C.S. Lewis once said, “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” If coffee is associated with jolting you awake, then tea is known for soothing relaxation. However, after you’ve had your zen-filled cup of tea, what do you do with the leftovers? Before you ditch those tea leaves, check out some ways you can recycle those green leaves of goodness.
The tea lovers at Yahoo! Shine blog have compiled a fabulous list of things to do with tea… other than drinking it.
1. Clean your carpet: You can use dried up, used green tea leaves as a carpet freshener of sorts. Just sprinkle the leaves around your carpet, let them sit for 10 minutes or so, and then vacuum them up!
2. Make your wood floors shine: Black tea has tannins that help shine and put the color back in hardwood floors. Carefully rub some brewed tea into the floor during your regular cleaning routine and let that air dry. Try not to use too much water as that could be bad for your floor.
3. Polish your wood furniture: Those same tannins making your floor look awesome can help re-color light spots and scratches in the wood surface of your grandma’s antique wood cabinet. Dab a soft cloth in a little strong tea and wipe down the furniture. Experts say use orange pekoe tea.
4. Clean mirrors and windows: Put down the newspaper, a damp tea bag can remove some of those pesky fingerprints from glass.
5. Tackle toilet stains: If you love organic cleaning products over the harsh chemicals, you’ll love leaving tea leaves in your toilet for a few hours. Just flush them away after a few hours, brush the bowl, and watch those icky stains disappear.
6. Take the sting out of a sunburn: Cool chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory qualities that will chill out your sunburn.
7. Soothe tired eyes: Put away those silly cucumber slices. Warm, damp tea bags do wonders on puffy eyes.
8. Soothe bleeding gums: After getting those wisdom teeth pulled or your child looses a tooth, grab a cool, wet tea bag in the spot where you lost a tooth and bite down gently. Those tannins will help the blood to clot and soothe the pain.
9. Shine dry hair: If your hair looks a bit like straw, rinse your hair with brewed, unsweetened tea and let it air dry for a bit. Rinse it again with water. Your hair will thank you.
10. Tenderize meat: Black tea is a fabulous marinade for tough meat. Your steak will be tender and flavorful.