Were you aware that tea was once used only as a medicine? It actually took it over 3,000 years for it to catch on as an everyday beverage. If you drink tea daily, you’d have a lot of used tea bags.
What should we do with the leftover? Throw them away? Don’t. Just like coffee grounds, there are many smart ways of reusing tea bags.
It turns out you can use tea bags not only for making a delicious cup of tea. These simple tips will help you to reuse them in many awesome ways — starting from soothing your tired skin to refreshing your fridge. Try these tips and you will see the results! Razor burn
Hold a wet tea bag against razor burn to relieve the pain.
You’ve just flossed and now your gums are on fire. Reader’s Digest suggests holding a tea bag treated with cold water directly to your sore gums to relieve the pain.
It can neutralize bad odors
Does your workout gear smell a little funky after a long session? No need to worry, old packets of green tea can absorb even the strongest odors. Place one bag in each shoe or inside your bag to zap the stink away. This trick works for refrigerators and pantries, too!
Massage a wet, cool tea bag over the sunburn areas to cool skin and reduce possible inflammation. You can also place a tea bag on a bruise for speedier healing and if you rub a tea bag over a sting or bite, it will assist in drawing out toxins and reduce pain and swelling.
Brew stronger tea
If you like your tea to have a stronger taste, save your used tea bags and add one to the next cup you brew. While a used bag doesn’t pack the same punch as a fresh one, the twice-brewed leaves will still lend a bit more flavor to the second cup. This technique will work with any kind of tea, but is best with green or red varieties. White teas are generally too delicate to be used in this manner.
DIY air freshener
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to dry used tea bags to create air fresheners for your home, office, or vehicle. Since most tea bags come with a string built in, hanging them is a snap. Once the oil wears off, simply add a few more drops to refresh. Also, because tea leaves absorb odors, these creative homemade air fresheners will work double-time to keep your living areas smelling great!
Heal bruises with tea bags
Bruises are formed when small blood vessels, known as capillaries, are ruptured beneath the skin. The tannic acid in tea accelerates the healing of bruises, because it works as an anti-inflammatory agent, constricting blood vessels around the bruise and reducing swelling and inflammation. Simply place a new or used tea bag, which has been soaked in water, over the bruised area and hold it there for a while.