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15 Unbelievable Uses of Used Teabags You Didn’t Know Before

15 Unbelievable Uses of Used Teabags You Didn’t Know Before

You drink your tea every morning, and you probably throw out that used teabag mindlessly, as soon as you’ve finished your cuppa. But did you know there are many other uses for teabags? Try these 15 tips to get the most out of your morning tea.

1. It can be used to flavor your oats or pasta.

Before cooking your pasta, oats or rice, steep a couple bags of jasmine, green or chamomile tea in the water. Remove them just before you add the grains, to give a subtle flavour, while adding the nutritional benefits from the tea.

2. It can neutralize bad odors.

Stash used teabags in the fridge to zap unwanted odors. Dumping the contents of a used, dry teabag in a litter box or ashtray will also help remove bad smells.

3. It can deodorize smelly hands.

There are some smells that just don’t go away with soap. Get rid of pesky smells such as garlic or onion by scrubbing your hands with the contents of a used teabag. The antibacterial properties of the tea will leave your hands smelling nice and fresh in no time.

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4. It can be used to create a relaxing, anti-aging bath.

Throw some used tea bags in your bath water. The smell will relax you, and the antioxidants in the tea will keep your skin glowing and youthful, by protecting it against free radicals.

5. It works great as an all-natural mouth wash.

Steep some green or peppermint tea, and let it cool to room temperature to create a natural mouthwash. This is the perfect alternative to alcohol-based mouthwashes that burn your mouth.

6. It works well as hair conditioner.

Rinse your hair with weak tea after washing like normal while massaging the scalp. You will find that this brings volume to otherwise lifeless hair!

7. It can soften and deodorize feet.

Using green tea, prepare yourself a foot soak. Once the water is a bearable temperature, soak your feet. The green tea is naturally antibacterial, and will get rid of any smell. Once the water gets cold, dump out the contents of the teabags and exfoliate for refreshed, soft feet.

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8. It can minimize eye bags and dark circles.

Cool two teabags in the fridge for a few minutes. Lie down, and place the teabags over your eyes. Leave them on for at least 15 minutes to see the most noticeable results. Tea contains tannins, which will help constrict blood vessels around the eyes, reducing swelling.

9. It can minimize the appearance of bruises.

A similar idea to eye bags, the tannins in tea will help reduce swelling in bruises. Use cooled black teabags for maximum effect.

10. It works great as a glass or mirror cleaner.

Use damp teabags to scrub windows and mirrors. Tea contains compounds that help to break down grease and oil, leaving behind a crystal clear surface. Not to mention, it’s a much more natural alternative to chemical-filled cleaning sprays!

11. The amount you use can be doubled to make stronger tea.

This one may be obvious, but it is quite a handy tip if you like your tea on the strong side. When steep your tea, use one new teabag and one used teabag for extra tea flavor.

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12. It works well as a DIY air freshener.

Take a dried out teabag, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and voila! A natural and homemade air freshener that you can hang in your car, kitchen, bathroom, etc.

13. It can deter household pests.

Did you know that rodents hate the smell of tea? Place dry, used teabags in cupboards, closets and anywhere else to repel mice and rats. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to your teabags to repel spiders and ants as well!

14. It can be used to draw out infections.

Applying pre-brewed teabags to infections such as pink-eye, canker sores, blisters and warts can help reduce pain, draw out the infection and speed up the healing process.

15. It can be used to dye paper and cloth.

Steep some used teabags, and use the tea to give regular paper and fabric an aged, antique look.

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Sources:

healthdigezt.com

naturallivingideas.com

Featured photo credit: Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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