It seems like such a shame to throw away a used tea bag. Being the frugal, granola girl that I am I knew I could find other uses. It turns out there are so many benefits and practical ways to “tea-cycle” used tea bags in your healthy and healing home. Get the most out of your tea with these easy and helpful hacks:

Healthy Home

  1. Plant Water – Re-steep tea bags in hot water, cool and reserve tea to water your plants. 
  2. Floor Cleaner – Throw previously used tea bags in hot mop water. Let soak for a bit. Add essential oils like Purification, Citrus Fresh, Lemon, Pine, Thieves, or Orange to the water for a clean scent and added benefits. Use dark tea on dark floors and light teas on lighter colored floors.
  3. Dish De-greaser – Pre-soak dirty dishes in a sink of hot water with tea bags. The tea will help remove the grease. Wash dishes as normal.
  4. Toilet Bowl Cleaner – Dry used tea leaves, combine with baking soda and your favorite essential oils. Sprinkle scouring powder in toilet bowl. Let sit for 15-30 minutes. Scrub with toilet brush and flush.
  5. Glass Cleaner – Soak used tea bags in saucepan with 2 cups water on medium heat. Steep for 10 minutes. Cool. Pour tea in spray bottle with a few drops of essential oil. Add 1 Tbsp. of white vinegar if desired. Use on mirrors, windows, and other glass surfaces. 
  6. Carpet Freshener – Dry used tea leaves and combine with baking soda. Add essential oils. Sprinkle on carpets, rugs, and pet beds. Let sit for 30 minutes and then vacuum. 
  7. Diffuser – Add dried used tea leaves to a bowl/dish of pink Himalayan salt. Add your favorite essential oils. Stir the mixture every time you want to release the fragrance. Add more drops of essential oils when the scent has dissipated. 

Beauty

  1. Eye Comfort – Keep used tea bags in a container in the fridge. Help soothe tired, puffy eyes by placing a cool tea bag on closed eyelids. 
  2. Steam your pores – Fill glass bowl with hot water, used tea bags, and 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil. Hover over bowl with a towel tent. Breathe deeply and allow the moisture to penetrate your pores.
  3. Foot Soak – Fill basin with warm water, tea bags, and essential oils. Give your tootsies a relaxing treat.
  4. Bug Bite Soother – Keep a container of used tea bags in the fridge just in case. You never know when you might get a sting, bug bite, bruise, or burn. Help soothe tender skin by applying a cool tea bag directly to spot.
  5. Green Tea Face Mask – Mix honey with contents of used tea bag to make a paste. Add 1-2 drops of Lemon oil. Apply to face and let sit for 10 min. Rinse with warm water. Enjoy your glowing skin.
  6. Bath Soak – Add 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oils to used tea bag prior to adding to the warm water. 
  7. Face Toner – Re-steep used green tea bag(s) in hot water. Allow to cool. Combine tea with witch hazel and skin-supporting essential oils and pour in a glass spray bottle. Spray on face or on cotton ball and then wipe face. Store in the fridge.

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