I love tea, but I hate waste: I want to get the most out of an item before I throw it away entirely. I always have that moment of regret when I infuse a teapot and then throw away the spent tea leaves. Or: Maybe you bought a tea a long time ago and never had a chance to drink it; it’s no longer fresh and doesn’t fit in your teapot.
From cleaning to health to beauty to crafts, there are many uses for old and used tea leaves. Surely there must be some other use for old and used tea leaves before they are ready to make their final journey to the great teapot in heaven? So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog.
1. Cleaning wood with tea
Black tea is excellent for bringing wood floors and furniture to a high shine and restoring their color. The acidity of black tea not only helps loosen dirt, but the tannins in black tea also help bring out the wood grain, darken the color of the wood, and improve the wood’s natural luster. In addition, a strong infusion of black tea will help hide superficial scratches from wear and tear, bringing the wood back to life.
To clean wood with tea:
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add used or old black tea leaves (more for a stronger infusion) to the water and let it sit for about an hour to allow the water to cool and absorb the tea.
- Test the infusion on a small area of wood before trying it on a large area.
To clean hardwood flooring, rub the infusion onto the floor with a mop or mop, being careful not to get too much water on the wood, and then let it dry. Please note that this method is not suitable for laminate or pergo floors. To clean wooden furniture (such as chairs, tables, cabinets, etc.), wipe the furniture with the infusion and a cleaning cloth, then polish it with a dry, clean, soft cloth.
2. Clean your house
Give your glass class, your dishes desires, and your carpet love in a cup. Because of its natural ability to break down dirt, oil, and grease, tea can be especially useful for cleaning dirty windows, mirrors, and dishes. Greasy fingerprints on a window or mirror (or even glasses)? Wipe them off with a used tea bag or tea infusion in a spray bottle.
Have a sink full of greasy dishes or food that sticks to silverware? Let them soak overnight in a sink with a dozen tea bags: The grease will break down in the morning. Also, the dirt-fighting powers of tea can be used to polish dark leather: Simply rub damp tea bags over the leather in a circular motion and polish with a clean cloth.
Green tea makes a great deodorant around the house. Put used or old tea in a bowl and place it in your refrigerator as an alternative to baking soda, replacing the leaves every two days. Dried green tea leaves can be placed in a cupboard to help him freshen up. Mix some tea into cat litter to help eliminate cat odors.
Place a few used tea bags in foul-smelling shoes to help eliminate foot odor. Use an infusion of green tea to clean a microwave with stubborn food odors. Rinse your hands in fresh tea after working with pungent ingredients to get rid of those odors. Sprinkle dry leaves on a carpet, leave them for ten minutes, and then vacuum them to freshen up moldy carpets (don’t use wet leaves, though: they’ll stain).
3. Soothe the body and mind
There’s nothing like a good cup of tea to soothe the soul, but these leaves can also be used to soothe the body, whether for a DIY spa treatment or as a home remedy for burns. Tea is credited with anti-inflammatory properties, and green tea contains tannic acid and theobromine in particular, which, when used externally, are believed to relieve pain and heal damaged skin. It is, therefore, a good choice for treating burns such as sunburn, poison ivy, or razor burn, as well as acne and bee stings.
Boil water and steep the used green tea leaves for about an hour; make sure the brew has cooled before applying to the skin with a soft cloth or cotton ball. Store the infusion in the refrigerator before and after application for an extra cooling effect.
Put about 15 grams of tea in a bag or five tea bags in a warm but bearable bath and let stress, aches, and pains bathe in it for about 40 minutes. Be sure to hydrate afterward to enjoy a true wellness experience. As always, interrupt the bath if you feel dizzy and make sure someone else is nearby. On a smaller scale, green tea can also be added to a foot bath to freshen up smelly feet.
4. Make crafts with tea
There are as many ways to be creative with tea as there are tea varieties! When making soap, tea infusion can be added to the soap, enhancing the beneficial effect of the tea on the skin and releasing a pleasant scent. Soak the fabric in a green or black tea infusion to give fabrics (or even lace) an antique look. Some painters even like to paint with tea to achieve a watercolor effect. You can even incorporate tea leaves into displays or paint on canvases for a 3D effect.
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