1. Degrease Dirty Dishes
Soak greasy plates, bowls and other utensils in warm water, and throw in a few used tea bags. The tannin acid in the tea will help to break down grease and loosen food bits so you don’t have to waste time scrubbing endlessly.
3. Soothe Tired Eyes
Pop a couple of green tea or earl grey tea bags into the fridge and then use them as a luxurious (and natural) eye compress when your eyes feel sore and tired after a long day at work. The caffeine in the tea helps to reduce puffiness, swelling and dark under-eye circles by constricting the blood vessels under your eyes.
4. Flavour Your Rice or Pasta
Love the smell of jasmine flavoured rice? You can make some of your very own at home with leftover tea bags.
Place a leftover bags of jasmine tea in your rice cooker while steaming rice and you’ll get fragrant smelling rice. Do the same with your pasta but in boiling water to achieve the same results.
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5. Help Your Plants Grow Better
Used tea bags can be recycled as fertiliser, as tea leaves (especially green tea) add a nitrogen-rich component to your compost! Mix some tea into your gardening soil to repel pests and help your plants grow healthily. Different types of tea offer different nutrients and benefits to your plants.
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6. Marinate Your Meats
Boil some tea with your leftover tea bags to make a delicious marinade for your meats. Tear those leftover tea bags open and rub them into your meats for a dry marinade and to let the flavours infuse in. Leave them overnight and brush away the tea leaves for a deliciously fragrant dish. You can also add cooking wine or some other marinade sauces for an even richer flavour.
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7. Mix Different Tea Bags for A Delicious Drink
Got some tea bag flavours that you think might go well together? Be your own mixologist and create your very own tea concoction. Pair them with one of these delicious afternoon tea recipes!
9. Turn Them Into Potpourri
If you’ve got plenty of tea bags, turn them into potpourri instead. Add your favourite essential oils, mix is up and separate it into different bowls to freshen up your home.
10. Get Rid of Foot Odours
Boil some tea with your leftover tea bags, allow it to cool down slightly and soak your feet in. The antioxidants found in tea can help nourish your skin and soften it.
11. Use It As A Foot Scrub
Once you’re done soaking your foot in them, tear open the leftover tea bags and scrub the base of your foot with it for smoother skin!
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13. Get Rid Of Pests
Ward away pests at home by hanging a few used and dried tea bags inside food cupboards or dark corners where they lurk. Drip some peppermint oil onto the bags for added help.
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14. Soothe Sun Burns (& Other Skin Irritations)
The next time your skin is inflamed, sunburned, bruised or suffering from any sort of irritation, put some cool, moist tea bags onto your skin to help speed up the healing process.
15. Use As A Foot Soak
Want to pamper yourself after a long and hard day? Place some tea bags into a tub and soak your feet in. Not only does it help to neutralize foot odours, it’s also high in antioxidants.
16. Bye Bad Breath
If you’re trying to get rid of bad breath naturally, here’s what you can do: Brew some weak tea and use it as a mouth wash. We recommend going for peppermint tea for some added freshness.
17. Make A Glass Cleaner With It
Brew some weak tea and wait for it to cool before putting it into a spray bottle. Tea can help to loosen grime and dirt. Plus, you’ll also save money on household products!