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Don’t throw away your used teabag…reuse it!

Here at UK Vending we just love ways to improve our environmental responsibility. We are members of the Rainforest Alliance that aims to reduce our impact on the natural environment and all it takes is a small effort on each of our parts to make a huge difference globally. What kind of measures do we mean? Well let’s have a look in the average kitchen after you have brewed yourself a lovely cup of tea. Did you use a teabag? You did, excellent. Did you just throw it in the bin? Not so good. Did you know that there are loads of uses you can put used teabags to? Here are some of the best suggestions we have found from the web.

Add a hint of flavour to rice or grains. Hang your used tea bags in boiling water to infuse your food with a touch of flavour. Think jasmine tea with rice or chai tea with oatmeal.

Protect house plants from fungal disease by re-brewing a used tea bag and using the weak tea (cooled) to water your plants.

Neutralize odours naturally. Spread dried tea leaves in stinky spots like the cat litter box or in the bottom of your garbage bags.

Make cleaning the fireplace safer and easier. Dump the damp contents of tea bags onto the ash to weigh it down before sweeping out the fireplace.

De-grease pots and pans. Soak hard-to-clean dishes in water with a used tea bag tossed in. The tea will help loosen stuck-on food and break up grease.

Add them to your bath. The antioxidants in tea are good for your skin and the gentle scent will add some aromatherapy to your soak.

Take the sting out of insect bites and sunburns. Using a cool compress will reduce pain and inflammation of the affected areas.

Make a hair rinse Remove product build-up without using another product. Soak 3-4 used tea bags in warm water and pour it over your head after shampooing and conditioning as usual. Don’t rinse. Pro tip: Chamomile brightens blondes and black tea adds a coppery shimmer to brunettes.

Deodorise carpets by scattering the dried contents of several teabags over your rugs before you vacuum.

Depuff tired eyes: Place cool tea bags over your eyes, cucumber style. The tannins in the tea leaves may reduce bags and dark circles.

Clean leather shoes by buffing with a damp teabag.

Wash your hands using a tea bag as you would a bar of soap

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