You brewed a good cup of tea for breakfast, and you are about to pull the tea bag out of the cup and throw it away? Stop, because once-brewed tea bags still contain valuable ingredients and are far too useful to just toss in the garbage bin! Here is our guide for 7 ways to recycle used tea bags.
Here you will find many ideas on how used tea bags can be used even more meaningfully. If the bag is to be used later, you can dry it on the clothesline or in another airy place and then store it in a closed container. Note: The following tips refer to natural teas, which are at best organically grown, do not contain artificial flavours and whose tea bags do not contain plastic.
Ways to recycle used tea bags
1. Tannins in tea bags help with skin problems
Scratch wounds, blue or red spots, insect bites and similar small bleachers can be reduced by putting on a damp tea bag with black or green tea. Place the tea bag on the affected area with gentle pressure for a quarter of an hour. The tannins in tea contained have an anti-inflammatory effect and thus contribute to the loss of redness and swelling to subside more quickly. Pigment spots and eye rings also get much better if they are treated with a cold tea bag compress. Even warts and herpes vesicles should heal faster due to the action of the tannins. Tip: Teas are also suitable as a natural remedy for many other woes.
2. Used tea bags as natural odour killers
Does it sometimes get a bit whiff in your gym shoes or sports shoes? A used tea bag can also serve well here. Simply allow to dry after use and put into the shoes. The bags suck the moisture out of the shoe and leave a pleasant smell. The bags of peppermint tea and other intensely fragrant herbs work particularly well. Tip: For stubborn cases, there are other home remedies you can use to treat smelly shoes.
3. Tea bags as cleaners for pots and dishes
Are your dishes very dirty after eating or can burnt-in leftovers on the bottom of the pot be removed only with difficulty? Then put the dirty dishes in the sink, pour warm water into it, and put a tea bag on the particularly polluted areas. With black tea you should be careful, it can leave stubborn discoloration on sensitive surfaces. Therefore, use better bags of herbal or fruit teas for this tip. The next morning you will be able to remove dirt and grease much more easily without having to scrub.
4. Tea flavours to ward off crawling insects and mosquitoes
Small but unwanted crawling animals and insects are not exactly welcome in the house. Place the used tea bags in the places where you have discovered insects, and they will avoid the areas from now on. The aromas of used tea bags can also help to ward off stinging insects – for example, lemongrass, lemon balm or lavender.
5. Dried tea bags as a refrigerator deodorant
Unpleasant odours in the refrigerator can also be counteracted with dried tea bags. Put some of them in the fridge. They will not only improve the air in it, but also absorb excess moisture.
6. Tea leftovers as fertilizer in potplants and garden
Even double-brewed tea bags still contain nutrients that you can use for your plants and garden. Just hang them overnight in the watering can for your houseplants. Alternatively, you can add the contents of the tea bags directly to the plant soil. Tip: Coffee grounds are also an excellent fertilizer for the balcony and garden. Here you will find more tips on fertilizing with kitchen waste.
7. Used tea bags as DIY bath additive
Many tea herbs contain skin-care ingredients. Therefore, they are also excellent for making a brew and adding it to the bath water. Simply pour the tea bag over with hot water again, let it draw and the DIY bath additive is ready.
Author: Genevieve Dumas is a food, fashion and beauty stylist from New York, who has worked for a range of major magazines.