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Reuse your Used Tea & Tea bags

Did you know, tea bags were invented by accident in 1908? (Aren't the coolest things created by accident! Potato chips, Penicillin, Post-its) Thomas Sullivan from the United States created small silk bags to give samples of tea to his customers but some of them thought they were meant to be placed directly into the pot, like a metal infuser, instead of being poured and emptied out. Thus, Voila! The invention of the tea bag!

Also, did you know that there are 4 major types of tea: black, green, oolong and white, but plot twist, they all come from the same plant - the Camellia sinensis - the different types of tea are a result of different ways of treating the plant. Interesting isn't it? Now that we have all enhanced our tea knowledge, lets find out how to reuse and recycle our tea bags. Each tea bag is filled with fresh, delicious and healthy goodness, so it is only right we do it justice and make the most of it.

1. Rejuvenate your eyes with teabags

The eyes are the windows to your soul so naturally we would want them to be all bright, twinkly and awake. If you are lazy to run out to the local beauty supply store for an eye mask to unwind after a long day at work, just grab some old tea bags and place them over your eyes for a few minutes. Put on some calm, soothing music and let your entire body relax into your bed or sofa. The remaining nutrients and minerals will seep into your skin and relieve dark circles and puffiness. You will feel like a new person after your tea bag treatment.


2. Tea Rinse - Get that silky, shiny, wind-blown hair you've always wanted

You have definitely seen those people walking down the street with the perfect hair you've always wanted. It seems like there is always the perfect amount of wind blowing right in front of their faces; strong enough so that their hair is flowing freely in the wind but not too much that their hair gets all messed up and stuck in their mouths. That hair. That hair just might be achievable with the help of your old tea bags! They can be used as natural alternatives to our conditioners (yay we save money!) to help add nourishment and silkiness to your hair. Just take your old tea bags and brew a weaker tea, cool it and rub it in through your hair after you shampoo. It'll leave your hair smelling great too!

We recommend these teas for "Tea Rinse"
Chamomile - The chamomile extract softens and nourishes your hair and scalp gently. Add two chamomile tea bags to a huge cup  of boiling water, and let it cool. Then, pour the chamomile tea over freshly washed hair and repeat 2-3 times. Good for dandruff, itchy scalp, lighten hair colour, nourish hair, promote hair growth, make hair smooth and silky.
Black Tea
Green Tea
 

3. Ditch the stanky feet ! Soak foots in pepper mint & Green tea herbal water

The feet of a person usually get noticed for either one of two reasons; 1. pretty pedicure or 2. stanky feet. I don't know about you but I definitely prefer the former. Smelly feet are foes to everyone in the vicinity including yourself (unless your nose is incredibly resistant to strong odors). Some people have smelly feet due to medical conditions and some might've just finished a long run in their sneakers, either way you need a way to beat the feet! You could put used pepper mint or green tea tea bags in your shoes to soak up the smell. Or alternatively, you could soak your feet in water with old tea bags (pepper mint or green tea). This doubles its use because tea bags are great for detox baths as well. Catechins in green tea has Antibacterial properties and pepper mint has instant effect to remove odor. Try these tips out and you will be one step in the right direction. (Pun intended. I'm so funny)

4. Make DIY Tea Soaps!

Ever had a cup of tea that smelled so amazing and thought 'I want to smell like that all the time"? Well, have you ever thought of making your favourite tea into soap? Because you can! This will require you to purchase a few items but it is certainly worth it. And with Christmas coming around the corner, nothing says thoughtful and meaningful quite like handmade soap! (you could give Lush a run for their money)

We recommend you to use our Lemon & Chamomile including marigold, lemon, chamomile, mint, ginger and Lemon !


Things you will need for DIY Soap making:

Lets make some soap!

  1. Look at your moulds and estimate how much soap base you would need to fill it. Use a knife/dough cutter to cut off chunks of the soap base. Note: be careful with the knife, always remember to cut in the direction away from yourself.
  2. Place the soap base chunks into your microwaveable bowl and melt it in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds on high.
  3. Remove the bowl and stir in 1 teaspoon of your chosen tea leaves and 1/2 teaspoon of essential oil into the bowl. (These amounts are estimates but you can play with the dosage according to the size of your soaps as well as how strong you want the scent to be)
  4. Mix the ingredients together until it is evenly mixed.
  5. Pour the soap mixture into your molds and set it aside till it has completely hardened.
  6. Once hardened, pop them out of their molds and wrap in parchment paper and tie it with twine till you are ready to use it. (or giveaway as a gift)



5. Degrease your pots, pans and plates - soak 5 min with used tea bags

Most of us love a good hearty meal of fried chicken, mac n cheese, lasagne, pizza and hotdogs. But the resulting dishes from these fried/greasy foods often have a oily and greasy layer over them that can sometimes be nearly impossible to clean. Sometimes it even feels like the more I scrub, the worse it gets. To alleviate this problem, pile up the dishes in your sink and fill it with hot water and throw in some old tea bags to soak. It helps loosen any hard foods and lifts grease so that when you get around to doing the dishes, it'll be super quick and easy.

 

The hardest part of living away from home for university is adjusting to your new sleeping quarters.

From my personal experience, this being my second year living away from home, I've found that making my new home feel like 'home' is quintessential to my comfort and reducing homesickness. I mean, I’m not one to get very homesick easily because I enjoy living away from home but along the way I’ve discovered many clever hacks to jazz up your room in a cost-effective and non-environmentally damaging way so that it doesn’t get too lonely or empty. Here are some snazzy DIY ideas to save money and the earth!

1. Glass jars

A common waste item to the university student is glass jars from a homemade pasta dinner. Pesto? Tomato Mascarpone? Honey? Don’t let these treasures go to waste! Here are some ways you can make them decorative.

 

2. Card board boxes

You’d be lying if you said that you never ordered things online to please your lazy student bum. Instead of letting these boxes go to waste, why not use them as another decorative/ functional piece.

P.S. This is especially good for sticking up important notes, dates as well as photos of your friends and family from home

3. Snack wrappers

To keep track of all that sinful goodness, why not collect them and stick them up on your wall as wallpaper? It makes quite a unique and quirky one-of-a-kind art piece.

4. Cereal boxes

Cereal boxes make great folders to store your files and textbooks from university, that way you won’t have to waste money on buying actual plastic ones. All you need is a paper cutter or a knife.

5. Shoe boxes

Shoe boxes make a great hiding place for a lot of valuable things. The MOST UNSUSPECTING PLACE to hide your passport, important documents as well as money. If you have nothing to hide, they make great organization tools for you to keep your things neat and tidy.

 

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