For many people, tea bags are a single-use item. A bag equals a cup of tea. Then the used bag goes to the trash, right?
Well … not at all. While you may not like the idea of using the same bag to make more than one cup of tea, there are still many other uses for those small packages of wet tea leaves.
Keep reading and discover eighteen great ways to reuse your old tea bags …
1. Prepare a stronger tea
If you want your tea to have a stronger flavor, store the used tea bags and add one to the next cup you prepare. While a used bag does not have the same punch as a new one, the twice-made leaves will still add a little more flavor to the second cup. This technique will work with any type of tea, but it is better with green or red varieties. White teas are usually too delicate to be used in this way.
2. Add flavor to pasta and grains
Once you have prepared your cup of tea, you can reuse the bag to spice up other foods. Hang the pre-made bags in a pot of water while boiling to flavor the water, remove the tea bags and add your pasta, rice or other grains. Do you need some delicious ideas to start? Try jasmine or chamomile tea with rice, green tea with pasta, chai or spice tea with cinnamon and oats.
3. feed your garden
Reproduce the used bags in a bucket of water and use the resulting weak tea to water your plants and protect them from fungal infections. Alternatively, open the used tea bags and sprinkle the damp leaves around the base of your plants to fertilize the soil and deter garden pests like mice. You can also add pre-made tea bags to your compost pile For an increase of nutrients. Just remember to remove the metal element if your tea bags are of the type that have them.
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4. Clean carpets and rugs
Use pre-made tea to clean and deodorize your floor coverings. Store used tea bags in the refrigerator in a cup of water to avoid spoiling until you have enough to cover the surface you want to clean. Then open the used tea bags and let all the leaves dry until they are still slightly damp, but no longer damp. Sprinkle the loose tea over the rugs and carpets and leave them until they are completely dry. Then vacuum them or sweep the dried tea leaves.
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5. Neutralize household odors
The tea used is also ideal to eliminate persistent odors from your home. Mix the dry used tea leaves in the cat litter. Store pre-made tea bags in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. Drop a few used tea bags in the bottom of trash bins to neutralize bad odors before they can escape to your kitchen. These are just some examples, but the possibilities are endless.
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6. DIY air freshener
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to dry tea bags used to create air fresheners for your home, office or vehicle. Since most tea bags come with a built-in string, hanging them is very easy. Once the oil disappears, simply add a few more drops to cool down. In addition, because the tea leaves absorb odors, these creative homemade air fresheners will work twice as long to make your living areas smell good!
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7. Deter domestic pests
Mice do not particularly like the smell of tea. Tuck used tea bags in cupboards, pantries and in any area where these pests can enter your home to think twice before entering. For more protection, try to saturate the bags with mint essential oil. This will not only further discourage pesky rodents, but will also repel a variety of other domestic pests such as spiders And ants, while at the same time you make your home smell of fresh mint!
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8. Degrease dirty dishes
Soak your dishes in warm water with a couple of tea bags used to break the fat without the application of aggressive chemicals. The tea will also help to loosen any jammed food and avoid endless cleaning.
9. Scrub hand deodorant
After handling foods such as garlic, onions and fish, use pre-prepared tea bags to scrub your hands and remove persistent aromas. For more tips to save time and effort in the kitchen, check out these 80 kitchen tricks that will blow up your world!
10. Soak your feet
Add tea bags used to heat the water and soak your feet to neutralize the odors of your feet, soften calluses and nourish your skin.
11. Antioxidant bath
Because tea leaves contain antioxidants, bathing in warm water soaked with pre-made tea bags is ideal for your skin. Hang the used bags over the faucet and let the water run through them while you fill your bathroom, or place the bags directly in the water to create a nutritious tea bath. As an added benefit, use aromatic tea such as jasmine for an aromatherapy experience or try the previously prepared chamomile tea to relax the whole body while bathing.
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12. Soothe irritated skin
Fresh and moist tea bags are a great way to naturally relieve skin irritations. Place them over sore and tired eyes to relieve discomfort. Massage on sunburn to cool the skin and reduce inflammation. Place against bruises to relieve discomfort and help speed healing. Gently rub over bites and stings to extract toxins and decrease pain and swelling.
13. Remove infections
Apply warm, moist tea bags to skin affected by conjunctivitis, canker sores, fever blisters, plantar warts or any other similar infection to eliminate infection, reduce pain and help speed up the healing process.
14. Eliminate bad breath
Use double elaboration tea to make a mouthwash completely natural and refreshing. Simply prepare some weak tea with the used tea bags. (While this will work with many types of tea, mint and green tea tend to work better).
15. Condition the hair
Prepare a little weak tea with your used bags and use after your shampoo to condition and nourish your hair and scalp.
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16. Renew wood surfaces
Use weak tea made from pre-made bags to clean and polish wooden floors and polish wooden furniture.
17. Homemade glass cleaner
Re-prepare used tea bags and spray tea on windows, mirrors and other glass surfaces to loosen dirt, grime, fingerprints and other debris. Be sure to clean with a clean, lint-free cloth to minimize streaking and dust particles.
18. Dye paper and cloth
Soak the used tea bags and use the weak tea water to turn the dull white paper into an old parchment in sepia tones. Or use weak tea made from pre-made bags to dye a white cloth in shades of warm brown, orange or pale green.
A final note
With all these excellent ideas for reusing your old tea bags, you may want to save some until you are ready to use them. Wet tea bags can be kept at room temperature for a maximum of one day. Otherwise, you will want to refrigerate them to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. Just remember that all natural foods, including tea, will spoil after a sufficiently long period of time, even when they stay cold. If in doubt, use your nose. If your old tea bags have a funky smell when you take them out of the refrigerator, it's probably best to throw them away and use a new bag just to be sure.
Reference: https://www.naturallivingideas.com/used-tea-bags/, by Janice Taylor
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