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Alternative uses for black tea and teabags.
Most of us enjoy a nice hot cup of tea whether it is made with tea leaves or tea bags, but were you aware that there are a huge amount of alternative uses for both tea and tea bags that you may find useful in your day to day lives? I decided to write this hub in order to share with you some of these surprising tips so that you too can recycle your used tea and tea bags in ways you never thought possible.
1) Next time a mosquito bites you and leaves you with an increasingly itchy bump somewhere on your body, try applying a hot tea bag over the bump until the bag goes cold. This will soothe the itch and draw out any infection.
2) Tired eyes? Apply a couple of warm used teabags to your closed eyes and then relax on your bed for half an hour or so. This will tighten up the skin around the eye area and also leave your eyes feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
3) Add used tea bags and tea leaves to your compost bin as they rot down easily and provide a great nutritional boost to the resulting compost.
4) Bury used tea bags and tea leaves around your rose bushes and acid-loving plants (such as azaleas) to produce fantastic blooms in the following season.
5) Clean your household mirrors using cold black tea and buff them up to a sparkling finish.
6) Use cold wet tea bags on sunburned areas of skin to soothe and heal the burns.
7) Apply cold tea bags to rashes on the skin to ease the irritation and aid the healing.
8) Soak feet in strong peppermint tea to cure foot odour.
9) Use freshly made tea and a soft cloth to buff up wooden furniture and get a fabulous shine.
10) Use a wet tea bag to ease the pain caused from razor burn.
11) Rinse washed hair with cold herbal tea to leave it soft and shiny.
12) Soak a tea bag in cold water and apply to the bleeding site of a lost tooth to ease pain and help stop the bleeding..
13) Gargle with peppermint tea to ease toothache.
14) Tannic acid is found naturally in black tea, therefore applying a warm, wet tea bag to your warts several times a day will rapidly shrink them.
15) Use normal black tea to rinse your hair in order to produce red highlights.
16) Sprinkle dry herbal tea leaves (in your favourite flavours) on to your carpets and vacuum off after 15 minutes to remove stale odours and leave a pleasant fragrance behind.
17) Soak saucepans overnight in hot water with a couple of tea bags to remove caked on food and facilitate easy cleaning.
18) Use cold black tea to artificially "age" paper and give a parchment type appearance, (this also works on lace and fabrics).
19) Apply a cold wet tea bag to a black eye to draw out the bruising and speed up healing.
20) Use dry scented herbal tea bags in your clothes drawers and wardrobes in order to leave clothes sweetly perfumed.
21) Use normal household tea bags in your refrigerator to absorb and remove nasty odours.
22) Run a few cups of really strong black tea through freshly washed damp greying hair in order to tint it on a semi-permanent basis, (Thearubigin formed during the oxidizing process binds to proteins in the hair, creating semi-permanent dye.)
23) Use a tea bag to clean your windows. Astringent tea is great at removing greasy fingerprints from glass. Use a damp teabag or a spray bottle filled with tea instead of your regular household cleaner.
24) Use as an artificial tan for your skin. Brew some strong black tea, allow to cool and then fill up a plastic spray bottle with the tea. Spray over clean dry skin and allow to dry naturally in order to produce a healthy looking tan. Repeat layers until the level of colour you require has been achieved.
25) Tape a wet tea bag over your painful boil before bed. By the time you wake up the boil should have completely, (and painlessly) drained.
26) Soothe nipples sore from breastfeeding by applying an ice cold wet tea bag under a nursing pad over the nipple inside your bra for five minutes. The tannic acid in the tea will help to heal the sore nipple.
27) Next time you or your baby have a sore arm as a result of an injection, apply a warm wet teabag to the site of the injection until the tea bag goes cold. The tannic acid in the tea will soothe the soreness.
28) Ease ulcers in the mouth, sore gums and toothache using a hot mouthwash made from peppermint tea with a couple of pinches of salt added. This is both antiseptic and soothing. You can make your own peppermint tea by steeping fresh peppermint leaves in boiling water for several minutes.
29) Marinade tough meat in black tea to tenderise it to a 'melt in the mouth texture'. Place 4 tablespoons of black tea leaves in a pot of warm (not boiling) water and steep for 5 minutes. Strain to remove the leaves and stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar until it dissolves. Set aside. Season up to 3 pounds (1.5 kilograms) meat with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic powder, and place it in a Dutch oven. Pour the liquid over the seasoned meat and cook in a preheated (165°C) oven until the meat is tender, about 90 minutes.
30) Pour a few cups of strong black tea on to your compost heap or into your compost bin in order to rapidly speed up the decomposition process and attract acid producing bacteria.