Six Ways to Use Tea Around Your House

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20 Minutes

Here are six different ways to use three different teas - black, green, and mint.

You can use unused or used tea bags; however, in some of the tips, the tea must be dry. This is a great way to recycle your tea after you've enjoyed a spot of tea.

Did you know that tea is the second most popular beverage consumed right behind water? I would be willing to bet that you have tea in your cupboard right now and enjoy a cup of hot or iced tea from time to time.
Tip #1 - Cleaning your hardwood floors with black tea.

To a boiling quart of water, add 6 tea bags.
Seep for 10 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into a bucket.
Add a quart of plain water to the bucket.
Mop your floors.
This is only for hardwood floors. If you have laminate, do not use this tip.
As you can see, this was done on blonde wood floors and it did not stain or turn the floors a darker color.
It also added a nice aroma to the house.
Tip #2 - Clean mirrors with black tea.

Add one tea bag to one cup of boiling water.
Seep for 5 minutes.
Remove the tea bag and add ice.
Pour into a spray bottle.
Liberally spray the mirror with the tea and wipe with a soft cloth.
Your mirrors are sparkling clean and it leave a nice aroma.
Tip #3 - Clean your toliet with green tea.

Add two tea bags to your toilet bowl. You can use unused or used tea bags.
Allow to seep 10 minutes.
Scrub the bowl and flush the tea and bags down the drain.
Tip #4 - Absorb orders in your fridge with green tea.

Place two or three tea bags on a plate. You can use used or unused tea bags for this tip; however, the tea leaves must be dry.
Place the plate in your fridge.
Remove after one month and replace.
Tip #5 - Freshen your rug using mint tea

Open four to five tea bags and sprinkle the dry tea onto your rug.
You can use used or unused tea; however, the tea must be dry or it will stain your rug.
Allow the tea to sit a few minutes.
Vacuum the rug throughly.
This not only freshens your rug but your room and your vacuum as well.
Tip #6 - Freshen shoes using mint tea.

Place a tea bag inside of smelly shoes. The tea will absorb the odors.
You can use used or unused tea bags; however, the tea must be dry.
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  • Em
    on Jul 12, 2019

    What is in tea that makes it a good cleaner?

    • Robyn Garner
      on Jul 15, 2019


      "Tea bags are surprisingly effective for cleaning and removing stubborn grease and fingerprints from mirrors, windows, and even eyeglasses. Rub a damp tea bag over the glass surface, and wipe clean with a paper towel..."

      "It's been rumored that mice and other creepy-crawlies cannot stand the smell of peppermint. Place used bags of peppermint tea strategically throughout the home—for example, near doors and inside cabinets—to help repel unwanted creatures. Infuse the bags with a few drops of peppermint essential oil to strengthen the scent and drive away pests even more successfully."

      "If your dark leather loafers or boots are full of dirt, grime, and salt stains, you can clean and polish them with a few damp tea bags. Rub a tea bag over the leather using a circular motion, changing the bags out frequently to make sure that you remove all traces of dirt from the shoes. Finish by buffing..."

      "Mix up used tea bags or leaves in your compost pile to encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria. The tea leaves also hold moisture, which can help hasten the decomposition process."

      "...tannins in black tea bring out the natural shine of wood."

      "Tea bags can impart a lovely, antique tinge to paper and fabrics."

      "Tea bags can be a welcome ingredient in the preparation of lighter meats like chicken, turkey, and pork. Place several used tea bags, a cup of water, and your meat of choice into a zip-locked bag, and let marinate overnight. The tannins in the tea are a natural tenderizer that will also impart a subtle delicious flavor to the meat."

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  • Diane
    on Jul 12, 2019

    Not sure how it’s cleaner than just water?

  • Mark
    on Jul 13, 2019

    Hi Alicia, other than a nice smell what was the benefits of the tea on your wooden floors. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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  • Debbie Green
    on Jul 12, 2019

    Great ideas!

  • Merle
    on Jul 12, 2019

    Have actually used hot wet tea bags, after making tea to wipe down around the sink. Have used cloves to freshen carpets, mint tea will be a refreshing change. Thank you.

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