Psst! They aren’t destined for the trash just yet.
Love drinking tea? So do your plants. Mix some tea into your gardening soil to repel pests and help your plants grow healthily. Different types of tea offer different nutrients and benefits.
NEXT: Marinate your meats →
Boil some tea with your leftover tea bags to make a delicious marinade for your meats. Add cooking wine or other sauces for an even richer flavour.
NEXT: Or infuse your meats →
Tear the leftover teabags open and rub the tea leaves into your meats. Leave them overnight to let the flavours penetrate the meat, and brush away the tea leaves before cooking.
NEXT: Flavour your rice or pasta →
Place leftover bags of jasmine tea in in your rice cooker while steaming rice – or, do the same with your pasta in boiling water – to get fragrant, jasmine tea-infused rice.
NEXT: DIY air fresheners →
Leave leftover tea bags to dry and add your favourite essential oils to them for homemade air fresheners.
NEXT: Or make them into potpourri →
Or, if you’ve got enough used teabags, put them all into a bowl with essential oils to make fresh-smelling potpourri.
NEXT: Get rid of foot odours →
Boil some tea with the leftover tea bags, allow it to cool down and soak your feet in. The antioxidants found in tea can help nourish your skin and get rid of foot odours.
NEXT: Use it as a foot scrub →
And once you’re done soaking your feet, tear open the leftover tea bags and scrub the base of your feet with the leaves for smoother skin.
NEXT: Freshen up your fridge →
Fridge smelling slightly, um, sour? Adding some tea bags into your fridge helps to keep the bad smells at bay.
NEXT: Get rid of pests →
Drip some peppermint oil onto a used, dried tea bag and hang it inside food cupboards or any pest hotspots.
NEXT: Soothe skin irritations →
The next time your skin is inflamed or suffering from any sort of irritation, put some cool teabags onto your skin to calm it down.
NEXT: Get rid of bad breath →
Brew some weak tea and use it as a mouth wash. All the better if it’s peppermint tea!
NEXT: Make a glass cleaner with it →
Brew some weak tea and leave to cool before putting it into a spray bottle to use as a cleaning agent. Tea is surprisingly good at loosening grime and dirt!
NEXT: Rust-proof your iron cookware →
Wipe your skillet with a damp, used black tea bag after cooking. This creates a protective layer that prevents rust-causing oxidation – and it doesn’t interfere with the flavour of your masterchef dishes!
NEXT: Mix different tea bags for a delicious drink →
Be your own mixologist and create your very own drink. (We hear jasmine green tea pairs well with black tea!)
NEXT: Help your plants grow better →
By Atika Lim, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, December 2017
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