You Can Do So Much More With Tea Other Than Just Making Yourself A Cuppa

You can use tea to do a variety of things. Here are three simple home hacks

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: May 10, 2020 13:13:48 IST
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One of the most popular and affordable beverages in the world, tea has been a drink of choice for ages. Besides brewing yourself a hot cuppa, you can use tea to do a variety of things—use it in a hot bath or to polish your furniture or to fight bad odour.

Bath Magic

No matter which type of tea you use, it is rich in antioxidants that help fight the damaging effects of free radicals. It’s also known for its de-stressing and mood-enhancing qualities. So, the next time you come home exhausted or feeling crabby, try a tea bath.

Bring two litres of water to a boil and pour in a generous handful of dried tea leaves. Cover it with a lid and let it steep for at least 20 minutes. Strain the liquid and add the tea to a warm bath. You can add some bath salts (Epsom salt) for added benefits. This will not only relax your senses but also leave your skin soft and hydrated.

Natural Furniture Polish

If your furniture is looking dull and old, with the polish wearing off, and you haven’t had the time to purchase a furniture polish, fear not. Try this home tea remedy. Steep a couple of used tea bags in warm water to make a slightly weak tea. Once the tea is cool, dip a clean, soft rag (that won’t scratch the surface) in the brew and gently wipe all your wooden surfaces. The tannins in tea will work wonders on the wood, making it shine like new.

No More Bad Odour

Tea is a great odour neutralizer and can help in getting rid of all kinds of bad smells in the house. So, if that sweat stench refuses to leave your shoes, place a dry used tea bag in each shoe for a day and see the difference. You can also keep a few dry used tea bags in your shoe cabinet.

Are you irritated by that smelly garbage that’s making the whole house stink? The next time you line your bin with a liner, place a few leftover dried tea bags at the bottom of the can, and say goodbye to bad odour and bugs.


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