Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Day 2638 - 10 uses for used tea bags

Don't throw out your tea bags! 

I'm one of those people who lets their tea bag hang around for a while.  By hanging around, I mean I leave my bag on a plate next to my sink in readiness for the next brew.

I can have up to three green teas with the one bag and two cups of the black stuff. I'm cheap like that.

I have also been known to pop my green tea bags in the refrigerator to use on my eyes on those "oh so puffy" days.

Recently I have discovered other uses for used tea bags.

(1) Store them in an open jar in the fridge where they can absorb odours and keep the fridge smelling fresh.

(2)  Flavour your pasta or rice by dangling the pre-brewed bags into a pot of water while it comes to the boil.

(3) Add to your watering can to protect plants from fungal infections. You can also rip the bags open and spread tea leaves around the base of your plants.

(4) Degrease dirty dishes by soaking them in warm water with a couple of used tea bags which help to loosen any stuck food.

(5)  Soak your feet in a tea bag bath to nourish the skin and get rid of any foot smells.

(6) Treat sunburn by putting cooled tea bags on the area

(7)  Apply used tea bags to itchy areas like insect bites and rashes to ease itching

(8) Tannins in tea help to constrict blood vessels which makes tea bags a handy way to stop bleeding (particularly when it comes to bleeding gums)

(9)  The tannins in tea are also a great way to help bruises heal faster

(10)  If you've got dark hair try rinsing hair with a cup of tea for shiny easy to manage locks (don't use on blonde hair as it can also act as a temporary dye).

So there you have it.

Next time we have a cuppa we can also deodorize our feet, while de-puffing our eyes, treat our sunburn and make our hair shiny.

A cup of tea has suddenly become more than just a cup of tea.

Do you drink tea?

How many cups do you make from the one bag? 

What do you do with your used bags? 

Hang on a minute! Have I just turned a legitimate excuse to pause into an entirely new to do list? Shit! Ignore everything I've just said ...

Information sources:,  The Australian Women's Weekly October 2016, and


  1. Thanks for sharing these teabag tips Leanne. Who knew teabags were so versatile? I reuse my dandelion teabags too. I have a tiny little bowl to put them in, ready for the next cup. It's too strong for me if I leave the bag in the cup. We're not cheap, we're thrifty... and we're recyclers!! �� x

  2. Can you drink tea leafs when the bag rips?


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