For many of us tea bags are just one-time use item. We all know the procedure – a bag of tea is used for one cup and then straight to the trash bin. Apparently there are a lot more uses for the tea bags, than the usual one – brewing tea. You may not relish the idea of making new cup of tea from the same bag, but there are still plenty of other brilliant uses that can work wonderfully. If you are a concerned environmentalist, you will be most delighted to know about the other ways of using these damp tea leaves before throwing them into the garbage, which in fact contributes with fifteen hundred tons of waste to landfills each year.
Most of the tea bags come with a string attached to them which makes it a lot more easier to hang them in a snap. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil on dry used bags and you are ready with the air freshener for your home, office, or vehicle. You can reuse the bags as many times as you want, just once the oil wears off you can simply add a few drops more. Another great thing about tea leaves is that they are absorbing odours, thus having a double-working air freshener.
What’s more good than having to take care of your skin with only natural remedies? Tea leaves contain antioxidants which are great for removing the dirt from our skin. You can either hang them over the faucet and let the water run through them or put the bags directly into the water. Jasmine or Chamomile will provide you with a nourishing aromatherapy experience to relax your body after a stressful day.
Taking proper care of our skin when we are exposing it to the sun in the Summer is a must. But what can you do when you skip a few times to apply sunscreen and afterwards pay the price with a painful burn? Placing wet tea bags over the sore area of the skin will take out the sting. Also, they will ease the discomfort from stings and bites, and can draw out the toxins and reduce pain and swelling.
Little ones can benefit from these little helpers too! Wetting a tea bag and placing it over the recent inoculation shot will soothe the soreness. Tea leaves contain tannic acid which relieves the affected site from pain and limits the chances of infections to happen.
Who would imagine that with just a few tea bags you can have a juicy and tender meat? Simply add 4 tbsp of black tea in a cup of boiling water to your favourite marinate and cook the meat as per your convenience. The tannin is a natural meat tenderiser and will add a unique delicious flavour to the meal.
Another wonderful use of the tea bags is when it comes to cleaning the floor coverings. To prevent from spoiling, keep the bags in a bowl of water and store them in the refrigerator. The next time you want to clean and deodorise your carpets and rugs, simply cover the surface you want with the bags. For more serious stains though, more adequate care should be applied. Floor coverings can be an expensive investment, so do not hesitate to be precautious and stock your cleaning arsenal with proper detergents or leave your carpets and rugs in the hands of a trusted cleaning company.
Tea bags are natural fertiliser for your garden. All you need to do is to re-brew the bags and water your plants with the solution. This way you will protect your plants from fungal infections. Another alternative is to sprinkle the leaves around the base of your plants and they will fertilise the soil, or add them into the compost pile to enrich the nutrients.
Mice are not particularly fond of the smell of tea. Put used tea bags in the corners of your cupboards, pantries, and any area where these pests can enter your home. It will be even better if they are saturated with peppermint essential oil. The smell of peppermint will repel a variety of other pests like spiders and ants.
Remember that like with all natural foods, tea can go bad after a long period of time. So, when it doubt, use your nose to determine.