new uses for tea

now that i am composting, i am so happy knowing that my scraps will have a second life! one of the things i can compost is tea bags – which is awesome bcuz i drink a lot of tea. but according to this article, there are 15 more uses for tea!

  1. Clean carpets: Sprinkle used green tea leaves on the carpet for about 10 minutes, then vacuum them up. Delicate Persian and Oriental rugs can also benefit from a sprinkling of tea leaves. In this case, sprinkle nearly dry, used whole tea leaves on the rugs, and gently sweep them away.
  2. Shine wood floors: Follow your regular floor cleaning routine by carefully rubbing some brewed tea into the floor (don’t use too much water on hardwood flooring) and letting it air dry.
  3. Polish furniture: Dip a soft cloth in a small amount of strongly-brewed dark tea, and use it to wipe down scratched tables, chairs, and more to re-color light spots and scratches in wood surfaces and clean and shine wood furniture.
  4. Clean mirrors and windows: Simply rub a damp teabag on the glass or fill a spray bottle with brewed tea to remove stubborn, greasy fingerprints from glass and make it sparkle.
  5. Clean toilet stains: Just leave them in the toilet for several hours, then flush the toilet and brush away the stubborn stains in the bottom of the bowl.
  6. Soothe a sunburn: Tea can soothe sunburns and other minor burns. Dr. Oz suggests sponging sunburned skin with “cooled chamomile tea” for it’s anti-inflammatory effect. Don’t try this if skin is broken.
  7. Soothe tired eyes: Warm, wet tea bags can reduce puffiness and soothe pain around tired eyes.
  8. Soothe bleeding gums: After a tooth extraction or when an older child loses a tooth, try putting a cold, wet tea bag in the mouth where the tooth was lost and bite down on it. The tannic acid in tea helps healing blood clots to form and can reduce bleeding and soothe pain.
  9. Shine dry hair: Rinse with (unsweetened) brewed tea and leave to dry for a while, then rinse again with water.
  10. Improve skin: Herbal tea ingredients chamomile and calendula can help soothe dermatitis when prepared as a topical cream. Consult with a qualified health practitioner before using these remedies.
  11. Soothe acne: Washing your face with green tea or calendula flower tea.
  12. Tenderize meat: Marinate tough meat in black tea to make it more tender.
  13. Add to compost: Pouring strong tea into a compost bin will help speed up the process and encourage more friendly bacteria to grow, improving the compost.
  14. Help houseplants: Occasionally use brewed tea instead of water to feed ferns and other houseplants that like rich, acidic soil. Spread used tea leaves around rosebushes, then add mulch and water. The tannic acid and other nutrients will benefit the plants. A few used teabags in the bottom of a planter can help the soil retain water, and adds valuable nutrients.
  15. Dye fabrics: Green and black teas have long been used in dyes for fabric and paper, particularly for generating a beige, faux-antique look.

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read article on Yahoo! Green by Steve Graham from Hometalk: 15 new uses for tea

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