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We Tested It: Black Tea Glass Cleaner

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We Tested It: Black Tea Glass Cleaner

By Sayward Rebhal, Roofing Networx

Do-it-yourself cleaning and cosmetics have kind of become†my obsession my hobby. I think about how I used to slap down my cold hard cash for all those creepy chemicals, those toxins just sitting under my sink, with their smells that seemed to permeate my every pore. I remember the artificial aqua, the glowing neon green, such unnaturally bright colors. And Iíll never forget that cloying, eye-watering suffocation that came from cleaning a too-tiny bathroom with too many kinds of soaps and powders and pastes and bleaches. Oof.

I think back to those days and I canít help but smile. Because now, Iím spending mere pennies and my cleansers and cosmetics are good enough to eat Ė literally! And my house is just as clean as ever and my body is just as beautiful, and gosh, everything is so much more pleasant.

So itís kind of become a game for me, to find and test new ways of turning healthy wholesome food-based items into awesome and powerful multipurpose players in my cleaning and grooming adventures. Vinegar is an old favorite, an actor in everything from my countertop cleanser to†my laundry detergent to my hair conditioner. And baking soda is invaluable. It makes appearances in†my deodorant,†my toothpaste, and itís†all I use these days for shampoo.

But thatís nothing revolutionary. Any kitchen chemist worth their salt has seen these ingredients in action. What about life beyond†vinegar and†baking soda? What about that?

What about . . . tea? Super cheap and slightly acidic, tannin-rich tea just might be the next big untapped oil well in the game of†cleaning my Portland home. Itís all natural. Itís available everywhere. And best of all, itís effective!

Black tea is awesome in about a million and one ways, not the least of which is that it tastes great and keeps me going strong, but it also boasts an†impressive list of DIY prowess. For this particular project, Iíve put it to the test as a†glass and mirror cleaner.

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4:14PM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thank you

1:45AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

I'll give a try

9:46AM PST on Jan 28, 2013


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6:15PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing Chaya

8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Sounds interesting, one can always give this a try.

9:12PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Haha that's so random! Thanks for sharing. :) I wonder if it's because of the oxidation that black tea has undergone? Might be a factor.

12:20AM PST on Mar 11, 2012

I would not have thought of that.

11:14AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

I never would have thought about Black Tea to clean anything. I guess I will have to give it a try!! Thanks for the suggestion.

7:15PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Sounds deliciously not harmful!

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