Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tea Bags - what to do with used ones ...

So I was making more iced tea today & left the 2 large tea bags in the sink, to dry. I've been saving the tea bags... because not too long ago I had seen something online about what they are good for, after being used. Well of course hubby asked & I had no answer! I told him I'd have to go look for that link & tell him later. Now, normally me looking for a link I've saved is a huge undertaking since I'm so bad about organizing my saved links (but thats another story). Today, I found it pretty easy! I was happy.

So here is the link... 25 ways re-use tea bags

All of the ideas they give are pretty cool. Some of my favorites are ...
  • If you have a bruise, sunburn, bee sting, mosquito bite, or cold sore put a cool, damp tea bag on the affected area and use like a compress. The tea will bring comforting relief, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. 
  • Warm or cold, tea bags help revitalize tired, achy, or puffy eyes. So lie back with brewed, refrigerated tea bags over your eyes and the tannins in the tealeaves will stimulate blood circulation and diminish the bags and dark circles under your eyes.  
  • Rinse your hands with water and a brewed tea bag to remove food odors, especially onions and fish. 
  • Warm up a brewed tea bag, take the leaves out of it, roll them in a scrap of fabric, and use as a compress for a painful toothache, canker sore, or fat lip.
  • Cook an incredibly moist turkey by adding a brewed tea bag and a cup of water to the pan. The tannin in the tea is a natural meat tenderizer and adds a unique, delicious flavor. 
  • You don't have to buy a box of baking soda just to get rid of the odors in your fridge. A brewed tea bag will do the same thing and can easily be replaced.  
  • Deodorize stuffy rooms by pouring one quart twice-brewed tea and four tablespoons lemon juice or your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. 
  • If you're a smoker or have an ashtray out for guests, put a wet tea bag or the leaves from a wet tea bag into the ashtray. When you or your guests ash in the tray, the wet leaves will hold the ash and absorb some of the smell from the smoke.  
  • The antibacterial contents of tea bags will help neutralize the odor in your litter box, as well. Just sprinkle the dried out contents of a brewed tea bag into the kitty litter. 
  • Wipe cast-iron pots and pans with a brewed tea bag to remove and prevent rust.  
  • Make your mirrors sparkle and shine by using cooled, twice-brewed tea as a cleaner. Just dip a soft cloth in the tea and use it to wipe away dirt and grime, and then buff dry. 
  • Tear open a brewed tea bag and work the contents into the dirt of acid-loving plants like ferns and roses. The tannic acid and other nutrients will be released when you water the plants, spurring their growth. If these plants are ailing, watering them with cooled, twice-brewed tea will set them on the path to recovery!  
  • And for healthier potted plants, place a few brewed tea bags over the drainage hole at the bottom of the planter before potting. The tea bags will retain water and leach nutrients to the soil. 
  • Speed the decomposition process and enrich your compost pile by pouring a few cups of strong, twice-brewed tea into the heap. The liquid tea will hasten decomposition and draw acid-producing bacteria that will create acid-rich compost. Oh, and you can compost any of the used tea bags you can't find use for, as long as you remove the staples first.  
So there ya go! Not bad huh? There are a few ideas that I'd like more info on so I'll have to do a bit of research on them. I'd love to hear if anyone has other ideas for used tea bags.

Normally we drink herbal tea made into iced tea. And that is mostly loose leaf. But over the winter we just got a taste for plain old black tea. I don't make my iced tea with any sugar anymore. Occasionally I will brew it with about a teaspoon of Stevia leaf, but most of the time its straight & unsweetened. Amazing what you develop a taste for!

I see that the site mentioned above has a Facebook page too. I'm thinking between the site & FB page, I'll be doing a bit more reading!!

1 comment:

  1. And here I thought the only good use was to remove the staple and toss it in the composter... LOL