How to reuse tea bags? 20 smart ways to reuse tea bags

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In this post learn how to reuse tea bags by reading the following 20 smart ways to reuse tea bags.

Tea is the second most widely consumed drink around the world. (1) And 96% of the tea drinkers in the UK choose tea bags rather than tea leaves.

For many people, tea is not just a drink, but it is a ritual, a celebration and even a medicine. Many people around the world start their day with a tea.

But, the bad new is that an estimated 5 billion teabags being used and disposed of globally yearly. This can affects our environment and its larger ecosystems.

So, do you throw away your used tea bags? Not any more!
If you want to know why you should never throw away tea bags and what to do with tea bags after use, keep reading this post about how to reuse tea bags?!

How to reuse tea bags? 20 smart ways to reuse tea bags

How to reuse tea bags? 20 smart ways to reuse tea bags

Tea bags uses for health and beauty:

1- To get a glowing and fresh skin:

Make a face scrub by using the contents of used black tea bag and mixing them with a 1/2 tablespoon of honey. Apply the mixture onto your face, and scrub it lightly using circular motions. Leave the mask on your skin for 5 minutes, then rinse with a luck warm water, and enjoy a fresh skin.

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2- Used tea bags for feet:

It can reduce foot odours, soften touch skin and reduce aches or pains. Add used tea bags to warm water and soak your feet in them for 20 minutes, and enjoy an excellent pedicure at home.

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3- Reduce the pain of insect bites:

Soak a tea bag in warm water, then put it in the refrigerator. Once cooled off, place the tea bag directly on the insect bite and hold for a few minutes.

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4- Treat a sunburn:

Green Tea contains tannic acid and theobromine, which helps relieve pain and heal damaged skin when applied topically to your sunburn.
Gently swipe sunburned skin with a cool, wet green tea bag to bring relief.

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5- It can stop bleeding after a tooth extraction:

If you’ve ever had a tooth pulled, the dentist probably suggested you apply a black tea bag to the stem of bleeding.
That’s because black tea is full of tannins which can help stop bleeding. Just place the cool brewed tea bag on the affected area, and keep it there for about five minutes.

If you have excessive bleeding, you need to seek immediate medical attention for sure!

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6- Add tea to your bath:

Enjoy a good soak by placing a green tea or your favourite herbal tea bag in a hot bath. The tea will make your skin feeling soft and fresh. It also helps to reduce the inflammations and balance your skin because of the antioxidants contents of the tea.

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7- Soothe your eyes:

Chill used teabags in the fridge before placing them over each eye and under eye area to reduce puffiness and dark circles.

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8- Used tea bags is good for your hair:

Black tea rinses can be very effective for helping to reduce hair shedding. The natural properties of black tea can help to block the hormone DHT, which is responsible for hair shedding.

How to make black tea rinse for hair?

  • Boil 2 cups of water.
  • Steep 6 used black tea bags in the water for at least 1 hour.
  • Pour the tea into a clean spray bottle.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo.
  • Towel dry.
  • Spray a good amount of the tea onto your scalp, and into your hair then massage it in.
  • Rinse your hair with just water after 1 hour.

How long can you leave tea in your hair?

Don’t leave the black tea rinse on your hair for more than 1 hour, because it can make your hair very dry.

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Tea bag use for cleaning and as a freshener:

9- Remove odors from the fridge:

split open your tea bag, and let the tea leaves dry out. Spread the dried leaves in a stinky place, like the garbage can of fridge. The leaves will not only remove the door, but also make the area smell great.

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10- freshening the carpet:

Sprinkle a few bags of dried peppermint tea leaves onto a smelly carpets, wait for 15 minutes them vacuum it. This way you can get a fresh smelling carpet.

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11- Diy natural air freshener:

Make your own chemical free air freshener by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil to dry used tea bags. Hang the teabag in your home, office or vehicle to freshen the place. Once the oil wears off, simply add a few more drops to refresh.

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12- Shine wood surfaces:

The used tea bags make a great polish for hardwood floors.
Steep two used tea bags in a pit of warm water, then take the mixture and buff your wood with a soft microfiber cloth. The gentle colouring will enhance the richness of the wood and give it a new, fresh shine.

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13- Clean glass windows:

Rub a damp teabag on glasses, mirrors and windows. Then use a microfibre cloth or paper towel to rub the glass to leave it clear and shiny.

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14- Remove grease from your clothes and kitchenware:

With the help of tea bags, you can get rid of the grease build-up easily. Fill the sink with hot water and soak your kitchenware or clothes with a good number of used tea bags. Leave it overnight so the tannins in the tea can work on loosening the grease. The next day, you can scrub away the grease with ease.


Tea bag uses in garden:

15- Enrich compost:

Mix up used tea bags in your compost pile to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria.
Tea adds the nitrogen-rich component to the compost that will balance carbon-rich materials.

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16- It is a great fertilizer:

Tear open some used tea bags and sprinkle the contents around the plants. Tea leaves will nourish your plants every time you water by increasing nitrogen levels, improving soil structure, and giving earthworms a delicious meal to eat!

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17- Protect your plants from fungus:

Redrew used tea bags in a bucket of water and use the weak tea to water your plants and protect them from fungus!

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18- Repellent effect against insects:

At home and in the garden, the scent of brewed tea keeps unwanted insects away. Placing the used tea bags in the garden is a great way to protect plants from pests. This is a natural alternative to chemical Repellents that weaken the health of your garden and its ecosystem.


Tea bags uses in cooking:

19- Tender the meats:

Marinating the meat in cooled brewed tea before cooking makes the meat more tender and easier to digest.

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20- You can flavor your pasta or rice using used tea bags:

Don’t throw away the used Jasmine or camomile or cinnamon teabags. It can give a nice flavor to your cooking.
Hang the used teabag into a pot of water while it comes to a boil to flavor the water. Remove the tea bag, then add your pasta or rice.


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