Tea is by far the most popular beverage in the UK. Whether you can’t resist an iced rooibos, love green tea lattes or can’t get through the day without at least three cups of builders tea, it is safe to say you will not find a home in the UK without at least the most basic tea supplies taking pride of place next to the kettle.
With so much tea being drunk, a lot of loose tea and tea bags end up on rubbish heaps in all corners of the world – and although they will biodegrade, there are an unlimited range of things you can do around your home to recycle your tea.
But what can you do with your old tea and tea bags?
- Carpet cleaner: Use dried tea leaves to sprinkle on delicate carpets and rugs, before sweeping or vacuuming them up. The tea leaves will absorb excess moisture and neutralise bad smells.
- A cold compress: Tired eyes, bruises and sunburn can all be relived with a cool and moist tea bag over the area.
- A hot compress: Hot compresses work a lot better for fever blisters and warts. Place a warm and damp bag on the affected area and wait for the bag to draw out the infection.
- Making flavoured rice: Adding a couple of tea bags to your rice can add another dimension to the flavour of your meal. Add jasmine tea bags to boiling rice, for authentic jasmine rice.
- To paint: Brew old tea bags in different amounts of water to create a collection of different tea shaded paints. A child friendly, non-toxic product which is ideal for artificially aging history products or themed invitations.
- To remove grease from dirty dishes: Soak your greasy dishes in warm water with old tea bags. The tea will break through thick grease levels – especially when left over night, making it easier to clean come the morning.
- To infuse in the bath: Antioxidants can be absorbed through the skin, so taking a relaxing tea bath could help revitalise your body at the same time as helping you to relax.
- As plant Feed: Open your old tea bags and empty the contents at the base of your plants so the acidic tannins found in tea can assist the growth of the plant – tea is particularly good for roses and ferns.
- Natural hair cleaner: Using unsweetened brewed tea can work as a natural, leave in conditioner. Use in the shower or bath after your normal hair washing routine.
- Polish wooden floors: Tea is great for polishing wood. The colours of the tea compliments the colours of the wood and helps to bring out a proper shine.
- Odour eliminator: Leaving a cup of old tea bags in your bathroom, kitchen, fridge or even close to where you keep your cat litter could help to eliminate unwanted scents in the home.
- Soak your feet: Add your old tea bags to a foot bath and let the antioxidants in tea relax you and soften dry skin and calluses.
With so many things that can be done with tea, it is a great idea to store old tea bags ready to use for natural alternatives around the home. To store your tea bags ready to use as and when needed, store used bags in a sealed container in the fridge.