by Donna Davis, Senior Director with Melaleuca
When I first joined Melaleuca and heard everyone raving about Sol-U-Mel, I
really didn't understand how powerful a product this is. Now, our household
could not be without this wonderful product.
Sol-U-Mel is a 3-in-1 cleaner. It cleans and dissolves impossible-to-clean
stains. You can also add Sol-U-Mel to other Melaleuca cleaners as an
extender or cleaning booster, and it is a wonderful deodorizer and
Full strength Sol-U-Mel is 10% Melaleuca Oil and has the highest
concentration of Melaleuca Oil of any of Melaleuca's cleaners. Full strength
Sol-U-Mel can remove even stubborn oil stains, crayon, chewing gum,
permanent magic marker, paint and ink. Dilute it with water for an
all-purpose, ready-to-use cleaner or deodorizer and freshener.
When you clean with Sol-U-Mel, the crisp fragrance of Melaleuca Oil
neutralizes lingering smells around the house. For deep odors like smoke,
mildew, or pets, just dilute Sol-U-Mel in water. Spray it into the air, onto
carpet or upholstery. Spray into closets and corners to eliminate any stale
smells. It's even great to get rid of mold and mildew.
There are so many uses for Sol-U-Mel and the following list has come from
many of our team members and other sources. I'm sure you have found some of
your own favorite uses you can add to the list.
AROUND THE HOUSE...
Gummy labels, chewing gum, tape, tar, tree sap, sticky residue etc. - use
Sol-U-Mel full strength as an effective solvent to remove any sticky stuff.
Mini-blinds - Mix 2 tablespoons of Tough & Tender and 1 capful of Sol-U-Mel
with 16 oz. of water to cut through the grimy dirt on blinds.
Wallpaper Removal - in a 16 oz spray bottle, mix 1 teaspoon Sol-U-Mel to
teaspoon Tough & Tender, fill with water. Spray area to help soften
wallpaper for easier removal.
Kitchen Odors - in a 16 oz spray bottle, add 1/3 cup Sol-U-Mel and fill with
water. Spray cutting boards, countertops etc. to eliminate onion, fish,
odors etc. This will also kill any germs as well.
Mold & Mildew - Mix 2 1/2 tablespoons of MelaMagic and 1 1/2 capfuls of
Sol-U-Mel with water in a 16 oz. spray bottle. Spray on surfaces like the
shower curtain and let sit for a few minutes. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Furnace Filter/Air Purification - The quality of the air you breathe in your
home may be robbing you of good health. Modern, energy efficient home, by
virtue of their air tight design, often trap chemical vapors in addition to
mold, fungus, yeast and bacteria from moist condensation in heating and
cooling ducts, soil from house plants, and under sink areas. There is a
literal zoo co-inhabiting our homes. Many respiratory, eye, ear, nose and
throat complaints appear in doctors' waiting rooms because of over exposure
to foul household air. Changes of season often shift populations of these
microbial species as growing conditions fluctuate. What can you do? Convert
your home to Melaleuca products, replacing toxic cleaning and personal care
products with safer Melaleuca products. The out gassing of toxic vapors from
these products significantly decreases air quality problems. Remove browning
leaves from house plants immediately and provide good drainage. Change
furnace and cooling air return filters monthly during extreme weather usage.
Spray all filters and vents often with diluted Sol-U-Mel. To do a Melaleuca
oil purge of your house every couple of months, attach an inverted open
bottle of T36-C5 on the furnace intake filter. The high air volume will
diffuse the entire contents of the bottle throughout your house over the
next 12 - 36 hours (depending upon temperature and relative humidity). This
treated air flows throughout all the rooms and stops the growth of bacteria,
molds, fungus and viruses.
Disinfectant Spray - In a 16 oz. spray bottle, mix 1/8 cup Sol-U-Mel, 1/8
cup MelaMagic to 1 3/4 cup water. Spray, wait, rinse and wipe clean. Great
for countertops and any surfaces around the house.
Floor - The above disinfectant spray mixture is also effective to spray or
wipe on the floor, or mix in a bucket and mop it up.
Plants - Add 1 tablespoon of Tough & Tender to 16 oz. of water, or use
diluted Sol-U-Mel. Spray on roses to kill aphids and other undesirables.
Sol-U-Mel will also clean moss or algae off your clay pots.
Carpet Cleaning - Mix 1/4 cup of PreSpot Plus, 1/2 cup MelaMagic and 1
tablespoon of Sol-U-Mel. Pour solution into the tray of the carpet cleaner.
Another recipe: Mix 1/2 cup Tough & Tender, 1/16 cup of MelaMagic, and 1/8
cup Sol-U-Mel in 1 gallon of water.
Carpet Vacuuming/Deodorization - Mix 1 1/2 capfuls of Sol-U-Mel with water
in a 16oz. spray bottle. Lightly spray carpet with diluted Sol-U-Mel, let
sit for 5 minutes and vacuum as usual.
IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM
Laundry Booster - Add one capful of Sol-U-Mel and add 2 - 4 caps of
MelaMagic to average wash load to deodorize and disinfect.
Oil Based Stains - Use Sol-U-Mel full strength on fabrics. Great to lift
paint stains too!
Degreaser - Mix a solution of 2 tablespoons of MelaPower and 1 capful of
Sol-U-Mel with 2 gallons of warm water. Put clothing in this solution and
let soak for a few hours. If the grease spots are not dissolved, apply a
squirt of Antibacterial Liquid Soap. Rub in and let stand for a few minutes
before rinsing with warm water. You can also add MelaMagic directly to the
wash water in the machine.
Ink - Apply Sol-U-Mel full strength to spot. Rub then rinse. Wash as normal.
Diaper Pail - Combine 1 oz. of Sol-U-Mel, 1/2 oz of MelaPower, 1/2 oz
MelaBrite. Add sufficient water to cover soiled diapers to soak overnight,
then wash with MelaPower and 1 oz. Sol-U-Mel in washing machine (PreSpot
stained areas). They will come out whiter, brighter and exceptionally fresh
smelling with this method. *For those parents who use disposable diapers,
spray diluted Sol-U-Mel mixture in garbage pail to deodorize and disinfect.
Toys - Washables (stuffed animals, dolls, blankets etc.) in machine with 1/8
cup of MelaPower and 1 capful of Sol-U-Mel. For all plastic toys etc., wash
in a sinkful of hot water mixed with 1 capful of Tough & Tender and
Sol-U-Mel to clean and disinfect.
PERSONAL CARE .
Bathing - 1 capful of Sol-U-Mel in bath water as initial therapy for dry
skin, rashes, dermatitis, diaper rash etc. Helps soothe and soften the skin.
Hot Tubs - No Melaleuca products, including T36-C5, Renew Bath Oil or
Sol-U-Mel should be used in an operating tub or permanent Jacuzzi tub.
Melaleuca alternifolia oil is not compatible with the filtration system in
these sophisticated environments. You can use Sol-U-Mel, Tub & Tile etc. in
cleaning the walls of a dry tub, but not when the system is filled.
Vaporizer/Humidifier - Add 1 tablespoon of Sol-U-Mel to water in a vaporizer
(or use a bowl of boiling water). Make a tent by draping a large towel over
the head and breathe directly over the vapors for 10 minutes, twice daily.
Sleep in a room with a vaporizer running all night. This also helps to clean
and purify the air. A cold mist humidifier can also be used. This remedy is
also effective for bronchitis and asthma.
Insect Relief - Mixture of a few drops of T36-C5 and 1 capful of Sol-U-Mel
diluted with water in a trigger sprayer. Spray onto clothes, skin and
outdoor areas as a safe and effective repellent. Another recipe: 1 teaspoon
of Tough & Tender with a capful of Sol-U-Mel and 1 capful of Renew Spa &
Bath Oil diluted with water in a trigger sprayer.
HEALTHY PETS .
Fleas - For general protection, wash all bedding in washing machine with 2
capfuls of Sol-U-Mel and 1/8 cup MelaPower. Add 2 oz. of Sol-U-Mel to 16 oz.
of water in trigger sprayer and apply to areas where dog or cat rests to
repel fleas and deodorize. Add a capful of Sol-U-Mel to bath water as well.
Fly Repellent (Livestock) - Mix 2 oz. of Sol-U-Mel with 16 oz. of water.
Spray directly on the animal. As mentioned above, works effectively on fleas
Hamsters, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs - To control odor in or around a small
animal's cage or to prevent communicable diseases, dab T36-C5 or spray a
1:20 diluted solution of Sol-U-Mel to the area 2 or 3 times each week.
Parakeets, Canaries or Tropical Birds - To prevent diseases among birds, use
a 1:100 dilution of Sol-U-Mel sprayed once per week to the absorbent fodder
material on the bottom of the cage. Spray each time the fodder is changed.
WARNING! Some exotic birds are sensitive to the aromatic oils in T36-C5.
Rabbits - To clean their cage, mix 2 oz. of Sol-U-Mel with 16 oz. of water.
Spray on cage and on the bottom tray to clean and deodorize. Scrub clean
with brush. Rinse with water.