Tea for Ten: Ten uses for old tea bags

Frank Lillig

Many people drink tea for its health benefits.  Others may drink tea simply for its great taste—the  health stuff is just a bonus.  Here is a list of 10 uses for used tea bags.

  • For tired or injured eyes, soak an old tea bag in cold water and place it over your eyes.
  • Old tea bags can make a great marinade for any kind of meat.  Fill a plastic bag with a little water, and then add the tea bags and your meat. Let sit overnight.
  • Mix alcoholic or soft drinks with an old tea bag.  Brew the tea to mix with about half of your drink.
  • Clean the house.  Make a cold or hot brew and use it to wipe down floors and countertops.
  • Deodorize shoes, chests and closets with old tea bags.  Make sure the bags are dry and then let them sit for a while in odorous areas.  Replenish the bags as needed.
  • Let canker sores heal with time or soak a tea bag and bite down on it.  This will ease the pain and speed up the healing process.
  • Clear up sunburns or other body blemishes. Place a couple of tea bags in a hot bath or  let a tea bag steep in warm water and use it to clean your skin.
  • Used tea bags work well as fertilizer.  Tear them open and place them in potting soil or in a compost pile.
  • Old tea bags can be used in many artistic ways, because they can stain surfaces and leave  rich colors.  Soak them and set them on stationary, then use a wet brush and paint with it like watercolor.  Soak paper in tea to give it an antique look, and let it dry on a baking sheet.