Don’t throw away used tea bags: these are all the things you can do with them!

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We’ll reuse our tea bags from now on!

Whether you like it scalding hot or almost lukewarm; green or black: tea is something most people enjoy. Although we can have endless discussions about how long you should be leaving a tea bag in, we find it a bit of a waste to throw out a tea bag after only a single use. But did you know you can use tea bags for much more than giving your warm water some flavour?

Here are some ways to give your used tea bag a second life.

  • Flavour your oatmeal or pasta: It might sound a little strange, but adding a used tea bag to these foods can really enhance their flavours. Try adding orange, cinnamon or lemon tea bags to your oatmeal and adding green tea or mint tea bags to your pasta.
  • Use it to soothe the skin: The next time you’re taking a bath, try adding some used tea bags to the water. It’ll soothe your skin and also make it super soft and smooth!
  • Use it for whiter nails: Fill a bowl or bucket with warm water and add a few used bags of lemon tea to it along with a pinch of baking soda. Soak your hands in the water for a few minutes and your nails will become more white.
  • Remove bags under your eyes: Put a couple of warm (not hot!) tea bags beneath your eyes if you want to get rid of bags under your eyes. Relax for five minutes and the tea will take care of the rest.
  • Shiny hair: Add three or four tea bags to a bowl of warm water and let it soak for a while. After you’ve washed your hair with shampoo, use the tea water to rinse your hair with. Chamomile tea is great for all of you blondes out there, and black tea will work best for brunettes.
  • Get rid of onion or garlic smell: Have you just been slicing garlic or onions and have they left your hands all smelly? Rub a used tea bag over your hands. Do you want to get rid of the smell in your home? Boil a few tea bags together with a cinnamon stick. Your home will smell nice again in no time!
  • Clean a fireplace: Open up a few freshly used tea bags and spread the contents over the ash on the floor of your fireplace before cleaning it. The steam from the tea will make sure the ash doesn’t fly every which way and it will also mask the smell.

Read more: She dips a tea bag in a sink full of dirty dishes… You will too when you see why!

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