If you enjoy tea a great deal, than it’s likely that you have several teabags left at the close of each day. By the end of the week, you’ll have collected a small pile of used teabags of quite a few different flavors and blends: St John’s Wort tea, spearmint tea, green tea, elderberry tea, chamomile tea, ginger tea, plain black tea, flavored black teas, rosemary tea, white teas, rooibos tea…your list will may vary from this one, depending on your mood, your health, and the healing properties of a certain type of tea.
You all sip the tea daily, but never bother to use the teabags as well. Instead, you toss them aside in the trash bin as if they are regular garbage. Maybe it’s time you change this habit and learn about the wide variety of ways you can use an old teabag. They really are quite useful – just keep reading through this piece to find one that meets a need that you have around your home.
10 Useful Ways to Give Teabags a Second Life
1. Used Teabags Can Sooth the Burning and Inflammation from a Sunburn
Black tea is especially good for helping sunburned skin feel more comfortable due to the acids it contains. All that you need to do is brew the tea, then cool the teabags. Place the cooled teabags against the sunburned skin to help eliminate the burning feeling. This also helps for regular kitchen and household burns. Just hold the teabag on the burn for a short time. The teabags are full of tannins which will help relieve pain and burning. It may be worth storing several used black teabags in your fridge just for this purpose.
2. Used tea bags can help remove bags under the eyes.
After a sleepless night, one of the worst things that you can do is to make yourself a giant cup of coffee to help stay awake. Instead, consider making a change and brewing yourself a nice cup of sweet smelling tea instead. You’re likely to be quite surprised by how well it helps wake you up, as it may be even more effective than your usual cup of coffee. The best, though, is yet to come. The used tea bag can even help remove the dark circles and bags under your sleep deprived eyes. Rub the teabag over each eye, hold it there for a little while, and watch the unsightly circles disappear as the tannins help the skin shrink back to normal.
3. Teabags are also a wonderful rinse for dull hair that’s lost its shine.
Conditioners and store purchased treatments can often have quite the opposite effect on your overtreated hair. If you’d like to give your hair a rest, while gaining the shiny bouncy hair you’ve been dreaming of, consider adding a teabag to the rinse water for your hair. Your hair will quickly become shiny and bouncy again, and you’ll also find that any dandruff or itching that you’ve been experiencing will disappear, as well.
4. Used green tea bags help shrink warts
Green tea contains specific chemicals that work to keep warts from growing larger. Use a green teabag that has been brewed and cooled entirely. Make sure that it covers the wart entirely, then fasten it over the wart with clean medical tape. You may also want to cover the entire area with a bandage. Replace the teabag regularly. Repeat this home treatment until the wart falls off on its own.
5. Used tea bags will also remove bad odors from flats, running shoes, or sneakers.
If you find that you are running short on cash, you may be able to revitalize smelly footwear with teabags. It’s better to use a brewed teabag that has dried back out, in this case. Simply put one teabag in each shoe and allow it to neutralize any bad odors that have developed.
6. Used tea bags are great for roses and help them grow well in your garden
Higher pH levels of the soil are decreased by the tannins in the tea. This will stop fungus from appearing around the base of your roses and destroying them. Instead, you’ll see your roses growing tall and strong. So save your teabags and empty them out around the base of any roses in your garden, instead of dumping them into the trash.
7. Used teabags are great for cleaning dishes, as well.
Occasionally, you can’t use a heavy duty scrubber on your pot or pan. You may not have it on hand, or it may be too harsh and damage the item. If you have grime and grease on your dishes, however, it can easily be removed if you allow them to soak overnight in a solution of water and used teabags. The next day, you’ll only have to scrub them lightly. Consider giving this tip a try to save some energy for other cleaning tasks.
8. Used tea bags are great stain removers for mirrors that have been splashed.
If you don’t like to see splashes and smudges on the mirrors in your home, a used tea bag can help. Children are especially great at staining and marking mirrors, so it’s helpful to keep a few used teabags around. Just soak your microfiber cloth in a weak tea solution made from a used teabag and the mirror will wipe beautifully clean.
9. Used tea bags also remove icky odors from your hands.
Garlic and onion slicing can make your hands smell quite unappealing. No man will want to be near those smelling hands, even if you’ve just been preparing his favorite meal. However, you can add the contents of a teabag to the water in your basin before washing your hands to help remove these odors. In this way, you’ll be ready for your evening out quite quickly.
10. Used tea bags are also great for healing oral injuries.
Many people with sore gums understand how tough it can be to swallow or soften hard food in your mouth, and teabags can be of great benefit. In order to help restore you gums to health, bite down on a teabag and hold it in your mouth for a bit. This is especially helpful after oral surgery, as it helps your mouth to form a clot and allows the swelling and bleeding to stop so your mouth can start to heal.
Hopefully these ten reasons are helpful enough to remind you to hold on to your used teabags in the future. It’s best to simply save them in a glass container in your refrigerator, then use them as they are most needed.