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49 Uses for Tea


44. Dye fabrics: Green and black teas have long been used in dyes for fabric and paper, particularly for generating a beige faux-antique look.

45. Paint with tea: Some artists use strong black tea to paint backgrounds or accents on black-and-white sketches.

46. Strengthen puppy pads: A footbath with strong black tea is rumored to help strengthen the pads of dog feet.

47. Repel mosquitoes: Burning tea leaves is said to repel mosquitoes with none of the side effects of chemical bug sprays.

48. Tell the future: “Reading the tea leaves” is more than a political expression. Telling fortunes in the pattern of tea leaves in an empty teacup is an ancient art that is still occasionally practiced. Here is a guide to reading tea leaves, with a list of common symbols and their meanings.

49. Self-analyze: Finally, leave it to the BBC to provide a handy guide to predicting personalities through a person’s used tea bag. I have to admit I am a “teabag left in mug” type.

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6:26AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

Simple and helpful

3:19PM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

I don't drink tea, but I can see it has its uses. I'll have to give a few a try.

4:34AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

good list! an ex of mine, his da put lining paper on the wall and colored it with used teabags to get that antique fade look as he has/had flint lock pistols on the walls. looked great!

3:51PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Wow, interesting list.

3:50PM PST on Dec 26, 2012

Wow, interesting list.

6:39PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Tea is awsome

1:13PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

bardzo ciekawe pomysły, znałam tylko niektóre

10:43AM PST on Dec 28, 2011


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1:00PM PST on Nov 7, 2011

I knew of some of these, but my goodness...I'll have to stock up on black tea! My mother used to use tea to dye her hair - so I know that one works for sure!

Thanks for all the good stuff.

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