Tea makes an amazing beverage hot or cold. It also does a number of things such as serve as an antiseptic for wounds, a natural beauty product, and a kitchen deodorizer. There’s far more uses for tea than this list contains. It is, however, a starting point for you as you make the most out of everything you buy for your home this year.
Here are some additional ways to make the most of the tea you’ve bought:
- Give your linens a boost of freshness. Dried tea works like dried herbs by infusing its beautiful aroma into clothing. Select Earl Grey for its floral undertones, lavender or jasmine.
- Feed your houseplants. Have leftover tea that you don’t know what to do with? Give it to your ferns and houseplants. They’ll benefit from the extra acid.
- Fertilize roses. Brew your tea and then use the black or green leaves as food for your rosebushes. Scatter them around, add mulch and water to help them thrive.
- Condition your hair. Skip the store-bought beauty products and opt for something natural. Steep strong black or green tea and apply it to wet, shampooed hair. When hair is dry, rinse it out for soft, luxurious locks.
- Take the itch out of pink eye. Use a warm tea bag as a compress. It’ll take the itch right out of your eye(s).
- Cook with it. There’s so much you can do with tea! Use it to flavor soups and rice. Add matcha powder to desserts and dressings.
- Make your fridge fresh again. Keep dried tea leaves in a bowl in your fridge. They’ll help absorb odors.
- Tenderize meat. Pour black tea over meat and place it in the fridge to marinate it. It’ll make it tender and easier to eat.
Now you have even more reason to buy and use tea. Pay close attention to the different varieties that you choose as some types of tea work better than others to clean, disinfect, and flavor. Experiment with different combinations to see which works best for you and your home. You’ll be surprised at how much bang for your buck you get out of each little tea bag.