I get both at the drugstore down the street. Usually I add 3 drops of TTO to my 2 tbsp of liquid detergent and pour it all in and let the washer fill halfway before I add the dipes. Works great and gives everything a fresh smell that isn't overpowering after it dries.<br><br>
I haven't tried Lavender EO in the wash only because TTO has the antibacterial properties I want, and Lavender doesn't, but I bet it would smell heavenly. I use to put a few drops of the lavender EO on a wipe and toss it in the dryer, the few times I haven't line dried everything-nice!
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For those of you who have lavendar and tea tree oils on hand, you might want to make up a batch of this to put on bug bites.<br><br>
1 teaspoon tea tree<br>
1 teaspoon lavendar<br>
1 ounce rubbing alcohol<br><br>
Daniel got into an ant bed last Saturday on a picnic, and dabbing this mixture on took away the redness and itching. The bites (all 15 on one foot and one on the other) made little welts, but he hasn't been scratching them.
Lavender oil *does* have the same antimicrobial properties of Tea Tre oil - the two can be used almost interchangeably! This is a good thing, because most people have a love-or-hate reaction to the smell of tea tree....so if the smell bugs you, switch to lavender.