There are many reasons to drink tea; they have anti-aging properties, can boost your immune system, and most amazingly have therapeutic effects like being able to promote calmness and better sleep.
Teabags are typically made of filter paper or food-grade plastic, or occasionally of silk cotton or silk. Manufacturers say that teabags contain a small amount of non-biodegradable plastic, which helps to "heat seal the bag."
However, they can still be dumped into a food or compost bin. But if you love sustainable living or just want to get creative, you want to read on for 11 creative ways you can reuse teabags.
1. Cook chicken or turkey
Chicken and turkey are best served moist and garnished with unique condiments. One way to achieve the highly sought-after moistness is by placing used teabags inside water while boiling the meat. The results are sure to earn you glowing compliments!
2. Indulge in a relaxing foot soak
Place used teabags in a large bowl filled with warm water then let your feet soak for 10 minutes. This will make them softer and rid of bad odors.
3. Nourish your plants
Break open your teabags and add them to compost to provide your plants with a well-nourishing feed. The teabags quicken the decomposition process, drawing in acid-producing bacteria, which will help your garden thrive.
Alternatively, you can pour the content of used teabags into your watering can before starting to tend to the plants.
4. Spice your meals
Give your meals a unique tang by popping spent teabags into them. This can be added to rice, porridge, soups, stews, and fruit and vegetable salads.
5. Provide relief for tired eyes
Are you stressed out after a long day of work? Drink tea to calm your nerves. For a quick remedy for your tired eyes, refrigerate or freeze teabags and then place them over your eyes for a few minutes. The tea contains tannins which promote blood circulation and reduce puffiness.
6. Dye fabric
Rejuvenate old clothing pieces or add a unique tinge to your favorite fabrics using teabags. Pop the spent teabags into hot water and let it brew. Remove the brew from the heat and let your fabric soak in it long enough to absorb the color.
Keep in mind that the fabric's size determines the quantity of teabags you'll need, how long the tea will have to brew for, and how long the clothes will have to stay soaked.
7 .Degrease dirty dishes
You can ease the chore of washing your dishes by merely throwing in a couple of used teabags into warm water and letting the dishes soak in them for a few minutes. This can help soften hard food bits that may be such to plates and lift grease off of them.
8. Eliminate bad odors in your home
One common source of terrible odors that may linger about your home is the kitchen bin. So, pour in a few drops of the tea leaves to neutralize the odors. You can also place a teabag in your fridge to prevent the spread of smells from foods like cheese.
The possibilities are endless, as teabags can effectively neutralize a wide range of terrible odors.
9. Eliminate bad breath
Rebrew your used teabags, particularly the mint-flavored kind, to create an all-natural mouthwash. Let the brew cool down before using it to rinse your mouth like you would apply a mouthwash.
10. Remove & prevent rust
Keep your pan looking good for a long time by wiping the insides with a used tea bag after cooking. The tannins in the tea leaves will prevent the oxidizing process that causes rust.
11. Deodorize hands
Are you put off by the lingering pungent smell of onions, garlic, or other such foods on your hands, try rebrewing used teabags, and then using the brew to wash your hands. This will remove the pungent odors.
Do you know of more creative ways to reuse spent teabags?