Don’t Toss the Tea Bag: 7 Brilliant Ways to Use Tea


By Barbara Pronin

If you’re among the millions who start your day with a hot cup of tea, you may be setting the stage for some timesavers, health tips and beauty regimens.

From new consumer newsletter, here are brilliant ways to use those used teabags:

Treat a burn. Tea bags contain tannic acid, a proven force for taking the sting out of a sunburn or a small burn to the skin. Apply the wet bag to the affected area.

Beautify your eyes. Got under-eye bags from stress or lack of sleep? Store used tea bags in the fridge for three days and then apply them under your eyes to take away that puffiness.

Promote hair growth. Cosmeticians advise using old tea bags to brew a warm bowl of tea, then using the tea as a hair rinse after shampooing to promote growth and give your hair a sleek shine.

Shrink warts. Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus. Drink 2 – 3 cups of tea daily and the antioxidants will help reduce the HPV-caused warts.

Absorb bad shoe odor. Dry tea bags work wonders to absorb bad shoe odor. Once you’ve used your tea (for drinking), let the bag sit out overnight to dry. Then place them inside your shoes; the dry tea leaves will work over time to absorb the odor.

Give houseplants a boost. Many plants, like ferns and other common houseplants, prefer an acidic soil. Tear open a tea bag and place it underneath the soil to lower the pH level and give your plants the minerals and nutrition they need to flourish.

Degrease those dishes. Brew your tea, then throw the bag into the sink and let your greasy plates or pans soak while you enjoy a cuppa. The antioxidants in the tea will work to make the grime and sludge easier to remove when you wash those utensils by hand or in the dishwasher.

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