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post #14 of Old 04-11-2013
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Re: Tea Tree Oil--Any credible 3rd party testing as area biostat?

Good point on Bernoulli v Newton. That's true. Ironically, they are probably both true at the same time, but some argue for only one.

However, I'm not sure the OP is questioning whether any results are experienced by the users. What is reasonably in question is whether tea tree oil, as disbursed in the air of a room, is actually killing mold or whether its fragrance is just masking odor.

I know the stuff is working on my nose, but would love to know this answer as well.

I have seen Kanberra's moldy bagel demo. They put one in a container with Kanberra and another in an empty container. As expected, the empty container eventually became a moldy bagel and the one with Kanberra did not. That does seem like a reasonable experiment, but whether it translates proportionately to an entire room still interests me.

I hypothesize that it does translate, but only if you have sufficient air movement for the product to make it around, but not so much that you are just ventilating it out of the cabin. I also believe there is a limit and do not think it will cure a boat that has enormous colonies of actively growing mold and you drop an ounce of gel in the middle of the cabin. I also do not think it will work, if you continuously introduce more mold or bacteria odor, such as permeated waste hoses. These are not scientific conclusion, just reasonable hypothesis based upon observations. They could be tested.

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