Monday, December 8, 2014

Tea Tips: Infuse and Reuse!

Time for some more great ways to use tea leaves after drinking it!

Before dumping used tea leaves in the organics waste or better yet your garden composter, you can extend their life by freshening up places in your home. After you've enjoyed several infusions of your tea, take the leaves and spread them evenly on a flat surface and allow them to dry. Once dried, use them much as you would baking soda to collect food odors in your fridge or other places to clear the air. Here are a few suggestions for you to try:

Fridge: Place tea leaves in an open container to absorb food odors. I leave mine in the fridge for a few days before throwing them into the organics waste basket.

Sneakers: Throw some tea leaves into your running shoes. About a ½ an hour or even a few hours before you’re ready to wear them again for your next run should help.

Cat Litter: If you have a cat, the litter is the perfect place to dump some used tea leaves. They won’t harm your kitty either.

Carpet: Freshen up your carpet by sprinkling tea leaves on it for about 20 minutes. Then vacuum as normal.

Wooden Cutting Board: Place tea leaves onto your cutting board to absorb traces of food smells that have been chopped on it. A ½ an hour should do the trick.

Of course, there are many other places you could reuse tea leaves to absorb odors. You can also reuse tea bags. Once they've dried-up, rip open the bags and use the leaves as described. Try a fragrant tea such as Earl Grey or Jasmine to add a lovely scent. 

Dragonwell tea in my fridge.

Using tea leaves as an odor absorbing agent is environmentally friendly, economical, and a great way to increase the longevity of tea leaves before discarding them.  Try it out for yourself! Remember, these are USED tea leaves that have already been infused for drinking. Don’t waste perfectly good tea leaves intended for drinking. Infuse and reuse!

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