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5 ways to reuse brewed tea leaves
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5 ways to reuse brewed tea leaves

If you are reading this, then you are someone who loves teas and brews their favourite teas from Sublime House Of Tea. Did you know that tea comes from the mother plant Camellia Sinensis which is a bountiful plant that provides us with this delicious and healthy drink. Tea is a natural elixir that is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances as it contains tannic acid. Tea has become and always used to be a part of our daily diet. Now with green tea, oolong tea and other exotic teas such as blue pea tea, rose tea becoming more well-known and more often used, it is great for a healthier lifestyle. Now, when you have brewed your tea, if you just don’t want to throw those leaves away (which we recommend you don’t), there are multiple ways in which you can use them. It is beneficial for skincare, gardening, cleaning your house and more. Check out a few ways to reuse your brewed tea leaves in an eco-friendly way as a step towards sustainability and a better tomorrow.

#1: Make Your Own Fertilizer With Brewed Tea Leaves

As we know that teas are rich in tannic acid which makes it a great nutrient for not just us but also for our plants. One of the teas that is rich in tannic acid is Black Tea. The brewed tea leaves help in healthy growth of the plants plus they also act as an insect/bug repellent. It also helps keep rats away and from other fungal infections that plants may be affected by. As tea is highly acidic in nature, it adds nutrition to the compost which also helps speed up the process of decomposition. Take some brewed tea-leaves and add them to the potting soil, near the roots. You can also add brewed tea-leaves to the compost and get yourself an acid-rich, nourishing compost. Additionally, add steep brewed tea bags in hot water and then pour the tea in a spray bottle.

#2: Use Them To Clean Your Carpets

Cleaning carpets is a tedious process and sometimes quite expensive too. If you are tired of finding ways to clean your rugs and carpets, we have an eco-friendly solution for you. All you have to do is sun dry the brewed tea leaves on a tray or plate and once it is sun-dried, mix it with 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda to achieve a powdery mixture. Sprinkle the powder on your carpet and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Later vacuum your carpet or rug and it will not only clean your carpets and rugs but also leave it smelling fresh as new.

#3: Relieve tired and puffy eyes

With more time spent looking at screens, be it your laptop, mobile phone or TV, your eyes are the most affected. They look tired, thus resulting in puffy eyes with dark circles. One of the most budget friendly and effective solutions is to reuse brewed tea leaves. You can use any type of tea for this, but we recommend that you use black and green tea as they are highly rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Take the tea leaves and make into a small ball and press them on your palms. Keep them in the refrigerator and take them when they cool but haven’t lost their moisture.  Place them under your eyes and rest for 15-20 minutes. Remove and wash with water. You can also brew the used tea leaves and freeze them into ice-cubes and rub it around your eyes. Do this three or four times in a week for visible results.

#4: Treat Yourself With A Detoxifying Tea Bath

With an abundance of essential nutrients and antioxidants, tea is great both for your body and hair. A lot of brands use tea as an ingredient while making their beauty products. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is effective on minor cuts as well as sunburn. Enjoy a long bath with a detoxifying tea bath with brewed tea. Use teas such as green tea, oolong tea or herbal teas like chamomile and mint for a spa-like bath experience. Just drop the brewed tea in a tub or a bucket and  let them soak for a while in warm water. Add some drops of your favourite salt or essential oil and indulge yourself in a relaxing bath time.

#5: Use Brewed Tea Leaves To Clean Glass And Wooden Furniture

Brewed tea leaves is a very effective and natural cleaning solution for wooden furniture, mirrors and glass surfaces. To clean and polish wooden furniture, take some brewed tea leaves and let them boil in 500 ml of water for 2 minutes. Once the tea cools down, dip a clean cloth and clean the wooden furniture in circular motions. This helps in removing the dirt and also forms a protective film. Once done, polish the same area with a dry cloth. Now for mirrors and glass surfaces, use brewed tea leaves and once again brew a strong pot of tea. Let it cool down to room temperature and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray this tea solution on the glass surface and wipe it off with a cloth. After this, clean the surface with a separate dry cloth for the perfect sparkly shine. Plus, you can also clean your sink with this.

A small step towards sustainability leads to a better planet Earth and a better tomorrow. Check out our range of teas and enjoy not just drinking them but reusing them in a sustainable and eco-friendly way.

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