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Used Tea Bags – Don’t throw them away!

Recently I wrote a post about, “What to do with your used coffee grounds”. But some of my friends commented that they don’t drink coffee, instead they drink Tea. So for my Tea drinking friends, I have put together this post.

Used Tea Bags

Meat Marinade – Make tea out of your old tea bags and let cool. Then use the tea to marinate meat and tenderize the meat. The tea will add a savory taste to the meat.

Eye Compresses – Soak a couple of tea bags in ice-cold water then apply over your eyelids to sooth tired puffy red eyes.

Face Cleanser pads – Keep your used tea bags in a Ziploc bag or glass jar in the fridge to use as a facial cleansing pads. Rub your face gently with the bag to help exfoliate your skin. The tea has an anti-inflammatory property, which helps reduce the puffy sleepy face.

Oral Pain Relief  – If you have a sore place in your mouth. Then soak a used tea bag in ice water, and bite down on it. Tea has natural healing properties that help soothe the pain.

Sooth Sunburn – Too much fun in the sun? Make a batch of tea out of your used tea bags and let cool in the refrigerator. Pat the cold tea on your sunburn with a clean cloth to cool and sooth the burn.

Soothing Bath  – Old tea bags can also be added to your bath water as you relax in the tub.

Sooth Acne – If your skin has become raw and red from acne, use your old tea bags to provide relief. Pat cold tea made from used tea bags to the affected areas to sooth it.

Soothe insect bites – Keep your used tea bags in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. Place a cold teabag on an insect bite to sooth the pain.

Remove Warts – I have never tried this but I have heard about it. I guess it is worth a try. Soak a tea bag in hot water, and then put it over your wart for 20 to 30 minutes a couple times a day. Good Luck!

House Cleaner – Use your old bags to make a pot of Tea for cleaning mirrors, floors and countertops. The tea gives a great shine to mirrors and tile.

Deodorize Your Shoes – Place a dry used tea bag in each shoe to eliminate odor.

Make a sachet – Add a couple of drops of scented oil to a used dried teabag. Then place it in your dresser drawer.

Fertilize Your Plants – Used Tea bags can be used as an organic fertilizer for your potted houseplants. Cut open the bags and mix the tealeaves with your soil. Or place the tea bag on top of the soil, and as you water the plant make sure to pour the water slowly over the tea bags. When repotting or planting a new plant place a tea bag over the hole in the bottom of a pot before adding the soil. This help to hold moisture in your pot longer.

Natural Fabric Dye – Tea is a natural dye that won’t run or wash out. Heat water and soak the tea bags and the fabric together until desired color is achieved. A used tea bag can be use to stain paper to make it look old and antique. Great for art projects!


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COFFEE GROUNDS (don’t throw them away)

I come from a long line of coffee drinkers that appreciated their morning brew. They also appreciated the leftover coffee grounds. And instead of throwing them away they found many frugal and useful things to do with them.
*Leftover grounds can be kept in the freezer until ready for use.
1. Useful ways to use coffee grounds as a beauty aid.

Cellulite Reducer  -Make your own homemade mixture for reducing cellulite. It’s been reported that coffee grounds work by stimulating cell circulation, melting fat, and moving the fluids and toxins out.
Weekly cellulite treatment -mix ¼ cup of warm used coffee grounds with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Next place a towel or newspaper on the floor under your feet in order to prevent a mess.  Apply the mixture on the problem areas and rub in a circular motion. Then, wrap the problem areas with a shrink-wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush off any loose coffee grounds from your skin, and then take a shower. Repeat the procedure twice a week.
Daily cellulite Treatment – While in the shower, use a handful of coffee grounds and squirt of body wash. And vigorously rub coffee grounds on troubled cellulite spots for a few minutes everyday.
Bath Scrub – While in the shower try rubbing your skin with used coffee grounds to remove dead skin cells. A handful of coffee grounds with a little liquid soap results in smooth soft skin. Try adding a few drops of Vanilla Extract for a nice scent.
Face cleanser – Coffee grounds make a gentle exfoliating wash for your face, mix with a little soap and rub on your face.
Facial – A ¼ cup of coffee grounds mixed with an egg white makes a toning and firming facial. Massage it into your skin and allow it to dry, then rinse. Then follow with a moisturizer.
Hair Shine Solution – Reportedly using left over coffee can make your hair softer and shinier. Shampoo your hair then rinse your hair with the coffee, wait a few moments and rinse with water.
Gray Hair – Steep a cup of used coffee grounds in hot water, then use as a rinse to help cover gray.
Hair Dye – Brewed coffee can also be used in light brown/brunette hair to darken it.
Coffee Tan– Sponge on your left over coffee Freshen up your summer tan by rubbing coffee grounds all over your body then leave on for 30 minutes. Brewed coffee at room temperature can also be sponged and left on your skin for 20-30 minutes. Darker skin can be achieved by repeating this process more often.
2. Coffee Grounds is a Natural Deodorizer;
First dry your used coffee grounds out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl or old soak.  

Hand Deodorizer- rubbing your hands with coffee ground will remove strong odor such as fish or onion from your hands. 
Fridge Deodorizer – Remove those unwanted smells from your refrigerator by placing a bowl filled or sock filled with dry used coffee grounds that will gradually absorb all unwanted odors. Add a few drops of your favorite extract (vanilla, almond, peppermint est.) to the coffee grounds for a nice aroma.
Shoe Deodorizer – Place a sock fill with dry used coffee grounds inside your shoes to absorb odors.

3. Gardening– There is a several ways that your plants can also appreciate your leftover coffee grounds. Coffee grounds contain, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium—all minerals that aid in plant development and growth.

Fertalizer -Add Coffee Grounds to the potting soil of your house or garden plants that flourish in acidic soil they will become healthier.
Compost Material – When coffee grounds are mixed with soil it release nutrients that make the ground richer and more acidic. So plants that flourish in acidic soil will be healthier. If you have enough coffee grounds, just spread them evenly in your garden.
Earthworms – coffee grounds also seem attract the earthworms.
Insect repellant – Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant hills themselves. Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs.
4. Household uses for coffee grounds.

Dye – By steeping used coffee grounds in hot water, you can make brown dye for fabric, wood, baskets, paper, art works and even Easter eggs.
Furniture scratches – Steep grounds and apply a bit of the liquid to furniture scratches with a Q-tip to cover it up and make it less noticeable. 
Pot & Pan Scourer – Since coffee grounds are slightly abrasive they can be used as a scouring agent for greasy and grimy stain-resistant pots & pans.
For Fireplace Dust – Next time you clean your fireplace toss a handful of wet coffee grounds in your fireplace. The wet grounds will hold the dust in place, lessening the dust clouds.

Dogs- After shampooing your dog mix coffee ground with some water and give them a coffee ground rub down, working them down to the skin. This results in a nice grooming solution for pets. After a few rubs, the solution softens your pet’s fur, giving it a nice shine. Some people even claim that the solution keeps fleas and other parasites off your pet.
Cat repellent – To keep cats from using your garden as their personal litter box try sprinkling coffee grounds mixed with orange peels around your plants. 
Cat Litter Deodorizer –Sprinkle a tiny bit of fresh coffee grinds in the cat litter box for a natural deodorizer or you can place some in a container next to it.

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Homemade Mosquito Spray

Peggy sent me this, I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children’s swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don’t leave home without it.

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Money for Bee Sting

” The next time you get stung, put a penny on the bite for 15 minutes”. A viewer sent this to me. I have not tried this myself but I wanted to pass it on. My niece was stung by two bees. I looked at the bite and it had already started to swell. So, I taped a penny to her arm for 15 minutes. The next morning, there was no sign of a bite. We decided that she just wasn’t allergic to the sting. Soon, I was gardening outside. I got stung again, twice by a hornet on my left hand. I thought, here I go again to the doctor for another antibiotic. I promptly got my money out and taped two pennies to my bites, then sat and sulked for 15 minutes. The penny took the string out of the bite immediately. Wanted to share this marvelous information in case you experience the same problem. We need to keep a stock of pennies on hand. The doctor said that the copper in the penny counteracts the bite. It definitely works!

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Homemade Insect Remedies

Summertime Remedies
Bug Bite?
To keep from getting bitten by masquitos take a dryer sheet and rub it on you and your clothing. Something about the dryer sheets they dont like and will keep them away from you…
For insect bites, take childrens benedryl or adults, open capsule and mix with a few drops of water, and dab benedryl over the affected area.
Regular flavored toothpaste, when applied to an insect bite (especially fire ant bites) will immediately relieve itching.
Make an “X” with your fingernail on the bite. It helps alleviate the need to itch.
Apply roll on deoderant to the area. Relieves itching, and helps stop swelling. This works every time.


Poison Ivy
Witch hazel applied to the affected area soothes the itching.
Instant tea helps dry the poison ivy. Add one 8-oz. jar of the tea to warm bath water and soak for 15 minutes. The tannic acid soothes and dries the poison ivy.

Bee Sting
Make a paste of water and meat tenderizer and apply it to the affected area.
Place a penny on the sting and hold it on for at least 5 minutes. It will relieve the pain.
Make a paste from water and ground-up asprin. Apply to bite or sting and allow to dry to reduce swelling. DO NOT USE IF ALLERGIC TO ASPIRIN.
Use tobaco or snuff wet just a little and stick on where you are stung, put a bandad on it to hold it in place.
Get a leaves of a Plantain plant, a weed found in most gardens. Grind the leaf in the palm of your hand until the liquid comes of out them. Apply the liquid to the bite. Repeat this every 3-4 hours as needed.
A better alternative method would be to chew the leaves and then apply the chewed leaves as a poultice to the affected area.
My mom always said put mud on it. I know it sound crasy but yeah put mud on it, let it dry and wash off. The mud is cool so the pain will stop and while it drys it draws out the stinger. You won’t even itch afterwards. 
 WARNING: These home remedies are submitted by numerous viewers to my web site. As such these home remedies should be used for academic purposes only. Never use any home remedy or other self treatment without being advised to do so by a physician.

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Natural Tips to Keep Bugs Away!

Are mosquitoes keeping you from enjoying the outdoors? Or do they ruin your cookouts? Try some of these tips.

  • Use yellow bug lights outside on the patio, porch, or deck. Light citronella candles or mosquito coils when using outdoor seating areas. There is safe propane and butane operated mosquito traps and devices that can be used when entertaining outdoors.
  • Install ceiling fans on your covered porch or balcony and sit beneath them when outdoors to discourage mosquitoes from landing on you. Use an oscillating fan in outdoor living spaces in the evenings.
  • Wear light colored clothing with thin, long sleeves, long pants, and socks when going outside just before dark.
  • Spray a mosquito repellent on top of your clothing.
  • Taking garlic or brewers yeast supplements is said to deter insect bites.
  • Mosquitoes require stagnant water to breed, so empty any planters or buckets that could collect stagnant water. Empty any standing water, and place containers that can hold rainwater upside down. Check the area below downspouts that may have standing water, fill in with rocks. Change the water in the birdbath weekly. If you have a pond or water garden, install a pump, waterfall or fountain to keep the water flowing and prevents it from getting stagnant. Stock the water garden or pond with goldfish or other mosquito larvae eating fish. Fill in any puddles or low spots on the ground with soil. Check the gutter on the house for leaves that might block rainwater from flowing freely. Place a bat house near your outdoor living spaces. Bats dine on mosquitoes in the evening.
  • Attract wild birds to your yard with feeders, some bird’s feast on mosquitoes. Hope these tips are useful to you.

If you liked these tips or have some tips of your own please share them with me.

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Homemade Fly Trap

A Tip From Tina M. Kentucky

Use a glass pint sized canning jar or tall drinking glass. Pour apple cider vinegar into the glass until about 1/3 filled. Put a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the rim and seal it tightly. With a pen or a pencil poke 2-3 holes in the plastic wrap. The flies are attracted to the cider Vinegar smell, go inside and are trapped. Go to for many Homemade Cleaning Supplies.

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