I’m a bit of a nosy teacup, and every now and then I get a glance at Kat’s store receipts when she leaves them on the table. I am always amazed at how much she spends on cleaning products! Why does she need so many different fancy cleaners? Char had a little secret for cleaning her house, and I decided it was time to share it with Kat.
Can you believe tea can be used for cleaning? I still remember the day Char discovered tea as a cleaning product. We were at her favorite little Chinese restaurant, the one that always had a line out the door for their divine noodle soups. As Char was about to rest me on the table, a waiter came by and poured black tea all over and wiped it down. You can imagine our surprise to see it was clean as can be. After this experience, Char did a little research on using tea to clean around the house. She discovered it’s a perfect, natural cleaning agent!
Char’s favorite use for black tea was to clean the floors. She’d take 3-5 teabags and let them steep in a large pot of boiled water. Once it cooled down she’d transfer to a bucket, and mop. Once dry, I couldn’t believe how those floors shined! I could see my reflection all the way from the countertop. She used the tea solution for the kitchen tile as well as the living room hardwood floors.
Black tea is also perfect as a window cleaner. Make a strong brew with 2-3 teabags per 8 ounces of water. Once it’s fully cooled you can put it in an empty spray bottle, or dip in a cleaning cloth. Wipe down, and marvel at the results.
Kat recently visited a tea shop that left a big bowl of used tea leaves in the bathroom. When she asked about this, she was told that the leaves act as a deodorizer. She’s tried this in her own bathroom with great results. Odors are absorbed, and the leaves look like potpourri. It also makes a great conversation piece. You can even try this with used tea bags in the refrigerator. Simply leave them in a small bowl. That cut onion won’t be bothering your butter anymore!
Cleaning with tea is economical, easy, and non-toxic! The hardest part is resisting a sip while you are cleaning. Do you clean with tea? I’d love to hear your tips!