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10 Incredible uses of tea bags

Here are a couple of ideas that will give your used teabags renewed usefulness before their trip to the garbage bin.

Home Remedies By Ariba Khaliq / Jun 12, 2014

Don’t Throw Those Used Tea Bags in the Garbage Bin Yet

Okay, so in quest of eliminating sodas from your life you have moved to drinking tea. That’s great, but along with their numerous health benefits, those used tea bags are a secret store of some valuable uses which you are throwing away. You can easily re-use those teabags for personal care, around the house jobs, and in the kitchen. Image Courtesy: Getty



To Tender the Meat

Who doesn’t enjoy a juicy and tender, grilled steak? But, we usually end up overcooking it and making it dry. Teabags can act your rescue rangers here; just marinate the meat in 4 tbsp of black tea boiled in a cup of hot water and strain. You could add other ingredients like onions, garlic, and stock to this marination too. After marinating, cook as per your convenience.  Image Courtesy: Getty



Prevent Your Cookware from Rusting

A simple solution to rust-proof your iron cookware is to rub the vessel with a damp, used tea bag. Make sure that you rub the tea bag on every area of the vessel. The oxidation and rusting is prevented by the tannins present in used tea bags. Image Courtesy: Getty



Cure Cuts and Bruises

When your child comes back home with a bruised knee and ankle from the school, simply press a used tea bag, moistened with water to the bruise for a couple of minutes. The tannins from the tea will compress blood vessels, stopping blood flow in turn. The wound will surely heal faster. Image Courtesy: Getty



Clean Your House

Your used tea bags are a free alternative to those little effective cleaning solutions that do little to wipe away the dirt from your mirrors, windows, and doors. Just boil a couple of used or new tea bags in a cup of water. Dip a soft, clean cloth in this solution and you are ready to make your house shine bright. Image Courtesy: Getty



Fertilise the Plants

Don’t forget to add used tea bags to your old waste of vegetables and fruit peels to go straight into your compost pile for your garden. The tea bags draw acid-causing bacteria towards the compost pile, preventing early decomposition and creating desirable acid-rich compost. Image Courtesy: Getty



Soothe Tired Eyes

Just place a chilled used tea bag over your eyes until the puffiness subsides. You can also use warm, wet teabags as a compress to soothe the pain caused by pinkeye. Bonus tip: Place teabags on your eyes for 15 minutes and reduce under eye circles. Image Courtesy: Getty



Relieve Sunburn

Throw in used tea bags into your bath water and soak your entire body in it for as long as you like. This healing water is a natural treatment for sunburns. Image Courtesy: Getty



Block a Minor Cut from Bleeding

When a kitchen injury strikes while slicing and dicing, halt the blood flow by saturating a black tea bag with hot water and then holding it against the injury for 30 seconds. The tannins in the tea will quickly clot the blood so you can cover the cut with a bandage. Image Courtesy: Getty



Alleviate Injection Pains

Wet a tea bag and place it over the area where your baby has been injected – the tannic acid present in tea will soothe the area, remove any soreness that may be present and speed up healing. Image Courtesy: Getty



Use as a Mouthwash

Peppermint tea solution works as a wonderful natural mouthwash, and is even more beneficial since it contains antiseptics and menthol, which help relieve pain and inflammation. Image Courtesy: Getty


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