DIY: Teabags

Smart uses for used teabags

Drinking tea is warming and soothing and often a ritualistic part of our day, whether it be for a bit of quite time in the morning or to wind down out night. But once we've brewed and sipped and drunk, the teabags - with all their leafy goodness - are chucked away.

Here's a list of uses for teabags to minimise waste as well as provide healthy and natural alternatives to your everyday activities.


Personal Care

Soothe tired eyes - Chill a used teabag and place over the eyes until puffiness and soreness subsides. A warm and still wet teabag is a great compress to soothe pinkeye and the bags are also great for reducing bags or circles under tired eyes. 

Relief for canker soresPlace a freezer-chilled teabag on the afflicted area. Tea's properties will assist in the the healing process and the cold will soothe the pain of the sore.

Heal sunburned skin- Place used teabags into the bath after a day in the sun. Soak in the soothing and calming teabags for relief from the sting

Stop minor bleeds -  a nick with a knife or razor blade can sometimes seem to bleed forever. Saturating a black tea bag with warm water and applying to the cut for ±30 seconds to a minute can help stop the bleeding as the tannins encourage the blood to clot more quickly.

Speed up bruise healing - The tannins released from a soaked, warm teabag on a bruised area assists the ruptured capillaries in constricting to prevent the blood that causes the bruising in that area.


Clean the houseRe-steep your used tea bags in cold water to make a weak tea. Use this mixture to scrub linoleum or countertops. Additionally, use the teabags to rub furniture and floor scratches to make them disappear.

Fertilize plantsUsed tea bags make a great addition to any compost pile! Don't have a compost pile? Used tea bags can be nestled in your potted plants to help protect them from drying out between waterings. 


Tenderise a tough cut of meat Steep four or five black tea bags in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Combine with an equal amount of beef stock (homemade or store-bought) and marinate the meat in the mixture for 20 minutes. The teas tannins will break down fibres that make the beef tough.

Rust-proof cast-iron cookware Wiping down your cast-iron cookwaare with a damp, used, black tea bag after every cooking session will prevent rust-causing oxidation. The tea's tannins will coat the pan with an invisible protective layer.