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7 Uses for Teabags You Won't Believe


Tea is not just for sipping. As we've stated in this blog before, there are many ways to cook with tea, beauty treatments that include tea, and multiple health benefits of tea.

But there are also some amazing "life hacks" to get the most out of drinking tea. In fact, you can watch Bretta as she shares some of them HERE and HERE.

Here are 7 uses, we think you will love:

Absorb Fridge Odors

Place two or three used teabags in a small bowl or container and place them in the back of your refrigerator. The tea bags will absorb those foul odors and keep your fridge smelling fresh. Change the bags about every 3 days.

Pot Plants with used teabags

Place used teabags at the bottom of the pot before you add the soil. The bags provide moisture and nutrients to the plant.

Shine leather shoes

Take a used, moist teabag and rub it is a circular motion over the leather portion of your shoes. Take a soft rag and buff the shoes until they achieve the shine you desire.

Repel rodents and insects

Rats, mice and other insect don't like the smell of peppermint, lemon, and cinnamon. Make tea with these rodent irritants and place the used teabags in places like the back of your pantry, under the kitchen sink or behind the refrigerator to repel these unwanted pests.

Polish wood surfaces

You make your wood surfaces shine by using a moist teabag to polish. After rubbing the teabag on a small area of the wood surface, use a soft cloth to dry and buff the surface.

Treat a sunburn

Black tea has been used for years to treat sunburns because of its high antioxidant content. Soak several tea bags in cool water and allow the water to darken substantially. Apply the tea bags directly to your skin or use a cloth soaked in the tea if you prefer. This should remove the heat and pain rather quickly.

Soak dirty pans

For stubborn burnt spots, fill a pan with hot water and a black tea bag. The tannic acid in the tea will help breakdown the grease.