When you have finished washing and wiping down a cast-iron pot, swipe it out with a brewed-out tea bag. Why? “The tannins [chemical compounds] in the tea create a rust-preventing layer” in the pot, according to a past past edition of Woman’s World magazine.
Dry skin treatment:
Green tea is great in the bath. Here’s the recipe: Place a couple of tea bags under the faucet as you run hot water for a bath. Green tea has a lot of antioxidants. “The antioxidants will rehydrate your skin.” –WW
Anti-odor kitty litter.
Place the contents of used, but dried out tea bags into your cat’s kitty litter. The antibacterial features of the tea “neutralize odor.”–WW
The editors of WW recommend the application of warm, but wet tea bags on the face. “The tannins will tighten pores and reduce puffiness.”
Great Glass Cleaner.
A batch of strong tea, cooled and sprayed onto mirrors and glass surfaces make a great class cleaner. Remember to buff with a soft cloth, and you’ll have a streak-free shine.
Tea and teeth
Help fight against cavities and gum disease by rinsing with cooled tea.
Tea is antibacterial so it will help guard against gingivitis. Tea also contains fluoride to help keep teeth and bones strong.
Dye lace or other fabric for an antique look. Soak white lace or other fabrics in cold brewed tea to get a beige, ecru, or ivory color. The longer you soak the fabric, the darker the shade will be. You can also give paper an “antiqued” look this way.