11 Clever Ways to Reuse Teabags

January 31, 2016
Just like coffee grounds, used teabags can be used to repel ants, spiders and even rats.

After preparing drinks, teabags can be used for many other purposes, since they still contain some properties that can be useful around the house. However, most people give them one single use, which unfortunately is a waste. Want to learn how you can reuse teabags? Keep reading.

Reuse teabags for cleaning

Clean carpets

Lightly dry a few teabags and then sprinkle their contents on the carpet. Let the tea dry on it and then vacuum.

Clean glass

To clean glass surfaces like windows, mirrors or cups, reuse teabags. Put them in warm water, then pour the contents into a spray bottle. Spray surfaces with this liquid and finally, dry with a clean cloth.

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Polish wood

You may not believe it, you can reuse teabags to make excellent furniture and floor polish. Simply sprinkle the contents of a used teabag on the surface you want to polish, then rub with a dry cloth.


Tea has the power to remove the grease from dirty dishes and also makes a great deodorizer to eliminate bad odors. Therefore, quit using aggressive chemical products and reuse teabags to clean your dirty dishes. Just fill the sink with hot water and a few used teabags. Then, soak the dirty dishes to remove grease. Additionally, this trick is also great for cleaning drains.

Say goodbye to bad odors

Teabags for bad odors

Neutralize bad odors

There are many different areas at home where bad odors can concentrate. A few tips for instance:

  • Firslty, you can reuse teabags by mixing its content into cat litter.
  • Also, you can place a few teabags in the fridge to neutralize bad odors.
  • Moreover, you can prevent odors in the trash can by putting a few used teabags inside.
  • Finally, let some used teabags dry, then place them inside shoes to prevent and neutralize bad odors.

Homemade air freshener

Teabags are also good for gently perfuming areas of the house. For example, place a few in the closets, rooms, and even the kitchen.

Remove bad odors from the hands

Chopping onions and garlic or handling fish can leave unpleasant odors on your hands. However, they can be easily removed if you reuse teabags. Just rub your hands with the contents and rinse.

In the garden

Teabags for preventing mold

Prevent Mold

If you want to prevent mold from forming on your plants, simply soak some used teabags in warm water, then wait for it to darken like tea, and finally, spray the liquid on your plants or use it to water them.

Fertilize the soil

Teabags are ideal for naturally fertilizing the soil. And so you can sprinkle the contents of a few teabags on the ground where you grow plants.

Homemade compost

You can use teabags in homemade compost. Just be sure to remove the metal staple they usually contain.

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Repel insects and rodents

Teabags can help repel insects and rodents that often invade gardens. Likely, they can be used to repel ants, spiders, and rodents. Additionally, if you want a more effective solution, combine them with mint essential oil.

In conclusion, now that you have this information, never throw them away and take advantage of all their uses around the house.

Additionally, you can store them in the refrigerator for later use, as long as they don’t get any bad odors.