Updated: June 30, 2020 9:33:10 am
Here’s how you can put your used tea leaves to some good use.
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*Take the used tea leaves in a cup and wash them so they are devoid of any leftover sugar and spices like ginger or cardamom.
*After rinsing, pour some fresh water over the tea leaves.
*Now, boil the mixture. Once done, switch off the flame.
*Strain and let it cool down. Once it cools down, pour it in a spray bottle. Now you can use the mixture to clean and disinfect surfaces. It is a good way to preserve the sheen of old wooden furniture and make it look clean as well as new. The mixture also helps clean mirrors and white crockery.
*Steeped tea leaves can be a good fertiliser for potted plants. This is because the tannin in tea leaves increases the soil’s acidic levels which helps plants like roses flourish.
*They can also be combined with more water, cooled and strained to be used as a mild natural conditioner for the hair. However, when you towel your hair dry, use a separate, darker coloured towel as it may stain.
*They are also good at absorbing excess moisture. The trick is to leave a bowl of dried used tea leaves in cabinets which are prone to dampness. Adding a few drops of essential oil to the leaves keeps cabinets smelling better as the leaves gently diffuse the aroma. But always remember to replace the tea leaves every few weeks.
*You can also place dried tea leaves in a small bowl in the refrigerator to keep it smelling fresher, and replace them to absorb odour.
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