Although Americans are known to be coffee drinkers, tea is found in nearly 80 percent of all U.S. households, according to Tea Association of U.S.A. Inc. It is also the second-most-popular drink in the world, water being the first. It shouldn't be too surprising considering the reported health benefits of herbal, green and black teas. Rich in flavor and antioxidants, but lacking sodium, fat, sugar and virtually any calories, a habit of regular tea drinking has been linked with lower rates of heart disease and some cancers while also increasing metabolism. 

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But the benefits of tea don't stop there. A YouTube channel dedicated to showing fans the best methods to save money, The Savings Experiment, shared these ways to reuse a tea bag after you have had your favorite cup. 

When done steeping your favorite tea, don't toss that bag. The natural properties in tea can be used in a variety of ways around the house. 





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Skin Relief

Have a minor skin irritation like an insect bite, burn or blister?

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Run a tea bag underwater ...

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and press it onto the irritation for some soothing relief!

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This trick also works for children who may be feeling a sting after a shot at the doctor's office. Try also warm tea bags as a compress over tired eyes to reduce puffiness.  The key ingredient in these natural home remedies is the tannins naturally occurring in teas, states Reader's Digest. (According to Rate Tea, black teas tend to be higher in tannins, and would be the best choice for these natural pain remedies.)    

Deodorizer

Is a pair of stinky shoes polluting your closet?

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Stuff a tea bag into each shoe for an easy deodorizer!

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How about your fridge? Have you run out of baking soda or just looking for an alternative?

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Toss a few tea bags in a container and put them in the fridge in place of your old box of baking soda. Then, your fridge should be odorless once again!

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Chasing Green offers these other odor-eating tips: Wet tea leaves or a used tea bag in an ashtray will help cut the odor and hold the ashes in the tray. Sprinkle the dried contents of a used tea bag into the litter box for a natural antibacterial deodorizer.    

Degrease Dishes

Have leftover food caked on your dirty dishes? Soak them overnight with a few tea bags.

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The tannins in the tea will cut the grease, making dishwashing a breeze. 

Pest Control

Lastly, have problems with insects or rodents? Throw a few tea bags in cupboards or shelves to deter those pests.

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Mint has been known to be a natural repellent of mosquitoes, ants and flies, confirms Do It Yourself, and a used tea bag is an easy and economical sachet to place wherever you have a pest problem. Although comments on The Kitchen would suggest that it would take more than a few tea bags to stop mice who have already made their way into a home, peppermint and peppermint oil has been known to be a deterrent. 

The following video (in English) depicts the tips above. Uploaded in January, the popular video has been watched over 9 million times.