21 uses for your used tea bags
With a little imagination, you can reuse and recycle a lot of things that at first glance may be insignificant.
Most tea lovers daily waste something that can be really useful and that has multiple uses. Used tea bags seem to be something that no longer has any use, but the truth is that it has many really surprising uses, which despite being used are still an organic product and its properties persist.
1- FOR THE CARE OF YOUR GARDEN OR PLANTS
The contents of used tea bags are a great small-scale fertilizer for plants. The contents are added to the soil and mixed a little, delivering a wide variety of nutrients.
If the bag does not have a metal staple, it can be buried directly and covered with soil. Rain City Tea Co. bags are 100% compostable
- Prevents fungus formation
- Fertilize the soil
- Serves as a nutrient for the compost
- Keeps away insects and even rodents
2- ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: SWOLLEN EYES
Teas in general have a great variety of beneficial properties and not only for our immune system but also for our skin. The English Breakfast, the Chamomile & Citrus tea or the Queen of green have anti-inflammatory properties that can help us to reduce the bags that form under the eyes and eyelids.
If they are used, they are applied cold and wet, as cold helps to deflate, so having used tea bags in the refrigerator always helps.
You can also use the new bags for tired or sore eyes, in the case of Chamomile & Citrus tea bags it helps to revitalize your eyes. Soak two tea bags in hot water and apply them to your closed eyes for up to 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea will help reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.
3- TO ABSORB ODORS
The used and dry tea bags can be used in small or enclosed spaces where unwanted odours can be generated, these are responsible for absorbing these odours. You can hang 3 to 4 bags behind the door, inside the refrigerator, in the car, in drawers or you can also add a few drops of essential oil or aromatherapy to use it as a natural diffuser and put it in the car or bathroom, taking advantage of the thread to hang it.
In the cat box
For many years tea has been used as a dye. Used and wet tea bags give the white fabric a very unique and beautiful sepia tone, it can also be used for gray shades. It can be applied in handicrafts and even in wood.
5- DEGREASING AND DISHWASHING
To degrease the crockery or pots, you can use the already used tea bags. Put several together and put them in hot water to soak with the dishes, after a few minutes, you will see how easy it is to clean them. You can also apply them directly, rubbing them to remove the stuck and difficult to remove fat. It also serves to unclog drains.
6- BAD SMELL IN THE HANDS
After chopping garlic or onion, you can rub your hands with used wet tea bags and they will absorb the bad smell.
The new wet English Breakfast bags can be applied cold to the areas where the sun has burned the skin, acting as a deflator and providing a sense of relief.
8- GREEN TEA BAGS FOR WRINKLES AND ACNE
Apply the bag of Main St. Chai in your face in the cold, new or used and the skin will absorb the properties in a direct way, all the antioxidants that it contains that help us to prevent premature ageing, acne, dryness etc.
9- FOR SWEATING FEET
We all sweat our feet and if we use the same shoes a lot they will start to smell bad, the solution is in used and dry tea bags that are perfect for absorbing odours, especially the shoes with which one plays sports.
Also by soaking new or used tea bags you can wash your feet or let them rest to relax and decrease bad odours.
10- FOR CUTS AFTER SHAVING
The used bags soaked in cold water are applied directly to the wound when shaving and with the antioxidants will reduce skin damage.
11- ADD SHINE TO YOUR HAIR AND ELIMINATE DANDRUFF
Dandruff is a problem that almost everyone faces at some point. One solution that replaces spending money on expensive products is to use the tea bags, rinse your hair with tea made from your used tea bags. Brew your favourite used Rain City Tea Co. for an hour before rinsing. A daily scalp massage with tea not only removes dandruff but also adds shine to your hair.
12- REMOVE WARTS
Warts are typically caused by the human papillomavirus. They can cause the skin to dry out or itch.
The antioxidants in Queen of Green Tea are excellent for removing warts from the skin. You can drink 2 to 3 cups a day to help reduce the action of HPV on the skin or you can apply tea bags directly. Brew the tea, let the bag cool, apply directly to the wart, and let it sit there for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this three times a day. Warts will eventually dry out and fall off. For a greater effect, combine drinking tea and applying the tea bag directly to the wart.
13- RELIEVE GUM PAIN
Maybe you can look a little ridiculous with tea bags in your mouth, but it's all for the relief of gum pain. Let 2 to 3 used English Breakfast tea bags cool and place them inside your mouth in the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. This will ease the pain of your gums by repeating once a day. They can also be used to reduce mouth inflammation and treat mouth ulcers.
14- SCARES OFF SPIDERS AND MICE
By using Perfect Mint tea bags it is possible to scare away those unexpected visitors.
Prepare a Perfect Mint tea, enjoy it and then just leave the bag in the room where you have spider or mouse problems. The more you use the better!
15- MORE TENDER MEAT
The same tannins present in the tea that prevent oxidation also become a meat tenderizer. Just marinate the meat in a Misty Earl Grey (for best results, prepare a lot of Misty Earl Grey tea, soak the meat overnight) and you will have much more tender meat.
16- DEEP CLEANING OF A BAD SMELLING CARPET
If your vacuum cleaner is no longer cleaning a smelly carpet well enough, sprinkle the contents of dry, used tea bags over it (*beware that wet leaves can stain the carpet).
Let it stand for 15 to 20 minutes and then vacuum the residue. The smell will have disappeared, and if you use the Summer Fruit tea, it will be left with a fresh and delicious aroma.
17- ADD FLAVOR TO YOUR MEALS
Teabags can add complex flavours to all kinds of pasta and rice simply by adding them to the water while cooking. Try, for example, adding a Queen of Green to a plate of whole-grain pasta or spinach. Also, try Chamomile & Citrus tea with rice and Main St. Chai tea with oatmeal.
You can see that there are many things that can be done with used tea bags, even give another use to the new bags and take advantage of the properties and benefits that tea gives us in different ways.
18- ANTIOXIDANT BATH
Since tea leaves contain antioxidants, bathing in warm water filled with used tea bags is perfect for the skin. You can hang the used bags over the water spout or directly in the tub to create a nutritious tea bath. More fragrant teas will give you an aromatherapy style experience or used Chamomile & Citrus tea bags to relax your entire body while bathing.
19- GIVES THE WOOD A SHINE
Use tea made from tea bags used in a cloth to clean and polish wood floors or wooden furniture.
20- CLEAN YOUR LEATHER SHOES AND BOOTS
Use a used wet tea bag (made with hot water) and rub it into the leather in a circular motion. Then, rub with a soft muslin cloth to give the shoeshine.
*To reduce the smell of the leather shoes, you can sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of the contents of used teabags into the pair of smelly shoes during the night or several used tea bags. This helps to absorb the odour, extract the moisture and eliminate some of the bacteria that cause odours in damp environments.
You can see that there are many things that can be done with the already used tea bags, even give another use to the new bags and take advantage of the properties and benefits that tea gives us in different ways.
And what will you do with the used tea bags?