Keeping tea in your house is not only beneficial for creating delicious beverages that are good for your health, tea can also help you complete several household tasks and keep you and your houseplants looking healthy.
Whether you have fresh tea bags lying around that you would like to repurpose or have used tea bags you wish you knew how to recycle in your home, there are several ways that you can use and reuse tea bags to be more sustainable and complete tasks more efficiently. According to WomansDay.com, the following are some of the most popular household uses for tea bags:
Cleaning Greasy Dishes
Tea contains tannic acid. By filling a greasy pot or pan with hot water and putting a few tea bags (used or new) into the water to soak overnight, the acid will help lift off the grease so that you have an easier time cleaning those greasy dishes in the morning.
Keeping Your Houseplants Healthy
Feed your houseplants by burying leaves from used tea bags just under the surface of their soil. Since tea contains small amounts of nitrogen, it acts as a fertilizer. Each time you water your plant, you are pushing this fertilizer deeper into the soil, closer to the roots.
Freshening Small Areas
To keep a closet, or even your car, smelling fresh, stash a few tea bags inside. Bags of tea will actually absorb unpleasant odors and, depending on the flavor of tea, replace them with pleasing odors that will not overpower the space.
Care for Your Eyes, Skin and Hair
Eyes: Tea has been known to reduce visible skin irritations. By placing used tea bags over your eyes, you can reduce puffiness and redness. The caffeine in the tea can help shrink blood vessels around your eye, which is what reduces the puffiness, and can even reduce dark circles.
Skin: The aforementioned tannic acid can stimulate healthy blood circulation and help tighten and soothe skin. It is recommended to fill a spray bottle with cooled black or green tea and spray it onto a freshly washed face to soothe irritated or dry skin.
Hair: On the hair, green tea is used to encourage length and black tea is used to improve shine. Whichever you’d like to achieve, pour the cooled, freshly made tea onto your hair and let it sit for 10 minutes. This is done before shampooing and conditioning.