Don’t Throw Away Used Teabags
If you’re a tea lover, you may begin each morning with a cup of your favorite. Green tea is health giving, and it’s particularly tasty flavored with mint. Chai is an warm comforting taste in the afternoon (did you know that “chai” is actually the Indian term for tea?). If you have an upset tummy, ginger tea with honey is the perfect tonic. If you need a pick-me-up, black tea is just the thing. And chamomile tea supports restorative sleep.
Of course, drinking tea throughout the day and evening results in lots of used tea bags. You could throw them away, but that seems like a waste, doesn’t it? Fortunately, there are some ingenious ways to reuse these bags. Tea leaves are good for a variety of applications.
Here are 11 great ways to reuse teabags:
1. Relieve Sunburn – Black tea has an acid that soothes the pain of sunburns. Just press the cooled tea bag to the skin and get instant relief.
2. Rejuvenate Tired-Looking Eyes – Are your eyes tired after a night of insomnia? Rub a black tea bag on the bags under your eyes. The tannins in the tea shrink those pouches and can restore your skin!
3. Ease Minor Burns – If you burn yourself in the kitchen – perhaps making tea – you won’t have to look far for a remedy. The tannins in teabags soothe the burn by reducing inflammation. Just press a cool teabag on the burned area. Relief will be immediate.
4. Hair Rinse – Pouring tea over your hair rejuvenates your locks. It combats dandruff and enhances shine. During your next shower, scrub your scalp using your favorite tea; just make sure it has steeped for at least an hour.
5. Warts – The antioxidants in green tea prevent the growth of warts. Just put a cooled tea bag on the wart and fasten it with a bandage or medical tape. Change out teabags ever fifteen minutes. The wart will fall off within a few days.
6. Freshen Shoes – You don’t have to put up with smelly sneakers. Put a dry tea back in the shoe, and it will absorb unwanted odor.
7. Grow Gorgeous Roses – The tannins in tea can lower the pH levels of soil, which keeps fungus away from the base of the plant. Just place tea leaves or bags around the soil, and see beautiful blooms.
8. Clean Dishes – Stuck on food on your dishes? Just soak them overnight with two teabags. In the morning, they will be easy to clean.
9. Remove Water Stains from Mirrors – Bathroom mirrors are also getting splashed with toothpaste, soap bubbles, and all kinds of liquid cosmetics. Brew a few tea bags and soak your cleaning rag in the tea. You’ll have a flawlessly clean mirror in no time.
10. Remove Odors from Hands – If you’ve chopping onions or garlic, the result can be an unpleasant scent on your hands. Instead of soap, washing your hands with teabags.
11. Sore Gums – Whatever the cause of gum pain, tea bags can provide relief. Simply insert teabags into your mouth as you would gauze pads. If necessary, the bags help in formation of a blood clot, reducing bleeding and swelling.
Now aren’t these a great alternative to tossing used bags? You’re welcome!