15 Genius Ways to Use Tea Bags

Tea is a staple in our family! Not only do we use it as an enjoyable beverage, we also use it around our house! Read on to find out how to make the most out of used tea bags!

1. Rust Proof Cookwares

Using a damp black tea bag wipe the surface of your cast-iron cookware after each use to keep them in top condition. Compounds in tea coat the pan with a protective layer, warding off rust-causing oxidation.

2. Tenderize Meat

Marinate the meat in tea before cooking and it will make it tenderer and easier to digest. You can use black tea for an extra taste.

3. Clean Carpets and Rugs

Sprinkle dry tea leaves along with some baking soda onto dingy, smelly carpets and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. The tea and baking soda will absorb smells and dirt to leave your carpets feeling and smelling super fresh and clean!

4. Clean Windows And Mirrors

Brew a pot of tea, let it cool down and then dip a cloth in the liquid. Use the clothe for wiping the mirrors and windows, then use a dry cloth for a perfect shine!

5. Renew Wood Surfaces

Use tea made from pre-brewed bags to clean and shine hardwood floors and polish wood furniture.

6. Bath SPA

Place one or two bags of tea leaves in your bath to relax your muscles and rejuvenate your body. The antioxidants in the tea leaves will help rehydrate and soften your skin, and the scent of the tea can be greatly relaxing. Tip: Use a Jasmine or Chamomile tea!

7. Natural Mouth Rinse

Peppermint tea acts as a natural antiseptic and relieves mild toothaches! In addition, you can stop bleeding gums by placing a cooled teabag in the mouth for a couple of minutes.

8. Plant Fertilizer

Did you know tea contains nitrogen, which is a great fertilizer for leafy plants. Use any leaf over tea bags or tea leaves to feed your household plants! Water your plant with the last of the cool tea from your pot, or you can add the tea leaves straight into the soil around your plant.

9. Dye Paper and Cloth

Dye white cloth in shades of natural shades! Depending on the tone you want you can steep tea bags and use the weak tea water to turn boring white fabric and clothes into sepia, oatmeal, light brown and pale green shades.

10. Fire Starter

Here's an easy way to start fire. Squeeze out excess water from used tea bags. Let it completely dry and and dip it in melted wax. Let excess wax drain from tea bag. Arrange waxed tea bags on tray to harden. These light easily and burn bright!

Bonus: 5 Tips in One

This short two minutes video teaches you how to use tea bags to soothe minor skin irritations, deodorize your shoes, freshen up your fridge, degreaser your dishes, and keep bugs away.

Sally from San Diego. A homemaker and part-time nanny. Loves cooking and enjoy projects in the home.
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