As we move ourselves toward more sustainable cleaning and house chore practices, I often find myself holding on to the belief that there are will always be a few chores that will require a traditional standard chemical approach.
One of those chores is removing sticky residue. What better for a sticky job than goo gone, right?
Well in fact, that’s wrong. There is a rather competitive natural remedy that you may have sitting in your cabinet right now- Tea Tree Oil.
Tea tree oil is also called melaleuca oil. It is an essential oil taken from the leave of the “tea tree”. This oil is best known for its medicinal and cosmetic properties. But today, we aren’t exploring either of those.
So how does tea tree oil remove sticky residue?
- Apply the undiluted oil directly to the sticky spot. I was removing tape residue from an oar, so I applied a few drips directly on the spot where the tape had been removed.
- Massage around area with a clean rag. As you work over the surface, the tea tree oil will gently remove the residue.
- 3. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- Check for any missed spots. Since I was working with a large surface area, I had missed a few spots. Simply go back with the tea tree oil until all residue has been removed.
Since I was working with a well-sealed surface, I was not concerned about damaging the surface. If you have concerns, be sure to check the effects of this method in an inconspicuous location.
How do you use tea tree oil in your house?
Tea tree oil can have an overpowering odor to some, but the benefits of it are so great it’s hard not to take advantage of the oils many powers. We’ve used it on everything from bug bites to now, sticky residue remover.