Everyone is familiar with the health benefits of tea: it fights cancer, reduces risk of stroke and other diseases, and revitalizes body cells. Yet, after you’ve drained your delicious cup of tea, you find yourself discarding the used tea bag. Well, don’t. You’ll be surprised at the number of ways you can reuse this untapped treasure. Here are a ten unique and surprising uses for those old tea bags.
Soothe Tired or Injured Eyes
Crying all night, whatever the reason can result in puffy and red eyes. While regular ice bags would work, a couple of tea bags can do the trick. Soak them in ice cold water then apply over your eyelids, as compresses. The tea will rejuvenate your face, removing the redness and puffiness after a while. This method also works for healing pink eye.
Flavor Your Meat
Meat tastes great when cooked the right way, but when not prepared properly, it can turn out bland, tough and unappetizing. Here’s one way of solving that problem: use tea bags [or even leftover tea] to marinade your meat. Yep, tea will add a savory taste to your barbecue!
Make “Less Sinful” Drinks
If you’re a health junkie, you’re definitely very much aware of the unpleasant effects of soft drink and alcoholic beverages on your body. To lessen the guilt of consuming these unhealthy drinks, you can substitute half of it with tea. Soak the used tea bag in hot or cold water again for a few minutes, then get the same amount of soft drink or alcoholic beverage and mix them together. There’s less calories and sugar, but the flavor will be improved.
Tea can effectively remove grease and grime on mirrors, floors and even linoleum, so why not use your old bags to make a cold brew, then use it as a cleaning solution? Mop your linoleum or wooden flooring with these. Clean your kitchen countertops with it as well. You can use this for unpainted wooden furniture. Just make sure you wipe it thoroughly, so it won’t stain.
Warts are icky and unsightly. There are numerous around the house items you can use to remove them. Old tea bags are one example. Soak them in hot water, then put over your wart for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Make sure you dispose of the tea bag after using it on the wart. It may not work as quickly as vinegar, but it does work!
Fertilize Your Plants
Here’s a great way to reuse all the old tea bags you have around the house: use them for your plants. Tea bags can be used as an organic fertilizer for potted house plants, with many stimulant benefits from the nutrients in the ingredients. You can even remove the bags and mix the tea leaves inside with your soil, helping absorb water and retaining moisture. If your problem is leaking bottom holes in the plant containers, you can use teabags to prevent the leakage. This also works well for hanging planters.
Show Your Artistic Side
Why do we throw away old tea bags immediately, in the first place? Because they stain! Leave it on a surface for too long, and expect a nasty unpleasant surprise. Well, why not use this to your advantage? Use old tea bags as an alternative to commercial dyes. You can paint on paper with it, or use it to dye fabric and embroidery.
Give Oral Relief
Got a painful canker sore? It can go away on its own, but if you want to quicken the healing process, soak a used tea bag, then bite down on it. The tea's healing properties will soothe the pain and make the sore go away faster. This method also helps stop a pulled tooth from bleeding.
Sunburn And Acne Solution
Old tea bags can also be added to your bath, too! If you've got a bad case of acne, or if your skin is raw and red from tanning at the beach, use the old tea bags to provide relief. Wash off the affected areas with cold tea made from used bags. After several applications, you'll feel the cooling and calming effects.
Deodorize Your PlaceTea bags soak in water, but they can also soak in the stuffy and stinky smell of shoes or closets. Place a few unwrapped and unused tea bags on a small platter, then put this inside the closet. For shoes, place one bag in every shoe.
Used tea bags may belong in the trash, but if you don’t want them to go to waste, then these effective methods might be your cup of tea! Soon, you’ll be saving them all!
THE DOMESTIC CURATOR