What do you do with leftover tea leaves? Toss them? Don’t! Tea is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant which is highly acidic, nutrient-packed and loaded with antioxidants. Even once the leaves have been steeped they still contain benefits, are highly absorbent and attract odors So, don’t toss them! Show them a little love and try these clever uses for wet or dry tea leaves instead.
Clever uses for Leftover Tea Leaves
USED WET TEA LEAVES
• Add wet leaves to the base of outdoor acid-loving plants
• Re-infuse tea leaves, chill and use to water indoor acid-loving plants
• Make a second pot of tea with the leaves, cool and put in a spray bottle. Use to clean mirrors and windows
• Tea helps reduce the size of large pores and acne. Chill the strained second pot of tea in the
fridge and use it for a face tonic
• Add mint leaves to the second pot of tea. Streep, strain and use the solution as a mouthwash
• Put wet tea leaves in compostable tea bags and toss into a foot bath for a soothing soak
* Put wet tea leaves in compostable tea bags, chill and apply over eyes to reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles
• There is still lots of flavour left in used tea leaves. Pop them into a compostable tea bag and toss the bag into your next pot of steamed rice, pasta or grains
USED DRIED TEA LEAVES
Store wet tea leaves in a container in the fridge until you have enough to dry. Spread wet tea leaves on a baking sheet and put them in the oven on the lowest setting until dry. Once dried, store them in a jar or container.
• Sprinkle dried tea leaves into the kitty litter box to keep it fresh and clean longer. Tea is a natural deodorizer
• Put some leaves in a bowl and store them in the back of the fridge to absorb orders
• Add dried leaves into a compostable tea bag and toss it into ‘smelly’ shoes to freshen them up. Add a pinch of dried lavender or rose to enhance the floral aroma.
• Use dried leaves as a fire starter
• Dried tea leaves can be combined with wet tea leaves and used in the BBQ for smoking foods
• Last but not least, compost them!
How many more ways can you think of to use tea leaves?