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Old 07-05-2015, 02:27 AM   #1
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Default Tea Tree Oil?

I'm looking for a good source of tea tree oil for using in cleaning and mold-proofing some parts of the boat. I have heard good things about this company Kanberra Gel - Home and wonder if anyone has an opinion of it or a good competing brand of tea tree oil products for boat use?

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Hmmm, that brings back some memories. A Dutch guy I knew in Kings Cross in the 1970's invented a new method of extracting the stuff, which is evidently quite tricky to do. No idea where you'd buy it though.

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Old 07-19-2015, 01:54 PM   #3
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I can't help you with sources for Tea Tree Oil, but....

Australian friends of ours, cruising guests on SV Watermelon up the Australian coast from Mooloolaba to Darwin, used Tea Tree Oil for lots of things, and I discovered that the smell of it made me quite ill.

For mold-proofing, have you tried good old-fashioned 20-Mule Team Borax? You can make a super-solution and paint it on your wood.

It is also used to get rid of cockroaches (old way, mix boric acid/Borax with sweetened condensed milk to make a paste that you can roll into little balls and put in your bilges.) Household use, mix with simple syrup (equal parts sugar & water), put around near ant nests - kills them, too).
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Tea tree oil works for mold-proofing? Never heard that before.
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