It’s something that I think has crossed everyone’s mind as they go to toss their used tea bag: shouldn’t I be reducing – reusing – recycling? But how?
The tea bag is not only a micro package of pure convenience and practicality, it is quite the jack-of-all-trades, if you know its secrets. It a beverage of choice for millions of lovely people around the world, but it also has some handy uses around the house.
Something smelling less than lovely in your home?
- Leave some previously brewed tea bags in your fridge to absorb odors
- Throw a handful of used tea bags in the bottom of your trash can to keep it smelling fresh
- Scrub your hands with them after working with pungent ingredients like garlic, onions or fish.
Need a new cleaning agent?
- Brew a batch of tea with previously used tea bags, let cool, and spray it on wood or glass surfaces. Wipe with a soft, dry cloth for a streak-free finish.
- Soak greasy pots and pans in a bath of hot water and tea bags to loosen the grime.
- Got cast iron? Wipe with damp, brewed tea bags to prevent, and even remove, rust.
Growing a garden?
- Pour weak tea solution from previously used tea bags over your compost pile. It’s said to be attractive to acid-producing bacteria, which can lead to compost that’s rich in acid (roses love that!).
- Use brewed tea bags as the drainage layer in flower pots. It will reduce soil loss through the drainage holes and also provide added nutrient to the soil.
- Mix dried, used tea leaves into your garden soil, which is said to repel rodents, who are not fond of the smell of tea.
It warms my saucer to know that the humble tea bag, which is already such an economical (and tasty) choice in beverage, can also be so terribly handy in other areas of life!
Found a new use for your used tea bags? Do share! We’ve got more ideas here on our Pinterest Board: Other Clever Uses for Tea Bags.