A hot cup of tea on a cold winter’s night soothes the body and the soul. If you’re a seasonal tea drinker, you may find yourself with an excess amount of tea bags this time of year. Did you know old tea bags can serve a purpose? We’re always looking for new ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and we recently found some genius ways to put your used tea bags to good use. Here are a few of our favorite tea bag tricks to know this winter.
Remove Dark Circles
Black tea drinkers will be happy to hear this trick. Tea bags contain tannins, which have been shown to help reduce inflammation. After drinking black tea, collect your used tea bags in a container and store in the refrigerator for about three days. You’ll be able to use the bags on your eyes to soothe puffiness and decrease dark circles. As a bonus, you can also use these bags to heal small burns.
Protect Your Plants
Few hacks excite us more than those pertaining to our plant friends. Used tea grounds can be a healthy addition to plant soil. After drinking your tea, mix the grounds in with the soil to give your plants a boost. Another option is to rebrew a lighter tea with your used teabag, then use the new brew as a nutritious drink for your houseplant. This can help protect your plants from fungal diseases.
Degrease Pots & Pans
This may be the most surprising tip on our list of tea bag tricks. Old tea bags can be used to combat caked on food and grease on dirty dishes. Allow dirty pots and pans to soak with a used tea bag or two thrown into the mix. The tea will help loosen the most stubborn food stains and grease.
Remove Hair Build-Up
Harsh products can cause pesky build-up in your hair over time. To create a solution that rids hair of heavy build-up, soak 3-4 tea bags in warm water. Shampoo and condition as normal, then pour the solution over your hair. Don’t rinse it out!