Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Household Hero: TEA

10 tricks for fresh and used tea leaves (#6 is my favorite!) 

1. Relieve Tired or Puffy Eyes
Give relief to your tired, aching, or puffy eyes by soaking two tea bags in warm water. Then place the bags over your closed eyes for about 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea will reduce puffiness and soothe tired eyes.

2. Dry A Poison Ivy Rash
With strongly brewed tea you can dry a weeping poison ivy rash. Just dip a cotton ball into the tea, dab it on the affected area, and let it air dry. You can repeat this process as necessary.

3. Stop Foot Odor!
No more smelly feet, give them a daily tea bath. Soak you feet in a strongly brewed tea bath each night for about 20 minutes and live a stinky feet free life!

4. Shine Your Mirrors
Brew a pot of strong tea and use it to clean your mirrors. Dampen a soft cloth in the tea and wipe it over the mirrors surface, then buff with a soft, dry cloth for a streak free shine!

5. Clean Wood Furniture and Floors
A gental and natural way to clean wood furniture and floors is by using freshly brewed tea. Just boil a couple of tea bags in a liter of water and let it cool. Dip a soft cloth in the tea, wring out excess and use it to wipe away dirt and grime. Dry with a clean, soft, dry cloth.

6. Give cloth an antiqued look. 
Soak white lace or garments in a tea bath to create and antiqued ivory look. Use 3 tea bags for  every 2 cups of boiling water and steep for 20 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes and then soak material for 10 minutes or more. The longer you soak the darker the color you will get. This is a great way to hide stains on table linens or just to transform old linens to something different. Use colored herbal tea for light reds or blues!

7. Make a Sachet
You can make a sachet with dried tea leaves from your favorite herbal teas. Just open a few used herbal tea bags and spread the wet tea on some old newspaper to dry. Once dry, use the tea to stuff your sachet. 

8. Give your Rose Garden a Boost 
Sprinkle new or used tea leaves (you can use bags too) around the base of your plants, cover with mulch. When your roses are watered the nutrients from the tea will be released into the soil. Roses especially love this trick because of the tannic acid in the tea. 

9. Feed your Ferns
Ferns like an occasional tea time. Every so often, water your ferns with brewed tea, your ferns will thank you by looking lush and exuberant.

10. Prepare your pots for planting
For healthier potted plants, place a few used tea bags at the bottom of the pot, at the drainage layer. The tea bags will retain water and leach nutrients to the soil.

There you have it my friends, 10 wonderful ways to make use of the tea in your cupboard! Of coarse you can always drink your tea too, that's always an enjoyable option :) 

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