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Incredible alternative uses of tea bags you didn’t know about

Brits still love a good cuppa! For many the idea of a soothing brew or detoxifying herbal tea puts a smile on our face.

Did you know tea bags aren’t just a one-use item? While you may not relish the idea of using the same bag to brew more than one cup of tea, there are still plenty of other uses….

1. Feed your garden

Rebrew used bags in a bucket of water and use the resulting weak tea to water your plants and protect them from fungus. Alternately, open up used tea bags and sprinkle the damp leaves around the base of your plants to fertilise the soil and deter garden pests like mice.

2. DIY air freshener

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to dry used tea bags and create air fresheners for your home, office, or car. Since most tea bags come with a string built in, hanging them is really easy. Once the oil wears off, simply add a few more drops to refresh, and tea leaves absorb odors!

3. Freshen up your fridge   

Place a couple of used tea bags in an open container in your fridge and let the tea bags natural moisture absorption soak up any unwanted odours.

4. Get your mirrors sparkling

Wipe your mirrors and windows with used tea bags, then buff dry with a clean soft cloth or paper towel. The tea’s tannic acid will leave the glass sparkling clean with no lingering chemical smell.

5. Skincare

Run your bath water over some used tea bags and have an indulgent, restoring, soak, that will leave you with impossibly soft skin. Any kind of tea will serve this purpose, but the antioxidants in green tea are particularly effective for hydrating your skin.

6. Tackle grease

Soak a dish, tray, or another object overnight with hot water and the tannins from the tea will break down the grease by morning.

7. Smelly cat litter

The antibacterial contents of tea bags will help neutralize the odor in your litter box, as well. Just sprinkle the dried out contents of a brewed tea bag into the kitty litter.

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