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Re: Tea Tree Oil--Any credible 3rd party testing as area biostat?

It does clean out my sinus's with boiling water quite well when I have the flu/sore throat etc. At least for a bit so I can get to sleep any how. Supposidly kept folks during the plague from getting it, or stopping it or something to that effect.

So with this in mind, if it does have some kind of killing, destroying effect on molds and mildows.......It woudl not surprise me.

I personally feel that we humans have tried to rely on too many newer "pills" if you will, that trying and using older remidies like this, will benifit us better in the future. Maybe we can get rid of things that are becoming "penicillon" resistant, or like some mosqitoes, ddt resistant.........

The 30+ year horticulturist in me wonders about things like this. Sometimes one has to try to see if it will work......There is a reason WD-40 is WD-40.....40th try at making a oilfree lubricant at Boeing back in the day. "Pam" came out of the same trials. Did not work on plane parts etc, but worked great from a cooking standpoint! WD-40 probably also leaves nothing to the imagination as to what it became too. That was also back in the day when that company would allow employee's to try something, if it worked but not for the initial test, they helped that person patent it, and even some smallish seed money to get the thing started.

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Re: Tea Tree Oil--Any credible 3rd party testing as area biostat?

I hope you prove it doesn't work, it would save me a couple hundred bucks per year.

I have three heads that had moldy head odor. If I washed the heads down, including floors, walls, etc, it would go away, so it was just wet humid non-ventilated mustiness. When I first tried it, I put it in one and not the others. Very noticeable difference, the head with the Kanberra smelled clean, the others continued to develop that mustiness. Not a population set large enough to satisfy the scientific method, but more than anecdotal.

I wrote to Kanberra to ask them to compare their product to others on the market and they gave me permission to post their reply in the thread I started on their product years ago. At the least, they were very responsive. They may indeed have what you are looking for.


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Re: Tea Tree Oil--Any credible 3rd party testing as area biostat?

Sometimes the science is less important than the results.

There are arguments over whether airplanes fly because of Bernoulli or Newton, but everyone agrees airplanes can fly.

Just sayin'.
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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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... 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.
Air circulation is critical to a fair smelling boat. The previous owner installed dorades and a solar fan on our boat and the air movement makes a big difference. At least I notice less mustiness on our boat than other similar boats without them.

Other key sources of odors: old musty cushions (replace), a dirty engine (wash it down with de-greaser, fix fuel/oil leaks), bilge water (dripless shaft seal) and head odors.

I have a wife with a sensitive nose so I've spent a lot of time chasing odors , and while it's anecdotal I've found Kanberra gel to make a big difference. That said I wouldn't mind knowing how it works and if there really is something to their blend or if cheaper varieties work as well.

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Used over a long enough time, it gets rid of toenail fungus

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