Forty-two percent of Australians buy tea each year. That’s a lot.
It’s testament to the fact that tea is one of our most loved beverages. For many people, tea bags are a one-use item. One bag equals one cup of tea. Then the used bag goes in the rubbish bin.
While you may not relish the idea of using the same bag to brew more than one cup of tea, there are still plenty of other uses for those little packets of damp tea leaves.
Hydrate your skin
Your skin can delight in tea as much as your taste buds do. Instead of your usual bath salts, run your bath water over several used tea bags for an aromatic and skin-rejuvenating soak. The tealeaves will help restore your dried out skin from too many summer days spent outdoors to velvety softness. The antioxidants in green tea are particularly good for revitalizing skin.
Break down grease
Baking soda isn’t the only tough grease remover in your pantry. Give baking soda a run for its money by soaking pots and pans covered in unrelenting caked-on food in a sink filled with hot water and several used tea bags. The tannins in the tea will break down that stubborn residue in no time. (Don’t tell baking soda.)
Make plant food
Nourish those hungry plants with used tea leaves. Break open a nutrient-rich tea bag and disperse the contents over the soil or add them to your compost. Roses and ferns especially like the acidic tannins in tea. You can also nurse your sickly plants back to health by watering them with twice-brewed tea.
Relieve tired eyes
This method’s an oldie but a goodie. Place cooled tea bags on your eyes, spa-style, for 10 minutes to relieve puffy, red eyes. The tannins in tea will reduce discoloration and inflammation. Chamomile’s soothing properties work particularly well to relieve agitated eyes.
For more ideas on reusing tea bags visit the Organic Authority website.