1. Tenderizes Tough Meat
Tea contains tannins that act as a natural meat tenderizer to soften tough cuts of meat. In fact, marinating your meat in black tea can turn a cheap cut of meat into a juicy and tender meal. Plus, it adds a unique, delicious flavor.
■ Put 4 tablespoons of the contents of used black tea bags in a cup.
■ Pour hot water over the tea contents.
■ Cover and steep for 10 minutes, then strain out the solution.
■ Marinate your meat in this solution for 3 to 4 hours.
■ Now, cook your meat the way you want it and enjoy the tender bites.
2. Deodorizes the Refrigerator
Whether the reason behind your stinky refrigerator is spoiled leftovers tucked away in the back or there was a power outage while you were away, you can get rid of the nasty smell with used tea bags.
This is a safe and effective way to deodorize a stinky refrigerator. Used tea bags will not only mask the bad odor but also keep it smelling fresh like a new one.
■ Stash 3 or 4 used teabags in the refrigerator to zap unwanted odors.
■ You can also keep a weak brewed tea in an open container in the refrigerator.
3. Freshens Up the Air
Tea has antibacterial properties and can be used to neutralize household odors and add a nice aromatic fragrance to your rooms.
■ Put a used teabag in the sun to dry out completely. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, and your homemade air freshener is ready. You can hang the tea bag in your car, kitchen, bathroom or anywhere else that needs freshening up. Preferably, use an herbal or flavored teabag like peach/cherry flavored tea bags from your local supermarket.
■ Another option is to pour 2 cups of light tea brewed from used tea bags in a spray bottle. Add 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Give the bottle a shake to thoroughly mix the contents, then simply spray it where needed.
■ You can also keep used lavender-flavored tea bags in the seat covers of your car as a natural air freshener.
4. Cleans Leather Shoes
Leather shoes are expensive and look classic, but keeping the shoes clean and odor-free is a big task. You can simplify the task by using used tea bags.
■ Clean your leather shoes by wiping a damp, brewed tea bag in circular motions around the outer portion. Then, give them a nice rub using a soft muslin cloth to add shine to the shoes.
■ To reduce odor in your leather shoes, sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of the contents of used tea bags inside a smelly pair of shoes overnight. It helps absorb the odor and draws out moisture that makes it easier to get rid of the odor-causing bacteria that thrive in moist environments.
5. Cleans Wood and Glass
Whether you wish to remove grease from mirrors or add shine to your wooden furniture, used tea bags can come to your rescue. The tannins in tea cut through the grease and add a shine to your mirrors and wooden items.
■ To make mirrors sparkle and shine, brew a pot of tea using used tea bags. Allow it to cool, then dampen a soft cloth in the solution and wipe it gently all over the surface of the mirrors. Finally, buff with a soft, lint-free cloth or a crumpled up newspaper for a stain-free shine.
■ For cleaning wooden items, rebrew used tea bags and allow the tea to cool. Transfer the liquid to a spray bottle. Spray a little on the wooden surfaces to loosen up dirt, grime, fingerprints and other gunk. Wait 5 minutes, then wipe it away with a clean, lint-free cloth.