Here’s Why You Should Not Throw Away Used Tea Bags

Prepackaged tea bags are a very convenient way of consuming  a tasty cup of tea. Drinking a cup of tea a day has many health benefits. Herbal teas have many anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and antibiotic properties.

Except for consuming tea, have you known that you can use the teabags for other purposes? So instead of throwing them away, you can use them in your gardening or your beauty regimen.

Here are the top 6 uses of used tea bags.

  1. Treat Mild Acne

Green tea bags are one of the best way to treat mild acne. This is due to the catechins in green tea that has antibacterial properties which help in the process of fighting acne-causing bacteria.

  1. Brew a cup of green tea and set the tea bag aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Place the used tea bag directly on the affected skin for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse off your skin with cool water.
  4. Do this twice daily until you have acne-free skin.
  1. Fight Aging Signs

Green tea has anti-aging and antioxidant properties that help improve skin complexion and elasticity. It even delays signs of skin aging, such as sagging skin, sun damage, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.

Due to its antioxidant and anti-aging properties green tea improves skin complexion and elasticity. In general, green tea delays the process of aging

  1. Transfer the contents of 2 used green tea bags into a bowl.
  2. Mix in 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey and a little lemon juice.
  3. Apply it on your face and neck area.
  4. Allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  5. Use this face mask once or twice a week.

Note: This face mask may not be suitable for people with sensitive skin.

  1. Eliminate Bad Breath

If you often have bad breath here is a solution for you: make a mix of peppermint and green tea bags and your breath will be fresh in a moment. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of these two types of teas will fight bad bacteria that causes bad breath.

  1. Steep 2 or 3 used tea bags in a cup of hot water for 10 to 15 minutes to brew a weak tea.
  2. Let the tea cool down.
  3. Mix in a few drops of tea tree oil.
  4. Use it as a mouthwash 2 times a day to fight bad breath.
  1. Make Your Hair Shiny

If you want to add shine to your hair or prevent problems with dry scalp and dandruff you should use black or green tea bags. Antioxidants present in these teas also promote hair growth.

  1. Rebrew 2 or 3 used tea bags in 2 cups of water and allow it to cool.
  2. After shampooing your hair, use the weak tea as a final hair rinse.
  3. Massage your scalp for 5 minutes, then rinse your hair with plain water.
  4. Allow your hair to air dry to enjoy smooth and shiny hair.
  5. Use this hair treatment 2 times a week.
  1. Soothe Puffy and Irritated Eyes

You can soothe puffy or irritated eyes with any kind of tea. The swelling around your eyes will be reduced due to the anti-irritant and antioxidant properties of the tea. Tiredness and inflammation will also be relieved.

  1. Put 2 used tea bags in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Lie down and put the chilled tea bags over your closed eyelids.
  3. Leave them in place for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Repeat a few times a day.
  1. Soothe Sunburns and Razor Burns

Sunburns and razor burns can be calmed by applying green teabags. Green tea contains tannins with astringent and mild anesthetic properties that can help combat itching and pain.

  1. Put 10 to 12 used green tea bags in your bathwater.
  2. Soak in this healing water for about 20 minutes.
  3. Do this once daily for a few days.

You can also try used chamomile tea bags for their anti-inflammatory qualities.

  1. Fight Toenail Fungus

Used teabags can be also used in treating toenail fungus. The tannins in tea help kill the fungi responsible for fungal infections, while its antibiotic and astringent properties relieve symptoms like burning sensations, swelling and skin irritation.

  1. Chill some used tea bags in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Put the cold tea bags on the affected toenails for 15 minutes.
  3. Use this remedy 2 or 3 times daily until the infection clears up completely.
  1. Skin Exfoliation

The slight rough texture of the contents of used tea bags is great for exfoliating your skin. This helps get rid of dead skin cells, dirt and other impurities.

Plus, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe your skin and give your skin an incredible glow.

  1. Transfer the contents of 1 or 2 used green tea bags into a bowl.
  2. Add a little olive oil and honey to make a paste.
  3. Apply it on your face and neck and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Gently rub off the paste using circular motions.
  5. Rinse off your skin with warm water.
  6. Use this facial scrub once or twice a week.

9. Protect plants from pests and infections

Whether you grow plants in pots or lush green gardens, used tea bags can help keep pests and fungal infections at bay.

  • Make a mild brew from your used tea bags. Allow it to cool and transfer the solution into a spray bottle. Spray it on the leaves of your indoor or garden plants.
  • Also, place a few used teabags in the bottom of a pot. They help the soil retain water in addition to adding valuable nutrients to it.

10. Add to organic compost

As long as the bags are made of paper or muslin, rather than polypropylene, used tea bags can be composted to speed up the decomposition process in plant material. They also encourage friendly bacteria to grow, which helps prevent fungal and pest problems.

Collect your used bags in a jar and add them to your compost at your convenience.

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