wouldn't personally, I've gargled with tea tree and it tastes horrible! The slightest bit tastes awful.

Maybe added to a plain wash, like Simple or a base would be ok if it was washed off again.

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Re: tea tree oil - good handwash?

Post: #268278 gregorach
Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:18 pm

It's very powerful stuff - you'd be more concerned with trying it wash it off your hands than washing your hands with it.

There's really no need for an antibacterial handwash in most circumstances. Plain old soap and water is perfectly adequate.
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