10 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds and Tea Bags

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4. De-grease pots and pans in a snap

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For squeaky clean pots and pans without the elbow grease, rub spent coffee grounds onto dirty cookware using a scouring pad. The added abrasion will help to remove stuck-on messes without harsh chemical cleaners. For a clean that’s even easier, soak greasy dishes overnight with warm water and one or two spent tea bags. The tannins in your tea will remove grease and food residues for a one-step cleanup in the morning.

5. Nourish your houseplants the natural way

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Both coffee grounds and tea bags have loads of nutrients that help houseplants thrive. Due to high acidic content, coffee grounds are perfect fertilizer for acid-loving plants such as tomatoes, carrots, roses, rhododendrons and azaleas. Tea is slightly less acidic, especially when combined with water. So, to nourish houseplants that prefer less acidic soil, simply tear open a tea bag, and add the contents to a watering can before watering your houseplants. The bits of tea will nourish your plants without adding too much acidity to the soil. If one of your plants looks especially sickly, make a twice-brewed tea by steeping one or two spent teabags in boiling water. Allow the water to cool, and use it on your houseplants for a healthy boost.

6. Boost your next pedicure

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The antibacterial content of tea bags helps to gently clean while wafting away odors and perking up your skin – making these common kitchen leftovers perfect for your next mani-pedi party. Before your next DIY pedicure, steep one or two tea bags in warm water for 10 minutes. Then soak your feet to sooth and soften skin while eliminating any odor for tootsies you’ll be proud to show off. The antioxidants in green tea are especially beneficial to your skin, so opt for green tea bags if you have them.

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Mary Mazzoni

Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.
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