What Can You Do With Your Leftover Tea Bags?
- Tips and How To's
If you drink a lot of tea, it means you go through many tea bags every day. Although most tea bags are biodegradable, and therefore environmentally friendly, it may still seem like a waste to deposit all of those bags into the trash bin. If you want to get the most out of your tea bags before disposing of them, try out one of these six ways reuse them.
1. Hair Treatment
After you brew a carafe of green or black tea in your Mr. Coffee® Hot Tea Maker, make a second, weaker batch. Use this to condition your hair after you've washed it with shampoo. This will help to naturally nourish your scalp and hair follicles.
2. Foot Bath
Want to soothe and refresh your tired feet? Keep a few of your used tea bags and place them in the bottom of a clean bucket that is big enough for soaking feet. Fill the bucket with hot water - but not too hot! Then dip your toes in and soak for 30 minutes or until the water cools. It's a relaxing way to end the day and helps eliminates foot odor and pampers your tired tootsies.
3. Skin Soother
If you have an unsightly abrasion or bruise, try pressing a used tea bag against sore skin. Tea contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and open up blood and lymphatic flow, which may help you heal faster.
4. Gum Pain Pacifier
If you've just had your wisdom teeth pulled, you can use a tea bag to staunch bleeding gums and reduce pain. It's a safe way to promote faster healing and reduce inflammation.
5. Wrinkle Reducer
Need a spa break, but don't have a lot of time? Soak two tea bags for a few minutes, then place them over your closed eyes and lie down. Rest for 20 minutes before removing the bags again. You should see a noticeable reduction in the wrinkles and puffiness surrounding your eyes.
6. Soap Assister
If you have particularly tough stains on your hands, try rubbing a used tea bag on hands as you wash them. Combined with regular soap and water, the tea bag should remove most stains and odors from your palms and fingers.