Whether a cold evening or a pleasant morning, a cup of tea works just fine for everyone. Well, thanks to tea bags, this awesomely refreshing treat can be consumed in office spaces too. What do most of you do after brewing your own cup of goodness with the help of a tea bag? You discard the soggy tea bag! Maybe you shouldn’t do so anymore. Strange as it may sound, old tea bags can be used in multiple ways in and around your home. Here are 11 amazing benefits of tea bags you need to know of.
1. Treats Sunburn
Do not worry if instead of getting a nice tan on the beach, you sun-burnt your back. A tea bag can be highly effective in getting rid of the itchiness as well as flaky skin. The acid present in black tea possesses soothing properties, that help in getting rid of the excess heat due to sunburn. So, next time pack a tea bag along with your sunscreen while going to the beach.
2. Revitalizes Puffy Tired Eyes
All of us have those nights when we are too engrossed in completing the series, and the result is zombie-like puffy eyes the next day. The tannins present in black tea can energize your eyes, and also help in removing that extra baggage under your eyes. Store some used tea bags in an airtight jar, and refrigerate them. Grab your instant cool “Eye-lifters” whenever you have one of those lazy mornings.
3. Fixes Minor Burns
Black tea is packed with tannins that can soothe inflammations caused due to extremely high temperatures. It will help reduce the inflammation, relieve the pain, also prevent your skin from flaking. Treat the burn immediately by placing 2-3 refrigerated, wet tea bags to gauze the burn instantly. This can become very handy especially when you have kids at home.
4. Helps Get Rid Of Dandruff
Dandruff is one stubborn trouble that almost all of us face at some point in time. If you are done with spending money on expensive products, here is a simple solution – rinse your hair with tea. Steep your favorite tea for an hour before rinsing. A daily scalp massage with tea not only removes dandruff but also adds shine to your hair.
5. Removes Warts
Get rid of warts by placing a green tea bag on the affected area. You can secure it by wrapping a bandage on top of the tea bag. Antioxidants present in green tea, prevents warts from growing bigger. Replace the old tea bag with a new one after every 15 minutes. To increase the effects, you can even drink 2-3 cups of green tea every day to minimize the effects of human papilloma virus or HPV on your skin.
6. Freshens Your Stinky Shoes
Stinky shoes are a matter of deep embarrassment, especially when you are far away from the comfort of your own home. It doesn’t have to be a problem anymore. You can easily deodorize your smelly shoes by placing a tea bag in each shoe.The bags will absorb all the moisture and bad odor and make your shoes smell as fresh as new once again.
7. Acts As A Manure For Your Garden
If you love gardening, then tea bags should be your new best friends. Flaunt your gardening skills with this impressive re-use of tea bags. Tannins present in the tea are capable of lowering the pH levels of the soil. The lesser the pH level, fewer the chances of fungus accumulation at the plant roots. All you have to do is place the tea bag in the soil while sowing the seeds or planting a sapling. Your garden will be envied by all your neighbors.
8. Helps Cleanse The Dishes
Let’s face it, as adults, a big chunk of your life is wasted washing dishes (unless you can afford a maid). Cleaning dishes is no bed of roses, especially if you have burnt your pots and pans. This is where tea bags come to your rescue. Soak your dirty dishes overnight along with a few used tea bags. You will thank yourself the next day as tea bags would make the dishes less greasy, making it much easier to scrub off the grime.
9. Gets Rid Of Watermarks On Mirror
Mirrors are so difficult to clean, especially if they have got dried specks of water on them. If nothing else seems to do the trick, then turn to tea bags foe help. Get rid of those adamant water marks on your bathroom mirror by wiping it with a cloth soaked in brewed tea bags. Voila! Your mirror would shine like never before!
10. Shoos Off Odor From Hands
Those who are used to peeling shallots or chopping up onions would be way too familiar with the difficult feat of freeing your fingers from the pungent stink. Scrub your fingers with a wet tea bag along with your handwash to neutralize the stink to a great extent. You can even try soaking your hands in a warm solution of water and tea to remove the stubborn odor.
11. Avoids Sore Gums
Spoiler alert – you will end up looking funny with tea bags stuffed in your mouth! But who cares as long as it can bring you pain relief. Refrigerate 2-3 tea bags and place them inside your mouth, on the affected area to get instantly soothe your sore gums. They can also be used to reduce mouth inflammations and treat mouth ulcer.