Everyone drinks tea or coffee, but not everyone knows that the tea bag can be reused. With just one of these, you can make a delicious marinade or clean your apartment completely.
Why you should not throw away tea bags
When asked how to properly use tea bags, most hostesses will answer: make tea and throw it away. However, few people know why they should not be thrown away. At the very least, they can be used in cleaning. They’re great for getting rid of grease on dishes – put the used tea bags in the sink, pre-fill them with warm water, and put dirty plates in the same place. The compounds in the tea can cope with grease as well as any commercial dishwashing detergent, but they don’t use as many chemicals.
How to use tea bags in an unusual way
Experienced housewives say that if you marinate meat, putting a few tea bags in the marinade, they will give the dish a spicy taste and incredibly appetizing aroma. In addition, the tannins contained in the tea will help soften the fibers of the meat, which is especially important when cooking beef.
Tea bags will also help to achieve the perfect flavor when cooking sprats at home. In order to cook homemade sprats, you need to brew 3 bags of black tea in one glass and let stand for 15-20 minutes, then put the fish (sardines, sprat, and other small fish) in a pan in even layers and pour the tea brew over them. Then add there a cube of chicken broth and 100 grams of vegetable oil, and then stew the fish until the liquid evaporates completely. Usually, it takes about 40-60 minutes. This recipe will definitely not leave your family and guests indifferent.
Some hostesses put tea bags in the water in which the garnish will be cooked. So, you can put them in a pot before the water boils, and then take them out and boil rice, pasta, or oatmeal in this water. The taste of your dish will not seem ordinary and boring.
In addition, tea bags can also be used for creativity. Wet, they’re perfect for aging sheets or giving them a more “rarity” look. Note that the tea will lighten as it dries, so make sure the color is dark during application. By the way, in order to see the result faster, you can dry the paper with a hair dryer.
Reusing the tea bags
Since we’re talking about cleaning above, let’s look at a few uses for tea bags in this process. As it turned out, they can be useful for cleaning the toilet bowl – if you put a few used tea bags in it and then wipe it with a damp cloth, the plumbing will shine with cleanliness. Note, if you leave the bags in the toilet for a long time, they can leave stains, which will be harder to get rid of.
In addition, used tea bags will be a good tool for cleaning carpets, windows, and mirrors. To bring the carpet back to a well-groomed look, simply pour the contents of the sachet into a saucer and wait until the tea leaves are almost completely dry. Then sprinkle the tea on the dirt and vacuum the carpet.
As for mirrors and windows, the tea bag can be used to make them shiny. Wipe the surface of the mirror or window with the damp tea bags, then go over it with a soft cloth to remove excess moisture. And to avoid streaks, we suggest wiping the mirror or window dry with a microfiber cloth.
Few people know, but a used tea bag can also be used for health purposes. It can be put on a mosquito bite – the redness and swelling will not leave a trace.
In addition, used tea bags can help get rid of fatigue and bags under the eyes. To do this, put cold, but not too wet tea bags on your eyes for 15-20 minutes. Make sure the tea is free of additives and brewed without sugar to avoid a sticky feeling.