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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.

Bleeding gums

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!

Sunburn

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.

Listerine isn’t just for freshening your breath and reducing plaque.  Originally in 1879, Listerine was found to be an effective antiseptic for use in surgical procedures! It wasn’t until 1914 that Listerine became the first prescription product in the US to be sold over the counter as a product to kill oral germs.

As you can see, Listerine has a long history.  Some of the other uses for Listerine are possible because of the essential oils; menthol, eucalyptol, thymol and methyl salicylate.  These work together to create a great antiseptic, bug repellant, anti-fungal treatment and more! Listerine and other mouthwashes are obviously created to freshen your breath and kill germs in your mouth.  However, because of the alcohol and essential oil content within, there are several other ways it can be used.

Here is a list of things that Listerine is good for:

Dandruff

Some people swear by Listerine to treat dandruff. The correlation makes sense, according to the website The People’s Pharmacy, because dandruff is considered to be a fungal issue, and the essential oils in Listerine contain antifungal properties. Home remedies vary between applying Listerine to the hair “neat” or mixing it with just enough baby oil to make it stick. Whichever method you try, leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse it out of your hair.

Nail Fungus Eradicator

Nail fungus problems can make your toenails or fingernails thick and discolored, and once you’re infected it’s incredibly difficult to eradicate. Make up a 50/50 solution of alcohol-based mouthwash and vinegar, and apply to the affected area with a cotton ball (use a new one each time) two-to-three times per day.

Deodorant

Mouthwash makes an easy substitute deodorant in a pinch, with its bacteria-killing properties. Be warned though — if you just shaved your armpits, applying an alcohol-based mouthwash will sting!

Clean your toothbrush

Kill old germs on your toothbrush by immersing it in Listerine for about 20 minutes. It kills germs in your mouth, so why not use it to clean your toothbrush?!

Clean your toilet bowl

Clean your toilet bowl and make it shine by pouring in 1/2 cup of Listerine instead of toilet bowl cleaner.  Scrub with the toilet brush as usual.

General household cleaner

If you’re planning to use Listerine as a general cleaner in your bathroom, kitchen or on floors, make sure to dilute it with 50% water.  It will kill germs and leave a fresh scent.

Mosquito Repellent

Some people swear by Listerine as a mosquito repellent. Don’t use it on yourself, as the alcohol level may be drying. Instead, sprinkle or spray it around the base of picnic tables, decks and patios and near standing water. University of Wisconsin acknowledges Listerine as a home remedy to treat mosquitoes, but adds that not enough empirical evidence exists to officially recommend it. “The Green Witch Herbal,” which focuses on herbs rather than commercial products, strongly recommends eucalyptus oil to repel mosquitoes. Eucalyptus oil is one of Listerine’s primary ingredients.

Mildew and fungus on plants

Get rid of mildew and fungus from the soil of your plants by mixing 1 parts Listerine with 3 parts water into a spray bottle. Spray the area where the plant meets the soil once a week.