Tea Bags on Eyes and Other Useful Uses for Used Teabags
We drink tea and the tendency is to throw away the tea bag or tea leaves. Apparently, there are other uses for these used tea bags and tea leaves and I decided to test them out.
Here are the outcome of my findings as well as my verdict on its usefulness and effectiveness.
Tea Bags on Eyes
Tea bags for your beauty regime; this sounds interesting especially for puffy eyes and I occasionally have them. I tried and it worked but only for a short while. If you use it once a week on a regular basis AND have a good night sleep you will notice better results.
So, if you feel tired, have dark circle or puffy eyes, and want to try the used tea bag treatment, follow these steps:
Green and Black Teas are the Best Tea for Eye Treatment
You obviously need two tea bags for both eyes so the next time you drink tea with a friend; put aside those two tea bags for your eye treatment. The best tea bags to use are those with lots of caffeine and tannins and it will be either the green or the black teas. As tea is also rich in antioxidants, it will also soothe the skin.
Once the tea bags are cool but still damp; place the tea bag over each puffy skin under your eye. Warm tea bags will make your puffiness worse therefore make sure the tea bags are cool. Leave it for about 15 to 20 minutes. You will soon see some noticeable improvement to that puffy eye look.
If you intent to use the tea bags later then place it a container and put it in the fridge until you need it.
Tannins will Shrink the Skin Tissues
How does it work? Teas contain tannins, which have the ability to shrink living tissues including human skin. Therefore, when you put the used tea bag over the puffy eye, the tannin will shrink and tighten the skin.
Good for Sunburn
For this same reason, used tea bags are also useful for the treatments of burns, sunburn, bee stings and rashes.
This is a cheap and simple remedy and you get to recycle your tea bags!
Unlike other tannins in other fruits such as pomegranate, there is no tannic acid in tea tannins. Therefore, tea tannins are beneficial for your skin.
As Flavoring Agent
To add flavor to your cooking especially to meat dishes, try marinating meat with your used tea bags. The tannins will help tenderize the meat and the tea flavor will add the sweetness and savory taste to your meat dishes especially on barbecued meat.
We tried and we all agreed that the beef taste better, but it does not seem to work on chicken and mutton. Have you tried them? Give us your feedback on what works and what does not.
Get Rid of Odors
I use charcoal to remove odor from the fridge and it seems tea bag will also do the trick. The instruction says to place a small-uncovered bowl of used green tea bags in the fridge and leave it for three days. This will absorb unwanted smell from fish, stale food or other strong flavored food such as curry. We tried and it worked. The only problem is it takes up space in our already crowded fridge!
Similarly, to eliminate offensive odor from shoes, you can stuff a handful of dried used tea bags into old socks and tie up the openings to form sealed bundles. Place them deep within the shoes and leave for a few days. I tried on my son's running shoes and there are no more offensive odors. Now we place used tealeaves in the shoe cabinet as well.
Likewise, if you soak your feet in a solution of strong tea, your foot odor problem will be gone!
By sprinkling used dried tea over carpet and leaving it for at least 15 minutes before you vacuum it, will help reduce the smells in your carpet.
Eliminate Odors from Hand
After preparing and washing fishes or other things that leave strong odor, then rinsing your hand with tea, will remove these odors.
Clean Glass and Mirrors
We usually use old newspaper to clean glass and mirrors and it is an effective way to have them sparkling clean. Tea solutions can also give you a clean and sparkling mirror and glass.
The instruction says to use two black tea bags and 1 cup (1/4 liter) of boiling water to prepare the tea. Once it has cooled down, soak a soft cloth into the tea solution, wring out the excess tea and use it to clean mirrors and glass. Once you are done, buff the glass or mirror with a dry cloth.
Although it works, this takes a bit more effort than using old newspaper and I will probably just stick to that regime.
Restore Color to Your Black Clothing
My black tee shirt tend to fade after several washes and to restore them I tried the following steps:
Wash and rinse clothe as usual; then soak it in a mixture of 1cup of strong tea to 4 cups of clean water. Leave it for 10 minutes, wring out the excess water and hang it out to dry.
I did not get a fully restored black tee shirt but will probably get it if I do this on a regular basis.
You can only use this method on clothes that are completely black and with no mixed colors otherwise the colored portion may be affected by the tea color. Use it on washable clothing only and not on apparels meant for dry cleaning.
Another advice on how to enhance the longevity of black clothing is to dry them out in the shade and not directly under the sun.
Use Tea to Clean Wooden Furniture and Flooring
The tannic acid in black tea can serve as a polishing agent that gives new shine to your wooden furniture and flooring.
Boil three black tea bags in 1 liter of water and once it has cooled, soak a soft cloth into this tea solution. Wring out to remove any excess liquid and wipe the hardwood flooring or wooden furniture. Repeat until you removed all dirt.
This seems to work however, if the solution is too strong, you might end up with a sticky floor or furniture. Hence, follow the instruction and do not use a strong solution.
Dye with Tea or Coffee
Giving Old Clothe a New Breath of Life
If you have a favorite white tee shirt that is no longer that fresh pure white any more, then you can recycle it with tea.
Try this on your inexpensive clothes first and if you like the results, then you can try on your other clothing to get the antique fashion look.
Use three black tea bags for every 2 cups (1/2 liter) of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. Allow it to cool before soaking your clothes in the mixture. Stir clothe as it is soaking to get an even staining. Leave it for at least 15 minutes before giving it a quick rinse in clean water. Then hang it out to dry.
The results will vary between a light coffee color to off-beige color depending on the material you used, the strength of your tea mixture, and how long you soaked your clothes in the solution. To get a darker shade, you have to soak it longer.
Another variation is to tie the tee shirt when soaking to get the tie-dye look.
When you next wash this 'revamped tee shirt', wash it separately from other clothing as the 'tea dye' color might run.
Tea Leaves as Fertilizer
My friend has been using tea leaves for his garden for years and he attest to its effectiveness. I tried this only recently.
It is probably because tea leaves are rich in nitrogen, which is required for plant growth and therefore, suitable as fertilizer for your outdoor as well as indoor plants. You can also use the balance of cooled brewed tea to water your plant.
If you mix these waste tea leaves with other organic wastes, you can turn it into compost or as potting mix.
Tea is also mildly acidic hence, it will be useful for plants that need acidic soil or if you need to neutralize basic soil.
Another use for tea leaves or tea brew is on rose plants to produce great and spectacular blooms.
Other Uses for Tea Leaves
I have not tried the following uses but I am sure there are effective and you may want to give it a try.
Tea leaves contain a good amount of nutrients and by adding the used tea bags or tea leaves to your water, you will enjoy tea bath or spa in the comfort of your home. Use green tea for this therapy.
If you use facial steamer as part of your beauty regime, try adding chamomile tea to your water solution to act as skin booster.
If you have acne, wash your face with green tea to reduce and cure acne.
Tea leaves can deodorize and because it is also antimicrobial, you can scatter used dried tea leaves into your cat litter box.
If you have a chance to visit tea plantation or have access to big quantity of tea leaves, then make a tea pillow. By stuffing tea leaves into a pillowcase and sleeping on it can relieves problems such as insomnia, headache and blood pressure. It can also act as sleep enhancer.
Tips From Readers - Update
The following are tips from readers on other ways to use used teabags or tea-leaves.
- From reader shami327, who uses teabags to wash and shine sink. It also removes any foul smell
- From reader Just Ask Susan, who use tea bags to cure eye sty that will disappear after several days of applications. She has been using this technique for years and it works.
You can read them in the comment section, below.
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