Gardening tip of the week. Recycle used tea bags.
Tea bags are not just for tea! You may not be English and have a cup of tea at various times throughout the day but many people do drink tea quite often. My daughter Jess spent a semester studying in the UK and she drinks tea all the time now. But don’t throw those used tea bags away! There are so many different ways to reuse a teabag (other than obviously making another cup). Here is my list of 15 ingenious ways to use tea bags in the home and garden. (affiliate link)
Here are some favorite gardening recycling tips for tea bags that you can incorporate into your tea drinking ritual.
- Wet, used tea bags are great for cleaning the leaves of household plants. Since the plants absorb the tea through the leaves, they get a real treat as well.
- Tea bags do wonders for the garden. They enrich the soil by increasing nitrogen levels, and also give earthworms (fertilizers) something yummy to eat. Just be sure to remove the tags first. They take a long time to break down and might be plastic coated.
- Add tea bags to a compost pile. This reduces garbage in general and adds nutrients to a compost pile. Remove the tags if they have staples in them.
- If you don’t have a compost pile, just steep a tea bag in water until the water slightly changes color, and then use the liquid to water your plants.
- You could even just bury the tea bag outside directly in the garden to add nutrients to the soil. Don’t worry-the tea bag will decompose. Note: Just be sure to remove the staple and tag it if has one. We don’t want that in the compost or soil next year!
Don’t have a garden? There are still lots of great uses for used tea bags:
- Soothe your tired eyes with a tea bag compress. Soak them in cold water first. The tea will rejuvenate your face, removing the redness and puffiness after a while.
- Flavor tough meat! use tea bags (or even leftover tea) to marinade your meat. The sweetness of the drink will add a savory taste to your dish and tenderize it too.
- Help with a canker sore. The tea’s healing properties will soothe the pain and make the sore go away faster. This method also helps when you have a pulled tooth by limiting the bleeding.
What other uses have you found for your tea bags?
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More Tips from readers of the blog: (thanks for your submissions!)
- Patti says: Strong tea is wonderful for sunburn. I burn very easily and have used tea all of my life.
- Edna Dabbs says: When you have cut use a wet tea bag to stop the bleeding.
- Martha says: I keep an empty ice cream bucket in my freezer and empty the used coffee grounds every morning. Once it is full, I put it outside to thaw and then fill with water and pour the grounds over my roses and vegetables. Been doing this for 35 yrs. No mold. Tea bags will do the same.
- Jacki Tigg Mathis says: When I was just beginning to breast feed my babies, I was very sore and the skin was broken on the nipples, I used warm tea bags and placed them over them for a while, I healed up in no time at all.
- Lynda says: Rubbing a wet teabag over legs and arm will give you an instant light suntan (you might need more than one) or pouring strong tea into your bath water will do the same.
- Dawn says: If you have a stinky foot odor problem ,soaking your feet in tea water helps ,Thank You Dr. Oz !
- Socialgal52 says: Lay wet tea bags on a sunburn to draw out the burn.
Thanks for the tips readers!
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