Fresh or used there are many household, beauty, and personal care uses for green tea leaves. There are a number of creative ways to recycle and re-purpose those leaves. You can use them in ways you have probably never imagined.
We know that green tea is a powerful antioxidant which has many health benefits linked to it but now we also know that the leaves of this plant have more uses than just for sipping as tea.
Green tea has antibacterial properties within it and this means that the many health benefits that this beverage has to offer us as a drink can also be applied to a number of other purposes as well.
Green Tea Can Also be an Anti-Bacterial Cleaning Solution
The antibacterial properties of green tea work just as well when used externally as when taken internally and manufacturers are taking advantage of this new knowledge.
This is why the amazing antibacterial properties within Green Tea are now available in many commercially prepared cleaning products. It is natural and it works.
If you haven't noticed green tea cleaning products at your local stores then just take a little stroll through your grocery store. You will be amazed at exactly how many everyday cleaning products now contain the natural health benefits and antibacterial properties that green tea has to offer.
One of the nicest reasons to use green tea though is that it an environmentally friendly product. Which means it is so much kinder to our environment if you use green tea for your cleaning than harsher cleaning agents.
Green tea is now even being trial run by scientists at Ventana Research, Pace Technologies and the University of Arizona as an environmentally safe cleaning product for computer hard drives. These computer parts were cleaned in the past with very toxic, and expensive to dispose of chemicals, but Green Tea may be able to provide a much safer solution for future generations to come.
Green tea can now be found in many household cleaning products, air filtering products, and personal care products sold at your local supermarket and department store.
You Can Make Your Own Natural Green Tea Cleaning Solution
Save your spray bottles but replace those chemical solutions with a more natural cleaning solution. The good news is that you can easily make your own green tea cleaning solution.
It is an all natural household cleaning solution and a recipe that is actually quite easy to prepare. If you have cold left over tea you can use that as well.
1. Simply steep about 1/2 cup of green tea leaves or 5 teabags of green tea in one quart of boiling water for fifteen minutes.
2. Drain off the liquid and store it in your refrigerator till you are ready to use it.
This solution has many uses as an environmentally friendly antibacterial cleaning spray. Simply apply the spray to counter tops, tables, sinks, tubs, or stoves, and then easily wipe off excess moisture with a damp cloth. The Green tea solution will kill bacteria as it cleans.
Note: This natural mixture can also be used as an effective gargle to eliminate bad breath and kill the bacteria that cause it.
There is a Wealth of Health Benefits Folded Within Those Leaves
It Can be Used as Potpourri to Absorb Odors or Fragrance a Room
Don't throw away your used green tea leaves. Their usefulness is not over yet. Green tea leaves can be recycled to serve a new purpose in a number of common household jobs.
First sun dry the leaves by placing them in a shallow pan or baking dish and setting them out on your patio on a nice warm day. If it is winter they can still be dried by placing them in front of a sunny window or in some other warm area of your home.
These leaves have the ability to absorb odors and bacteria into it much like household baking soda is known to so you can use the dry used tea leaf where ever you might otherwise have used baking soda to eliminate nasty odors.
The fresh or used leaf can be placed in a bowl and set inside of the refrigerator or freezer to absorb the odors that accumulate there. They can also be sprinkled on carpets where they will absorb any unpleasant carpet odors and then vacuumed up.
Cats are cute but their box can often use a little freshening. Tea leaves can even be used to help control these pet odors. Sprinkled into your cat's litter pan they help to eliminate any unwelcome aromas that come from that area of your home.
Green tea leaves can also be used to add fragrance to your room or as decorative potpourri. Place the dried green tea leaves out in a decorative dish to add charm and aroma to any room in your house. They will quietly absorb unpleasant household scents. During summer months these leaves can also be burned like incense to fragrance a room or to create an effective mosquito repellent.
It is Easy to Make Tea Sachets for the Bath or Dresser Drawers
Dried Green Tea Leaves placed within small clothes squares and tied or sewn into sachets can be placed throughout the home to help eliminate unwanted odors. Place these sachets in your dresser drawers, closets, suitcases, and shoes.
You decide where there is a need in your home to place the sachets. Then let them work to help keep the unwanted household aromas in your home at bay.
These sachets can even be popped into the bathtub, foot bath, or sink to provide antibacterial and anti-fungal cleansing properties. You can wash your face with one. Soak in a tub or soak your feet in the solution.
Moistened leaves in a warm cloth can be used also as a facial scrub to help reduce the symptoms of acne. Green Tea has many household uses.
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