Don't toss your old tea bag out! The magic of tea extends beyond making a nice hot cup of heaven before bed. You can soothe a flaming hot sunburn or even grow pretty roses with your tea's leftovers.
Relieve A SunburnBlack tea has tannic acid which is known to have astringent and soothing properties. A nice cool tea bag can help calm down the heat of a sunburn, which is the first step in the healing process.
Rejuvenate Tired EyesTannins in black tea have a calming and soothing affect on puffy eyes. The next time you make a cup of tea, store the used tea bag in a tightly covered jar in the fridge for no more than a few days. That will make it easier to grab a nice cool tea bag when you wake up with puffy eyes in the morning.
Soothe Minor BurnsThe same tannins in black tea that work on puffy eyes also help soothe the hot inflammation caused by accidental burns in the kitchen. You can easily use the same tea bags you are storing in the fridge for puffy eyes.
Herbal Hair RinseThere are quite a few benefits to doing a tea rinse, from dandruff control to added shine. Try doing a daily scalp massage with your favorite cup of tea that has been steeping for at least an hour. Learn some more benefits of tea rinses here.
Shrink A WartDid you know that the antioxidants in green tea can prevent warts from growing? Put a cooled tea bag on top of the wart and secure it in place with an ace wrap bandage. After 15 minutes, replace it with a fresh tea bag and keep it on for another 15 minutes. In a few days, the wart should turn black and fall off.
Freshen Up Smelly ShoesFace it, everyone's feet can get a little bit stinky sometimes. When your foot is sweating inside a cramped shoe all day, that shoe can start to smell. Here comes a tea bag to the rescue! Only this time, you aren't going to brew it. Dry tea bags are great at absorbing the odors out of your shoe.
Give Your Roses A BoostThe tannic acid in tea leaves lowers the pH of soil. A lower pH helps prevents fungus growth around the base of the plant, while also helping the bush to grow beautiful rosebuds. Place a tea bag or tea leaves in the soil after pruning the plant, and wait for it to bloom.
De-grime Your DishesRemove tough baked-on grime by soaking dishes overnight with a few tea bags. They'll be much easier to clean the next morning when you wake up.
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Clean Your MirrorTo get a sparkling clean mirror, brew a few tea bags and then soak a cloth in the cooled tea. Wipe your mirror, and watch yourself shine!
Remove Odor From Your HandsCutting and chopping onions, garlic, and other strong smelling foods can do a real number on your hands or under your fingernails. Try washing your hands with tea bags to help remove some of that odor.
Soothe Sore GumsTea bags can be used in the same way as a gauze pad after oral surgery. The tannins in tea help to form a blood clot, which reduces swelling and bleeding.