Tea Bags – Coffee grounds are very useful in the house, have you considered tea? Better yet, used tea bags? You can save money by using leftover tea, and leftover tea bags to deodorize and clean your home. Surprised? Well don’t be, you can even dye your hair naturally with it.
Tea lovers, below are 9 awesome ways to reuse tea bags.
Nourish potted plants
Yes, you can nourish your potted plants with tea bags. Tea is an organic matter, it can improve the structure of your soil. It helps aerate plants roots and increases soil drainage. Furthermore, it helps with soil moisture and nutrients retention. Tea has a high nitrogen content (4.15%), therefore it is an excellent source of nutrients for your plants.
Soothe puffy eyes
I bet you’ve all heard the old wives tale about using tea bags on our eyes to reduce puffiness and dark circles. The catch actually is to make use of caffeinated tea, in particular, black tea. This is very effective because; The stretch of skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the body. When you overindulged in salty processed foods, or when you are overtired, the eyes puff, and blood vessels will be seen through the skin, causing a dark appearance.
A study reported in the Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science revealed that caffeine in tea tightens the skin around your eyes temporarily, by drawing out excess water.
This is the reason you find so many expensive eye serums make claim to being able to reduce puffiness – this is because of the caffeine in these products.
Tea also contain tannins which fight inflammation. It is also important to note the study stated that the cool compress of the bag itself, provides the biggest advantage by reducing blood flow to the area, reducing swelling.
Hence, after dunking your tea bag, allow it to cool. Or better still, allow it chill in the fridge for about 18 minutes. After which it’s your turn to chill. Lay back, close your eyes, place the tea bags on your puffy eyes, and stay that way for 20 minutes
Neutralize nasty odors in your home
Used tea bags can also be used to remove persistent odors in your home. A study was published in the Journal of Wood that when you add used tea leaves to composite papers, it has an exceptional deodorizing ability. It eliminates odors such as trimethylamine and ammonia gasses. In particular, it reported that paper samples which contains used oolong tea leaves and black tea significantly reduced the concentration of ammonia.
The outstanding deodorizing ability of the paper is due to the chemical reaction which takes place between the odor and catechins found in tea leaves. Furthermore, paper containing green tea leaves was shown to exhibit an increase antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus. Well, that’s pretty exciting!
So go ahead, mix dried used tea leaves into cat litter, or drop couple of dry used tea bags into your trash bins to nullify odors. You can even store pre-brewed tea bags in your refrigerator, this will help keep odors at bay.
Deodorize smelly hands and feet
You can use tea to deodorize your hands after handling garlic, onions or fish. Your hands will not only become clean and fresh but also exfoliated. Additionally, there is nothing stopping you from using it on your feet too! Furthermore, get peppermint tea bag, place it in your shoes to keep them fresh.
Tenderize tough meat
Yep! You can tenderize even the toughest cuts of meat with black tea. Place two tea bags in a pot of warm water (not boiling) and suffuse for about five minutes. Remove the tea bags, add about ½ cup of raw honey and allow it to dissolve. Set the tea aside, season your meat (three pounds) with garlic, pepper and onion and place in your oven. Preheat your oven (to 325 degrees Fahrenheit), then pour the liquid over the seasoned meat. Cook for about 90 minutes.
Clean and deodorize carpets
This sound conter-productive, but hear me out. Pre-brewed green tea can be used to clean and deodorize your carpets. Store used tea bags in a cup of water and place in the refrigerator to keep them from getting moldy, until there is enough to cover the length and breath of the carpet area. Dry the tea bags by emptying on a paper towel, allowing the tea to be slightly damp but not wet. Sprinkle the loose tea over the carpet, allow it to get totally dry by sitting for about ten minutes, them vacuum them up.
Cool your sunburned skin
Damp and cooled tea bags can be used to relieve sunburn sting. It can also be used for minor skin burns. But, if you have sunburn all over your body, place a couple of tea bags in cool water bath and soak your skin.
Shine your mirrors
Give your mirrors a sparkling clean-shine the next time you brew yourself a cup of tea. Take the used damp, cooled tea bag and rub mirror surfaces. Then clean with a dry cloth to polish the mirror for a sparkling shine.
Eliminate gray hairs
Forget the expensive chemically-laden hair dyes. You can turn your gray hair dark again with black tea. But this process might need repeats to achieve your desired color.
- Black tea (3 bags), steeped
- 1 tablespoon rosemary, fresh or dried (or sage)
- Spray bottle
- Plastic gloves
- Boil one cup of water.
- Add three tea bags to the water and allow it to steep.
- Add rosemary (or sage) and leave it to sit for 24 hours.
- Strain the brew and add the tea into a spray bottle for easier application.
- Wash your hair as usual.
- Put on a pair of plastic gloves to protect your hands and towel on your shoulder to protect clothing.
- Saturate your hair thoroughly with the tea solution. Blot your hair with a towel, but don’t rinse it out. Style your hair as per usual.
- The next time you shower, rinse hair with cool water.
That’s it folks! Nine ways to use tea and leftover tea bags. A little ingenuity can save you a lot of money!