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49 Uses for Tea

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7. Get rid of fishy smells: Rinse your hands with tea after eating or preparing fish (or other stinky foods) to eliminate odors.

8. De-stink fridges: Instead of baking soda (or maybe in addition), try used tea bags in the fridge to absorb odors.

9. De-stink cat litter: Likewise, used tea leaves can help deodorize litter boxes when mixed into the litter. Dry, green tea leaves are recommended.

10. Prevent fleas: Tea is also rumored to help prevent fleas, so sprinkle some dry used tea leaves around pet bedding.

11. Kill dust mites: Carefully spray diluted black tea on the carpet to kill dust mites. Color-test the tea first in an inconspicuous spot. We’re a little skeptical of this one because dust mites like moisture, and we’re not sure that introducing more moisture to a carpet would kill them, but people say it works.

12. Clean the fireplace: Sprinkling wet tea leaves on fireplace ashes while scooping them out may help reduce blowing dust.

13. Make potpourri: The herbs and flowers in herbal tea bags may have run out of flavor, but they often still have a good scent. Dry out herbal tea bags and add to potpourri or scented sachets.

14. Make a car air freshener: Likewise, you can freshen up the car without a chemical-laden commercial air freshener. Put lavender tea or other soothing herbal tea in a bag under the seat to fight odors.

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15. Soothe a sunburn: Wet tea bags can soothe sunburns and other minor burns. For a full-body sunburn, soak in a tea bath.

16. Soothe tired eyes: Warm, wet tea bags can reduce puffiness and soothe pain around tired eyes and tea bags on your eyes look a little less ridiculous than cucumber slices.

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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

fun!!

5:48AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

thanks

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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