10 Simple Ways to Resuse Tea Bags Rather Just Throwing Them Out
If you are a tea addict like half the population of the world, then we bet you probably go through a lot of tea bags. And sadly it all ends up in the bin after a single use. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something useful you could do with all those tea bags, rather than just throwing them out? Well, the good news is that there are actually plenty of ways to reuse tea bags to good use, ya know while also reducing waste.
With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of 10 simple ways you can reuse tea bags and tea leaves. However, be sure to determine if your teabags are compostable or not before going ahead with these ideas. If the bags aren’t compostable, you’ll have to remove the leaves from the bags before trying these suggestions out.
- Compost your Tea Bags
One of the easiest ways to reuse tea bags is to compost them for plant growth. If your tea bags are compostable, pop them straight onto the compost pile. If not, empty the leaves from the bags and spread those on your compost instead and add to soil. Tea adds the nitrogen-rich component to the compost that will balance carbon-rich materials, resulting in healthy and fast plant growth.
- Fix Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles
Your used tea bags can help reduce puffiness or dark circles around your eyes very efficiently. Place them in your fridge to cool, then hold the bags against your eyes for a few minutes. It feels lovely, and the caffeine content will work its magic to shrink the blood vessels around your eyes. You’ll look more refreshed and awake!
- Dissolve Greasy Messes
Here’s another innovative way to reuse tea bags. If you have a greasy or stuck-on mess stuck in the bottom or top of a pan, tea bags are there to rescue. Just place a tea bag in the pan and fill it with hot water and cover it. Allow it to soak overnight, and the tannins in the tea will help loosen the mess overnight. It’ll be easy to scrub clean in the morning!
- Polish Wood Surfaces
Weak tea can be used to restore a nice shine to your wood floors and furniture. Steep a couple of used tea bags in warm water to make the weak tea. Then apply it to your wood surfaces with a soft rag or microfiber cloth. Give it a good buff, and taa-daa your wood will be shining in no time!
- Take A Relaxing Bath
Place one or two bags of tea in your bathtub water next time you take a soak. The antioxidants in the tea leaves will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated and also soothe your mind.The scent of the teas especially like jasmine or chamomile tea can also help invigorate your senses and awaken your mind, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
- Restore Shine To Your Hair
One of the most popular ways to reuse tea bags is for hair care purposes. Use a couple of used tea bags to brew a strong tea, then allow the tea to cool completely. Before a shower, pour the tea into your hair until it’s completely saturated. Allow the tea to sit for about 10 minutes, then hop in the shower. Shampoo and condition your hair as normal. Your hair will thank you for the tea treatment!
- Treat Rashes & Bug Bites
Tea bags can provide soothing relief from minor rashes and bug bites. Apply a damp, cooled tea bag to the affected area. The tea will help reduce inflammation and take the edge off the itch. You can use teabags to remove acne scars too. Leave teabags on the affected area for 5-10 minutes and let the tea work its magic.
- Add Some Flavours To Your Food
If you are looking to add just a little bit of flavor to your foods such as pasta, don’t look any further than an old tea bag. Add a used tea bag to boiling water that you plan on cooking pasta, grains, chicken or even into your soup. Once the water has boiled, remove the tea bag and add the food for cooking. You’ll have a nice added flavor to your finished dish.
- Ditch The Smelly Feet
Dealing with smelly feet? Haha, fret not tea is there to save you from the scar. Just reboil your old tea bags or tea leaves and let them cool down. Pour the warm tea into a bucket, then sit your feet into the water.. This natural scent of tea will help remove the bad odour from your feets and leave your feet feeling soft and smooth too.
10.Tenderize Your Meat
Last but not least in our smart ways to reuse tea bags is to use it to tenderize meat. In fact it is most probably the cheapest alternative you probably didn’t know too. Tea contains tannins, which are a natural tenderiser. So, make 1-2 cups of tea (preferably black tea), allow it to cool, and then immerse the beef in the liquid for up to 24 hours. The longer you leave your meat, the more tender it will be.