Great! Because I am about to tell you twenty ways you can use the tea bag. I believe if you can recycle something, you’re doing yourself a favor. So you could have literally knocked my skin-colored toe socks off when I read a longish list of fifty plus uses for tea bags. I don’t want to flood you, so I am only presenting twenty ways. If you’re hungry for more, just ask!
Now, hang on to your seat belts and let’s go!
Teabags chip in as cleaning material and make a great addition to your first aid kit, as you’re about to see:
- To clean musty or dirty carpets, sprinkle dry used green tea leaves on the carpet. Leave on for ten minutes and vacuum it.
- Polish wood furniture by dipping a soft cloth in a little black tea and wipe the tables, chairs and other wooden furniture.
- Tea bags are great for cleaning mirrors as they easily get rid of finger marks and other blemishes and make it shine
- Stains in the toilet? A tea bag can remove stains in the bottom of your potty. Leave the tea bag in for a few hours, brush and flush.
- If your hands are smelly after handling fish or other foods with strong smells, rinse your hands with tea
- Stinky fridge? Use a tea bag in the fridge, it absorbs odors.
- Got a cat? Tea has the reputation for repelling fleas so sprinkle some dry tea leaves around your pet’s bed. How you’re going to keep your pet from eating the tea leaves I don’t know. Dry tea leaves also help deodorize pet litter boxes.
- Make an air-freshener with lavender or other flavored herbal tea in a bag under your seat to prevent odors.
- Potpourri is another cool use for tea. Got old tea bags not good enough to brew? No problem. Create a nice potpourri and enjoy the mild fragrance along with scented sachets.
- Soothe sunburns with a wet tea bag. Effective for minor burns also. Sunburn all over the body? Soak your body in a tea bath.
- Use warm wet tea bags to get rid of puffiness around the eyes and relieve tired eyes. The sight of tea bags on your eyes is also great for a good laugh.
- Got a boil? Cover it with a wet tea bag and leave it on to help the boil drain out easily
- Apply tea bags on blisters and sores to remove the infection.
- Painful injection? Use a wet teabag on the injection site for relief.
- Brewed tea is a great hair conditioner- use the brewed black tea to rinse your hair. Leave it for a few minutes and rinse with water again. Tea is also a natural hair dye
- Acne? Wash face with green tea to reduce them.
- Of your feet are smelly, soak them in strong tea for about 15 minutes a day to reduce the foot odor.
- Burn tea leaves to repel mosquitoes.
- Add used tea leaves in potted plants – good as a fertilizer
- Great as a remedy for cold – with ginger
So there! You have twenty ways to use that used tea bag!
Do you know other ways? Please share in the comments!
Vidya Sury gets her tea as a Freelance Writer and Professional Blogger. She’s mom to a teenager who does not drink tea.