Are you an avid tea consumer? What do you do with teabags after consuming your daily cup of tea? Throw them away or think of different ways to reuse them? If you are a part of the latter group, then we have five amazing ways in which you can use your teabags without actually throwing them out.
Feed your garden
Tea leaves that have been moistened and added to the compost bin hasten the decomposition of your pile. When using tea bags as fertiliser, whether in a compost bin or directly around plants, make sure the bag is compostable first. Up to 30% of tea bags may contain polypropylene, which will not decompose. These tea bags have a heat-sealed edge and may be slick to the touch. If this is the case, slit the bag open and toss the contents in the trash, saving the damp tea leaves for composting. You can also boil the tea bags and use the brewed water for watering your plants.
Deodorise your rugs and shoes
Yes, it is a brilliant method for cleaning and deodorising carpets and rugs. In a bowl of warm water, soak the used tea bags. Spread the damp tea leaves on the rug after opening the teabag. Vacuum after the leaves has dried up. To leave a pleasant scent, choose a flavoured tea such as lemon or mint!
Fill each shoe with two to three bags and set it aside for 24 hours in a cool, dry location. Voilà! Bacteria in moisture are the most common cause of shoe odour (which is extra evident in the summertime). Teabags are super absorbent, so they dry out any lingering stench and replace it with a fresh herbal scent.
The best cleaner
Teabags work wonders on stubborn grease and fingerprints on mirrors, windows, and even eyeglasses. To keep your mirrors and windowpanes sparkling, rub a damp tea bag over the surface and wipe clean with a paper towel. Do you have any greasy dishes, baking sheets, or utensils on hand? Place everything in your sink, cover with warm water, add two to three used tea bags, and soak overnight. After the tannins in the tea reduce the grease on your dishes, you'll be surprised at how little scrubbing you'll have to do in the morning.
Makes a great hair cleanser and conditioner
Tea has been shown to help with everything from the common cold to stress and everything in between, including hair problems. Tea rinses have been a popular hair remedy for centuries, with beauty gurus from all walks of life incorporating them into their hair care regimens. Tea rinses have a plethora of uses and benefits, including stimulating hair growth, reducing breakage, and acting as a brightening agent for light-coloured hair. Teas with antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties can help with itchy scalps.
Have a great antioxidant bath
Although green tea is commonly consumed as a beverage, there have been studies that show that bath therapy using Japanese green tea extract produces catechins, which are not only good for the internal body organs but also have a wide range of pharmacological effects, including anticarcinogenic activity and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. It is also considered antibacterial and antioxidant and could be used to treat skin diseases like dermatitis. Japanese green tea contains antioxidants that have anti-ageing properties. Green teas are grown in the shade, such as gyokuro and matcha, contain more chlorophyll than other green teas, making them even more detoxifying. The amino acid L-theanine, found in Japanese green tea, promotes relaxation.
However, if you find it difficult to reuse them in any way, you can always throw away Teamonk’s teabag as they are 100% degradable and made of cornstarch.