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Alicia W
Alicia W
  • Hometalker
  • Middletown, PA

Six Ways to Use Tea Around Your House

3 Materials
$9
20 Minutes
Easy

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.

six ways to use tea around your house
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.
six ways to use tea around your house
Tip #1 - Cleaning your hardwood floors with black tea.

To a boiling quart of water, add 6 tea bags.
Seep for 10 minutes.
six ways to use tea around your house
Remove the tea bags and pour the tea into a bucket.
Add a quart of plain water to the bucket.
six ways to use tea around your house
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.
six ways to use tea around your 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.
six ways to use tea around your house
Pour into a spray bottle.
six ways to use tea around your house
Liberally spray the mirror with the tea and wipe with a soft cloth.
Your mirrors are sparkling clean and it leave a nice aroma.
six ways to use tea around your house
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.
six ways to use tea around your house
Scrub the bowl and flush the tea and bags down the drain.
six ways to use tea around your house
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.
six ways to use tea around your house
Place the plate in your fridge.
Remove after one month and replace.
six ways to use tea around your house
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.
six ways to use tea around your house
Vacuum the rug throughly.
This not only freshens your rug but your room and your vacuum as well.
six ways to use tea around your house
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.

Suggested materials:

  • Green tea  (Grocery store)
  • Black tea  (Grocery store)
  • Mint tea  (Grocery store)

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3 of 5 questions
  • Ard7370318
    on Jul 25, 2017

    Thank you for all the great household uses for tea but I was wondering what effect this would have on pets? I know coffee and beer are dangerous for dogs and some scents are dangerous for both dogs and cats while some aren't.

    • Deanna Nassar
      on Jul 25, 2017

      As with any food or medicine; different things will affect pets. I've had cats and small dogs lick ice cream cartons clean with no problem but hear it's not good for them. I'd say keep it out of reach in a closed container. Most all uses here are cleaned up after use. Unless your pet likes to lick floor a lot. I doubt it will bother most. If using already brewed bags, place in oven on low heat to dry out before storing.

  • Helen Stephens
    on Sep 10, 2017

    What can be used as tubing to make outside hanging chimrs

  • Judy
    on Sep 11, 2017

    OK! I'm a bug freak. Are these NOT going to attract bugs?

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  • Ivory
    on Aug 1, 2017

    wow, I had no idea all these wonderful things that can be done with tea. I for sure will be using these ideas in my daily household cleaning. Thank you so much.

  • Jba29047035
    on Sep 5, 2017

    Mint tea is a great insecticide. Just brew and spray.

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