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What to do with leftover tea leaves - 9 ways to use leftover tea leaves and powder

July 26, 2021

What to do with leftover tea leaves - 9 ways to use leftover tea leaves and powder

While tea leaves or tea powders are essentially steeped and consumed as a drink with health benefits, this is not the only way it could be used. In fact, even the boiled tea leaves for consumption as a healthy drink are not to be put into waste and still have lots of aids for everyday use. Here are just some of the countless uses of used tea leaves or tea powders after being steeped and consumed as a healthy drink: 

1. You can use it as an exfoliant in your face or body.

Tea leaves are natural antioxidant for the body. The antioxidants and caffeine will help rejuvenate your skin and clear redness. Thus, crush those used, after-boiled tea leaves into small, fine grains and mix it with your favorite facial wash to scrub all over your face as a home-made scrub. For the body, you may leave your tea leaves as is and mix it with your handy body wash for a more vigorous scrubbing to remove dead skins and to revitalize as well all over your body to leave you a fresh and smooth skin thereafter. Containing properties that help with inflammation, people afflicted with sunburns just need to soak some cooled used tea leaves and apply it to the burnt area. Some would also do the same to their fresh wound to manage the damage. The tannins found in tea leaves help stop bleeding by coagulating the blood.

2. Use as Eye Cream - Say goodbye to those dark circles

With the active ingredients of caffeine and antioxidant in your favorite tea leaves, these may be mixed with your favorite under eye cream by grinding them into fine particles and let them sit on those eye bags overnight. By morning, you will be surprised to see your eyebags smaller and your eye area refreshed and revitalized.

3. Make Green Tea Mouthwash

While teas, just like coffee, may stain our teeth, it can actually help your dental health as long as you drink it unsweetened. Because of the catechins, drinking steeped tea leaves can even lower the chances of losing your teeth. If anything, tea can help wean you off soda! Just ate something that is unpleasantly smelly, or munched something with garlic? A lightly flavored tea can help to the rescue when suddenly you need to say hello to someone when you do not have mouthwash on hand. Just swish some tea and you can drink this mouthwash as well. The used tea leaves could also be ground to be mixed with baking soda and you have an instant herbal toothpaste.

4. For baking

Who told anyone that tea leaves are just meant to be steeped and drink? There are already lots of cake and dessert recipes out there using tea leaves as main ingredient. While some would grind the tea leaves and put them in the batter, Usually, the tea leaves are being steeped and the water that was boiled with the tea leaves are being mixed with other baking ingredients to make that mouth-watering tea-infused cakes, cookies, cupcakes or other desserts. The tea leaves could also naturally color your frostings for your desserts.

5. As a freshener or deodorizer

Tea leaves naturally absorb nasty smells. Those used up tea leaves can be dried and put them inside your stinky shoes or moldy leather bags to absorb the moist and smell inside your belongings. You could also tea leaves as deodorizer for your refrigerator, cupboards or drawers by simple leaving the tea leaves inside and it will naturally absorb the rotten smell inside, just like a baking soda. 

6. As a floor shiner or cleaning agent 

Tea leaves could add shine and a slight tint of color on your hardwood floors when being rubbed by a rag dipped in steeped tea leaves, just be sure to test it on a small area before you rub down the whole floor! You can even put it in a spray bottle to clean glass.

7. As an art attack

Have you ever noticed the stains your teas leaving behind when they dried up after being steeped and consumed? Have you ever heard the concept of coffee stain art, where coffee is being used as a paint brushed in canvas? Tea stains could be used for the same concept as well! There are various tea stain art works that are already out in the market so if you love art, you may want to try doing this as well! You want to make a unique, vintage look for your boring, ordinary white shirts? Soak your white tops or whatever fabric you may have such as curtains, in brewed tea a voila, you already have a safe and cheap alternative to conventional dyes!

8. As compost and fertilizer

To help in your compost heap, simply throw your old tea leaves into the compost as tea leaves help speed up the process of composting. Loose tea leaves would naturally compost without worrying about the bags not being biodegradable. Since too much of something is bad, there is such a thing as plants getting too much water. Tea leaves can also help to absorb water if placed at the bottom of your soil, so that plants will be saved from too much moisture and instead the overall moisture will be more efficiently redistributed over time.

9. To shoo away those nasty rodents

No one would ever want rodents lurking around their houses causing damage to their food stashes, and sometimes, to your favorites stuff such as bags and clothes. Rodents actually are disgusted with the smell of tea leaves, so you may want your tea leaves or to even dry up your used tea leaves and simple leave them where rodents usually go around to let them stay away from your house.

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James merritt

November 03, 2022

Very helpful and extend my use of green tea beyond drinking it.

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