What to Do with Used Tea Bags?

By November 9, 2016

In most cases, most people would chuck the used tea bags into the trash, compost heap, or recycling bin; while, actually, there’re many interesting but useful ways to reuse the used tea bags, if you’re willing to do so. 

What to Do with Used Tea Bags

  • Brew Stronger Tea

If you enjoy strong tea, to reuse your used tea bags is a good option. But before that, you’ll need to store the tea bag in a moist medium as they’re preferrable to mold and bacteria once they get dried out. Surely, the best indicator is smell. If it smells funky, just trash it. Well, the best bet is to store them in a small shot glass filled with water. A tea bag can be reused one or two times. After that, it’s spent. 

Generally, for a stronger flavor, you could steep both used bags and one new tea bag, resulting slightly less strong than usual cup, but it’s perfect if you don’t need too much cafferine. 

brew tea


  • Freshen Up Your Fridge

You’ll surely happen to a nasty smells in fridge once in a while. So what’re the ways to get rid of that easily? Baking soda? How about placing a couple of used tea bags in an open container in your fridge? In my experience, it works well that the tea bags will soak up any unwanted odours laving your fridge smelling fresh and clean.


  • Rust-Free Iron Cookware

How to deal with the rusted iron cookwares? Using a steel wool to scour it? As an alternative to that, it will keep your cast iron cookware rust-free by wiping it with a damp, black used tea bag after every use, as the tannins in the tea will coat the pan with a protective layer that prevents oxidation, which causes rust. 

How to Do with Rusted Iron Cookware

  • Clean Glass and Dishes

How to remove the dirt, grime and fingerprints n glass? Spray weak tea, made from used tea bags, onto glass surfaces, such as windows and mirrors and then wipe with a lint-free cloth. 

As the tea will help break down the grease and food stains, dropping a two or three used tea bags in a sink full of dirty dishes and warm water for five minutes, that will help to clean dishes without too much scrubbing you’ll have to do.

Clean Glass with Weak Tea

  • Soak Your Feet

The same factors used above, when soaking your feet in warm water, adding some used tea bags can neutralize foot odors, soften calluses, and surely nourish your skin. 

Soak Feet with Used Tea Bags

What to do with used tea bags when getting to know these benefits of used tea bags? Will you trash them immediately? Think twice while making the final decision. 

If interested in an introduction on Where Did Tea Come From, please redirect to: https://www.ecooe.com/ecooe-life/tea-101-where-did-tea-come-from/


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