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Title: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Doe on January 27, 2012, 08:14:47 AM
I That's how I usually find out my gems...like tea tree oil to wash the floors with....makes doggies stop peeing on it.  I would have never found that out before lol

ok, a little detour off topic:  what's the ratio for this?  Water to tea tree oil?  I have a Scottie who likes to lift his leg on occasion.
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: pam1 on January 27, 2012, 08:36:24 AM
I don't have an exact measurement, I just pour probably about a tablespoon into the mop bucket.  I found a link that says a teaspoon to a gallon and they also had other uses for tea tree oil.  Love that stuff

http://plantsandoils.hubpages.com/hub/Tea-tree-oil---benefits--history-and-uses

Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Doe on January 27, 2012, 08:48:36 AM
yay- thanks!

I read one woman's solution was to spray her Chanel No 5 around.  Since she was alpha, the dog wouldn't dare try to cover it.  Too bad I'm not alpha with these dogs and I don't wear perfume!
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: pam1 on January 27, 2012, 08:59:37 AM
I'm not the alpha either :(  As much as I try, I don't pugs are receptive to pack leaders. 
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Pen on January 27, 2012, 09:03:44 AM
...and have  you priced Chanel lately?? Good grief!

Tea tree oil is the bomb. We use it on DD's scalp (she's got an occasional dandruff problem.) And dogs have stopped peeing on her head, as well. LOL!

Smells sort of earthy-medicinal, some people can't handle it.
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Beth 2011 on January 27, 2012, 02:25:32 PM
Doe,

I have used enzymes and have had success with it.

Also, borax mixed with water is suppose to remove any odors so that the animals can't smell them either.

       
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Doe on January 27, 2012, 02:35:53 PM
Hmm. I understand Borax, but enzymes?  Where do you buy enzymes?
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Beth 2011 on January 27, 2012, 02:41:58 PM
The enzymes can be purchased at a wholesale cleaning supply company.  I buy a gallon and it lasts me for 3-4 mos but I mop my whole house with it. The brand I have been using lately is called Surf-Cide.  There are many different brands and  Home Depot used to carry Enzymes, I haven't checked to see if they started carrying them again.   
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Doe on January 28, 2012, 08:11:12 AM
Oh, thanks - I'll look into this!
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Beth 2011 on January 28, 2012, 11:42:57 AM
You're welcome, glad I could help. 

Now ? How do I get marker off my shirt sleeve?  It is cotton/blend.  Any ideas?  I tried alcohol only smeared it.
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Pooh on January 29, 2012, 11:15:43 AM
Ok, with the tea tree oil, are we talking wood floors?  Tile?  Linoleum?  All the above?  Details ladies...details...LOL
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: pam1 on January 30, 2012, 07:24:31 AM
Yes, I think you can pretty much use it on everything.  But if you have pets you do have to be careful with the ratio of the oil to water, it can be potent if it is not diluted enough.   Try that link, Pooh, it should tell you more.  I think you can even add some to your laundry. Personally the smell of tea tree oil is great to me
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Pen on January 30, 2012, 10:27:59 PM
I like the smell of tea tree oil too, but DH can't stand it.

It's also great for athlete's foot, I just remembered.
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Pooh on January 31, 2012, 12:35:35 PM
So if I use it on my floors, and mop with it while I'm barefoot, I can kill two birds with one tree?
Title: Re: Household tips and tricks
Post by: Pen on January 31, 2012, 09:37:53 PM
Use your head as a mop and get rid of dandruff too!