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10 Savvy Ways to Repurpose Tea Bags

Herbal teas can be calming and soothing, while green, white and black teas are loaded with antioxidants that lend to good overall health. You may already know about the amazing health benefits of tea, but did you know that tea bags can be used for cleaning, deodorizing, beauty and more?

Here are 10 smart, savvy ways to repurpose tea bags and get more from your daily cuppa! Also, don’t forget to sign up for SideMoney to earn free points that can be redeemed for gift cards to your favorite retailers, including Starbucks!

1. Meat Tenderizer

Instead of violently pounding steaks and chicken breasts using a meat tenderizer mallet, go the gentle route using tea bags. The tannins in black teas can soften meat naturally while adding subtle flavor. Before cooking meat, marinate it in black tea for at least two hours for the best results.

2. Hand Deodorizer

Rub used tea bags between your hands to eliminate smells such as garlic, onions and fish, which can linger for hours afterward. The tea will absorb foul odors and leave your hands smelling fresh.

3. Shoe Deodorizer

If smelly shoes are violating your entryway or closet, place two to three unused tea bags into each shoe. In a few days your shoes will smell fresher thanks to the absorbing qualities of tea.

4. Under-eye Circle Treatment

White, green and black teas contain caffeine, tannins and antioxidants that help reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles. If fatigue, stress or illness has led to under-eye bags, place a warm, used tea bag over each eye for 15 minutes. The tea’s natural compounds will help reduce puffiness and improve circulation to make under-eye bags less noticeable.

5. Fertilizer

Used tea bags contain nutrients and tannins that naturally improve soil quality as they decompose. Start adding brewed tea bags to the soil of acid-loving plants such as ferns and rosebushes. The natural tannins in tea will increase the soil’s acidity and help acid-loving plants thrive.

6. Glass Cleaner

Tannins found in black teas have high acidity levels, and are effective at fighting grease and bacteria. Soak dirty glassware and dishes in hot water with black tea bags, then wash and rinse later to remove tough grease and grime.

7.  Hardwood Floor and Furniture Stainer

Black teas can restore color to hardwood floors and furniture, and fill in tiny scuffs and scratches. Soak black tea bags in warm water and use to mop floors, or mix with equal parts water and white vinegar to permanently stain furniture.

8. Pimple Remedy

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, catechins and other nutrients that balance the natural pH of your skin and address acne. Try pressing a warm, used green tea bag against your skin to bring small, premature pimples to the surface. If you’ve recently popped a pimple, press a green tea bag to your skin to reduce redness.

9. Bath Soak

The natural compounds in green tea can help relieve stress and muscle aches while also improving your skin health. Add at least five green tea bags to your next hot bath, and benefit from its calming and soothing healing properties.

10. Dust Catcher

Cleaning the ashes from your fireplace can be a messy job, but wet tea leaves can make your job a whole lot easier. Open used tea bags and scatter the wet tea leaves on top of the ashes in your fireplace. This prevents the dust from lifting and settling onto nearby floors, carpets and furniture.

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