Posted on: October 7, 2016 at 3:39 pm
Last updated: June 1, 2018 at 12:48 pm

I LOVE tea!…My mornings begin with a mug of green tea with spearmint. I brew chai tea in the afternoon. Ginger and honey tea is perfect for when my stomach feels queasy. I sip on black tea when I need a pick-me-up. My evenings close with a hot chamomile to help me sleep. Whenever I am in the mood, I bring some cinnamon, peppermint, or detox teas into my day.


The result is a lot of teabags. I go through a lot of them yet throwing them out feels like such a waste.

For those who are as teabag guilty as me, you don’t have to feel bad anymore. Here are multiple ways you can reap as many benefits from the bag than the tea!


The Tea Bag Fertilizer Trick

Gardeners everywhere are catching on to this great teabag trick- it’s a great way to provide nitrogen-rich nutrients to your homegrown herbs, fruits and veggies whether you’re using a compost or not. When planted, old teabags can also contribute some moisture to the soil.

To plant your teabags directly into your garden, first make sure the bag itself is compostable (ie. doesn’t have any plastic or waxy film on the paper). If it’s good to go, you can bury them a few inches into the soil near where you plan to plant. If the tea bag isn’t compostable, you can empty its contents into the soil and (unfortunately) throw out the bag. If you’re adding your teabags to a compost, be sure to check if the bag is compostable as well. If you’re unsure, you can always throw them in and wait a few weeks to check. If nothing has decomposed, you’ll need to empty the contents of the teabag.

For more tips, you can check out this site.

11 More Ingenious Uses for Teabags

  1. Relieves Sunburn – Black tea contains an acid that soothes the painful heat from sunburns. Press the cooled tea bag to the skin for instant relief.
  2. Rejuvenate Tired-Looking Eyes – Skip the coffee after a night of insomnia. Make a black tea instead, and rub the bags around your eyes. The tannins in the tea have a calming effect and can restore your skin!
  3. Ease Minor Burns – For those who sometimes burn themselves while making tea, myself included, the solution is right at your fingertips. Tannins in teabags soothe inflammation created by high heat. Press the cooled bag to the affected area. It will feel better right away.
  4. Hair Rinse – Pouring tea over your hair is very beneficial to your locks. It helps stop dandruff and adds a beautiful shine. In your next shower, scrub you scalp using your favorite tea that was steeped for at least an hour. Try it once, and you will definitely do it again!
  5. Warts – The antioxidants in green tea can stop warts from enlarging. Simply place a cooled tea bag on the wart and secure it with a bandage or medicine tape. Exchange for a new teabag after fifteen minutes. The wart should come off in a few days.
  6. Freshen Up Smelly Shoes – Don’t resign yourself to wear sneakers that smell like your last workout. Prevent the odor with a dry tea bag inserted in the shoe. It will absorb any nasty scent.
  7. Grow Beautiful Roses – Tannins in teas can reduce the pH levels of soil, preventing fungus from emerging around the base of the plant. The result is magnificent blooms. Simply place tea leaves or a bag around the soil of the plant.
  8. Clean Dishes – Grimy dishes? Don’t fret. Soak them overnight with a couple of teabags. This will ease the scrubbing for you the next morning.
  9. Remove Water Stains from Mirrors – The bathroom mirrors are always in the splash zone whether from vigorous face-washing, hair-drying, or teeth brushing. To fix this, brew a few tea bags and soak your rag with it. When you wipe your mirror, it will be flawlessly clean!
  10. Remove Odors from Hands – Chopping garlic or onions leave an unpleasant, smelly residue. Try washing your hands with teabags instead of a bar of soap. It will remove more of the odor.
  11. Sore Gums – One never appreciates how nice it is to have a pain-free mouth until their gums begin throbbing whether from a sickness or surgery. To soothe the agony, insert teabags into your mouth like gauze pads. The bags will help form a blot clot, reducing the bleeding and swelling.

Keep the Bags!

Store your used tea bags in a covered jar in the fridge to grab whenever you one. Once you start trying out these uses, you won’t understand how you lived without them!

All this talk of tea made me really in the mood for a cup.



Jenny Brown.She Never Tosses Old Teabags. Instead, She Plants Them Outside For Reason I Never Expected. Published: March 14, 2016. Accessed: October 6, 2016.

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