10 Uses of Used Tea Bag You’ve Never Seen

By November 10, 2016

Many people have already read so many articles about the uses of tea and tea bags. Actually you can do a lot of more things with your old tea bags. And here are the 10 genius uses of old tea bags that you would like to try for sure. And I bet you never seen these on Buzzfeed or Pinterest.

  • Feed your flower

Used tea bags can be rebrewed for 3~4 times(how many times can you use a tea bag?). Rebrew used bags in a bucket of boiling water and use the resulting weak tea to water your garden. And weak tea protects them from fungal infections. You can also cut the tea bags open then use the tea ashes as excellent cheap fertilizer.


  • Shine your mirrors

Mirror mirror on the wall, how to make you shine like before?  Ting, brew a pot of strong tea, let it cool, and then use it to clean your mirrors. Dampen a soft cloth in the tea and wipe it all over the surface of the mirrors. Then buff with a soft, dry cloth for a sparkly, streak-free shine.

  • Worms repellent

Light the dried used tea bags with small fire, the smoke would be a eco-friendly natural worms repellent. Although its effect won’t last for long but this is an ancient Chinese way of people use to repel bugs and pray to the god. They believe the smoke of fire represent their fortune and fate, the bigger the better.


  • DIY air fresher

Air dry your used tea bags on the outside, cut the tea bags to let the tea powders be exposed to the air. The tea powder absorbs bad air and give your ice box a natural herbal aroma.

  • Kills bacteria

 Green tea contains compounds that appear to control inflammation and fight bacterial infection. Usually people use it on for disinfecting sensitive skin or nails, while using weak tea soup  it would wipe off the bad smell of your oily hand at the same time.

  • Renew woodwork

Re-steep your used tea bags in cold water to make a weak tea. Use this mixture to scrub linoleum or counter tops. Additionally, use the teabags to rub furniture and floor scratches to make them disappear. Why not the first time tea soup? The first time tea soup can be strong and it may leaves a bad color on your bright color furniture. 


  • Vintage antiques

Soak new photos or white shirt in a tea bath to create an antique beige, ecru, or ivory look. Use 3 used tea bags for every 2 cups of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes before soaking the material for 10 minutes or more. The longer you let it soak, the darker the shade you will get. This can be a a wonderful way to create fake old photos, a natural Photoshop.

  • Hair conditioner

To give a natural shine to dry hair, use a quart (liter) of warm, unsweetened tea (freshly brewed or instant) as a final rinse after your regular shampoo. This will make your hair shiner and lighter which could add you much more volume.


  • Heal a bruise

Ruptured capillaries, the smallest blood vessels in the body, create bruises. The tannins will constrict blood vessels which will stop the blood flow that causes bruising.

  • Kill dust mites

Carefully spray diluted black tea on the carpet to kill dust mites. Color-test the tea first in an inconspicuous spot. Or you can simply use a weak tea soup while doing the wiping or mopping.

If you have other great uses of used tea bag please leave us a comment, I’ll be more than happy to share your wisdom and add it to this article with your name :-)

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