I don’t drink coffee. I’ve tried it, I don’t get the attraction. I think it’s repulsive, and if you have to add a ton of other crap to make it taste good, what’s the point? I do love me some tea though.
Every morning I have a nice warm mug of just plain green tea. That cup feels so nice and warm between my hands (which are like ice usually because our office is freezing all the time.)
At home, I have a whole drawer full of various kinds from black and green, to herbals, to ones with specific functions, like to get you over a cold or lose weight. By the way, that last one has not produced any significant results. And I’m sure it has nothing to do with the half of a pizza I scarfed down last night.
So, I wanted to do a post on tea. Originally it was going to be over different kinds of teas or something along those lines, but in my research I found something far more interesting. (Yes, go ahead and thank the universe, because it probably saved you from a veritable snooze-fest of a blog post.)
Instead I found several uses for used tea leaves or tea bags. So I drank a shit ton of tea this week just so I could try out a few of these.
- Clean wood furniture, wood floors, glass and mirrors. Boil a couple of tea bags in a liter of water and let cool. Dip in a soft cloth, wring out excess liquid and wipe away dirt and grime. Buff dry with a clean, soft cloth.
- Clean carpets and rugs. Store used tea bags in a container of water in the fridge. Split open the bags and let the leaves dry until slightly damp. Sprinkle on carpet or rug and vacuum away when completely dry.
- Natural deodorizers. Put pre-brewed tea bags in the refrigerator or throw a couple of used tea bags in the bottom of the trash can.
Scrub your hands with used tea bags to eliminate garlic, onion or fish smells. Possibilities are endless. And finally, mix dried used tea leaves in with the cat litter.
- Clean disgusting dishes. Soak dishes with used tea bags to loosen stuck on food.
- Cool sunburned skin and soothe razor burn. Wet tea bags work wonders for all types of minor burns. If you need to treat a large area, put several bags in bathwater and soak the whole body.
- Soothe tired, puffy or achy eyes. Soak two bags in warm water and place over eyes for 20 minutes.
- Stop foot odor. Soak feet in strongly brewed tea for 20 minutes.
- Draw out infections. In addition to drinking to keep you healthy, you can use topically to ease discomfort of infections such a pink eye and heal bruises and cuts faster.
- Rust proof cookware. Scrub entire surface of cookware with a used tea bag.
- Repel mice. Stick mint or cinnamon tea bags in cabinets to deter mice.
- Roses. Sprink new or used tea leaves and cover with mulch.
- Ferns and other household plants. Water with cooled brewed tea.
Any other tea lovers out there? Let me know your favorite brand or type in the comments below.
If you decide to try any of these out, be sure to leave a comment or better yet, post a picture on the Tea With Traci Facebook page. Just click the Facebook icon at the right to be taken right to it.
Coffee is not my cup of tea,