Tea bags have become popular as it is a quick way to grab a refreshing cup of tea. But what after you have used the tea bag? Is it a good idea to drop it in the bin or can it be reused for some amazing benefits?
Read below to know what you can do with your old tea bags.
Add a stronger taste to your Tea
Old tea bag is a great way to add a strong taste to your tea. They are definitely not as fresh as the new one but they can lend a bit more flavor to another cup of tea. This technique works best for green and red varieties.
Add Flavor to Foods
You can boil the pre-brewed bags into a pot of water and then remove it. Now add pasta, rice, or other grains to add flavor. You can try this procedure with jasmine or chamomile tea with rice or green tea with pasta.
Feed Your Garden
You can sprinkle the damped leaves from used tea bags around the base of plants. This will add to the fertility of soil and protect plants from garden pests. Adding previously-brewed tea bags can also add nutrients to compost pile.
Clean Carpets and Rugs
Pre-brewed tea can be used to clean and deodorize floor coverings. Take used tea bags and keep it in a cup of water and store it in the refrigerator. After you have collected enough to cover the surface you want to clean open the used tea bags and allow the leaves to dry till they turn slightly damp, but not wet. Now sprinkle the loose tea over rugs and carpets and let it dry completely. After that you can sweep the dried tea leaves away.
DIY Air Freshener
Mix few drops of your favorite essential oil with dry used tea bags. Now you can use it as an air freshener for your home, office, or vehicle. You can add more oil after sometime to refresh your DIY air freshener. Tea leaves can absorb odors so this is a natural and chemical free homemade air freshener for keeping off any pungent smell from your home.
The mice are a big trouble creator for all homes. But you can keep them away from your home with used tea bags as mice don’t like the typical smell of tea. All you have to do is to tuck the used tea bags into cupboards, pantries, or in any area where the pests can enter your home. You can saturate the tea bags with peppermint essential oil which can repel pests like spiders and ants as well.
Save yourself from endless scrubbing of Dirty Dishes
You can soak your dishes in warm water along with few used tea bags. This will help to break up grease naturally and will save you from tiring scrubbing of the dishes.
DIY Hand Scrub
Pre-brewed tea can be help you to get rid of smell in your hands which comes after using foods like garlic, onions, and fish. You can use pre-brewed tea bags to scrub your hands after using foods with lingering scents.
Tea leaves contain antioxidants which are great for your skin. You can bathe in warm water steeped with pre-brewed tea bags. You can put the used bags directly into your bath tub for a nourishing tea bath.
You can use brewed tea from used bags after using shampoo. This is a natural and chemical free way to condition and nourish your hair and scalp.