From relieving sunburns to shrinking warts, there are a variety of ways tea bags can be re-used.
Did you know? Tea bags are good for more than just creating a hot mug of tea. In fact, there are a multitude of ways old tea bags can be reused around the house – some of them may even blow your mind!
From relieving a sunburn to shrinking warts, the adaptogens and phytochemicals in tea can make your life easier in a variety of ways. 11 ingenious uses for tea bags follow:
1) Soothe A Sunburn
Black tea has tannic acid which is known to have astringent and soothing properties. Just pull a cool tea bag from the fridge and apply on top of a sunburn. This is a good first step to assist the healing process.
2) Rejuvenate Tired Eyes
Did you stay up too late or just haven’t been able to get proper sleep? Place used black tea bags below your puffy eyes and you’ll feel rejuvenated in no time. According to FaithTap, the tannins in black tea have a calming and soothing effect on inflamed tissue.
3) Relieve Minor Burns
Nothing feels as bad as a fresh burn. As long as it’s not hospital-serious, you can use a cool tea bag (black tea) from the fridge to soothe the inflammation in your skin.
4) Herbal Hair Rinse
Whether you seek to control dandruff or just want your hair to shine in the sun, an herbal hair rinse can help. Massage your scalp with your favorite cup of tea that has been steeping for at least one hour, then rinse it.
Bonus: Apply a dab of coconut oil to keep your locks fresh and hydrated.
5) Shrink A Wart
Before you freeze a wart off, try this remedy. Use a tea bag containing green tea (cooled) on top of the wart and secure it in place with an ACE bandage. After 15 minutes, replace it with a fresh new tea bag containing green tea. Reputably, the wart should fall off in a few days.
6) Freshen Up Stinky Shoes
You worked out. Great! Unfortunately, the rest of the family doesn’t think so, for your shoes reek. Luckily, a dry tea bag can fix that problem. While this solution doesn’t involve a used tea bag, it is still genius. Just stick a fresh tea bag in a stinky shoe – or two, and the odor will be absorbed in no time.
7) Grow Beautiful Roses
Did you know? The tannic acid in tea leaves lowers the pH of the soil, preventing fungus around the base of plants. One bush in particular that benefits from this treatment is the rose bush. Placing a used tea bag (or the leaves) in the soil after pruning the plant will help it grow more succulent roses.
8) De-grime Dirty Dishes
Few people like the task of washing dishes because it can be a chore to scrape off the previous evening’s leftovers. Thankfully, tea bags can help do the work for you by de-griming dishes before you wash them. Just soak dishes overnight with a few tea bags, and when you wake up, they’ll be easier to clean.
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9) Clean Your Mirror
To get a sparkling clean mirror, simply brew a few tea bags and then soak a cloth in the cooled tea. The mirror will wipe clean more easily, leaving you more time to indulge in the hobbies you love.
10) Remove Odors From Your Hands
People don’t like the smell of onions and garlic on your breath, and the odors aren’t necessarily delightful on your hands, either. To get rid of food odors on your hands, simply wash your hands with tea bags and they’ll smell better in no time!
11) Soothe Sore Gums
Did you have oral surgery recently? Try placing a few used tea bags on your gums. The tannins in the tea help form a blood clot, which reduces swelling and bleeding.