Recommendations – Reusing Old Tea Leaves

I happened to run across this fun post from srednivashtar on tumblr and found it pretty informative. The post lists a wide variety of ways that the Japanese utilize their used tea leaves. I’ve pulled a few of my favorites!


  • Dry the leaves and then roast with soy sauce, mirin, and bonito flakes to make furikake, a salty and savoring topping for rice.
  • Add to stir-fried vegetables or fried rice.
  • Cure fish (here is a good guide for those interested).

Around the House…

  • Dry and use as a deodorizer for shoes, refrigerators, cupboards, etc.
  • Dry and scatter in flower beds; it will act as a fertilizer and a natural insect deterrent.
  • Dry and sprinkle into trashcan to eliminate odors.
  • Immediately after boiling and straining, green tea can be used as a disinfectant.

The Spa Treatment…

  • Sprinkle into the tub as a substitute for bath salts.
  • Soak a piece of cotton with tea and use it for a facial; it’s supposed to help clear up and even out skin.
  • Gargle with tea to kill germs and prevent colds.

With so many ways of reusing old tea, loose leaf really seems to become a thrifty option!šŸ˜‰ I know I’ve learned from this list but there are still countless other uses for tea in our everyday lives. How do you use tea in your everyday life outside the cup? Be sure to let me know so I can share your recommendations in the future!

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