Tea is second only to water for ranking among the top consumed beverages in the world. According to teausa.com, it can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households and on any day over 158 million Americans drink it. It is by far the most versatile drink being served hot, cold, iced, plain, with add-ins, on all occasions, anytime, anywhere and anyplace. All that tea drinking adds up to tons of additional waste being dumped into landfills every year. However, as this video shows, there are lots of additional uses that used tea bags can be put to.
The most popular use happens to be beauty related. Many people refrigerate used tea bags and when cold place them on their eyes to reduce redness, puffiness, irritation, and to help decrease dark circles. Cold damp tea bags compressed on bruises, sunburns, bee stings, mosquito bites, and cold sores soothes the area, helps to reduce inflammation, and even promotes healing. Dry bags can be placed overnight inside of smelly shoes to deodorize and absorb any moisture. Tea’s deodorizing aspects also work just as well in the refrigerator. All it takes is a few bags placed inside and you can skip the baking soda for good. Try throwing a few brewed bags in the sink with dirty dishes and leave them to soak overnight. When you wash them the next day all the tough baked on grease should come off easily. The last video tip deals with keeping your house bug and rodent free by strategically placing tea bags in cupboards, the pantry, and corners. Minty teas work best because mice and bugs hate the smell.
There are hundreds of other uses not covered in the video. They include using tea bags in the garden, around the house, in the kitchen, for health, beauty, and cleaning. The list is inexhaustible and makes me wonder if there is anything that tea can’t be used for, or on, or with! Get that extra mile out of them and in the future re-purpose tea bags before you throw them out.