The humble tea bag – Packed with flavour and goodness, but gone with a single use, right? Wrong. The tale of these tea bags doesn’t end with your cup. There are plenty of other ways to reuse a used organic tea bag. Here are 5 alternate uses of tea bags:
1. Flavour your food
Save and steep tea bags in hot water to extract whatever tea flavour remains in them, even after its been used. You can then use this brew to add to your soups, oatmeal, chicken broth, or even pasta and rice! This works better with flavoured teas. Heard of jasmine rice or cinnamon oatmeal? Absolutely yum! (There are loads of other ways you could use tea in cooking – Check out our Cheffing With Ausum series and be inspired!)
2. Remove odour
Does your room smell of cat litter or stinky shoes? The tea bag can come to your rescue, again! Put some used tea bags in your cat’s litter tray or at the bottom of your trash can. They help absorb the odour. They can also be used to neutralize the odours in sweaty shoes. Just dry them out, remove the tea bag paper and place them inside your sweaty shoes – they absorb the moisture, so you won’t have to deal with the foul smells again!
Among the many other uses of tea bags is its ability to absorb bad smells. This makes it a great room freshener. Just add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to your natural tea bag and hang it either in your bathroom or store room to leave these areas smelling great. You can do this about 2-3 times before discarding the tea bag.
3. Treat your skin
Used tea bags are great for home-manicures and pedicures. Just put them into hot water when soaking your fingers or feet. Not only will they remove any odours, but also are they useful to soften hardened skin and moisturize it. These tea bags come with certain beauty benefits too!
These nourishing properties of organic tea bags also make it a great choice for a luxurious bath. Soak them in warm water before having a shower and you’ll have yourself a DIY aromatherapy experience.
4. No more bad breath
You must’ve seen tea-flavoured mouthwash in stores. This is because certain ingredients in tea, like peppermint and ginger, help kill bacteria and eliminate bad breath. So why use something with preservatives when you can do it yourself, at home? Just soak some used chamomile tea bags or mint herbal tea bags in water (minus the sugar, of course) and you’ll have yourself a light tea which you can use as an organic mouthwash.
5. Get rid of pests
As much as we love it, rats and other insects do not like the smell of tea. Which is why used tea bags, when placed in store rooms or garbage disposal areas serve as repellents. Intensify the smell of the mint tea by adding a few drops of peppermint oil. This will work as an air freshener and also keep the bugs away!
So, think twice before discarding your used tea bag after your next cup of tea. To retain their moisture, refrigerate them. But do keep in mind that all food decomposes after a while, so if you want to put these used tea bags to use, do so within the span of a few days.
Also do keep in mind that even empty tea bags need to be disposed responsibly. Ausum Tea has a responsibility towards the environment and sustainability, which is why all our teabags are made of 100% cotton with no chemicals. They fully decompose and return to where they came from in one monsoon cycle. Read about our tea bags here.
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