Household Uses for Used Tea Leaves
Tea leaves make a delicious beverage, add flavor as a culinary ingredient, have many health benefits and much more. Today I will share 10 Household Uses for your used tea leaves that you may not know.
1. Deodorizing: Tea leaves absorb odors, which is why it’s important that your tea be stored in a sealed container away from items such as spices. On the flip-side this means that you can put your dried used tea leaves in your refrigerator, shoe closet, car, cat litter, etc. and it will help remove unpleasant odors. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to used dry tea bags to create a DIY Air Freshener.
2. Hand Washing: Rinse your hands with tea after preparing onions, fish or other foods to remove the aroma from your skin.
3. Shine Your Mirrors and Windows: Steep a pot of strong tea, then let it cool and use it to clean mirrors and windows so they will sparkle and shine.
4. Clean Carpets: Dirty, musty carpets can be cleaned by sprinkling dry, used (preferably green) tea leaves on them. Let them work their magic for about 10 minutes, then vacuum them up.
5. Tackle Toilet Stains: Leave used tea leaves in the toilet for 2+ hours, then brush the bowl like normal and flush. The stains should be gone.
6. Fireplace Ash Dust: Control the dust that rises when cleaning the ashes our of your fireplace by sprinkling wet used tea leaves over the area. The tea will keep the ashes from spreading as you remove them.
7. Clean Wood Floors and Furniture: Freshly steeped tea works great when cleaning wood floors and furniture. Steep the tea leaves and let it cool. Wet a soft cloth and wring out the excess liquid. Use it to wipe away dirt and grime. Buff dry with a clean, soft cloth and enjoy the shine.
8. Degrease Dirty Dishes: Soak your dishes in warm water with a couple of used tea bags. It will break-up the grease without having to add harsh chemicals. It will also loosen any stuck on food and save you from excess scrubbing.
9. Deodorize Kitchen Utensils and Cutting Boards: Rub used tea leaves on your cutting boards and utensils after using them to cut up strong smelling foods, like onions or fish. The tea leaves will deodorize them and sterilize them through the antibacterial properties of camellia sinensis (the plant that all teas come from).
10. Prevent Rust in Cast-Iron Pots and Pans: Rub your cast-irons kitchenware with used tea leaves. The antioxidants in tea react with iron and form a protective film that prevents the formation of rust.