Amazing what happens if you put used tea bags in your sink with dirty dishes!

Tea as a cleaning agent

Tea makes a great cleaning agent because of its high level of astringency that helps it cut through grease. That’s thanks to its tannins, or naturally occurring compounds found in leaves, and are what contribute to the astringency of tea if the leaves are steeped for too long.

Soaking your dishes

Soaking your dishes in hot water overnight with used tea bags will make that greasy gunk easier to remove. If you only have one or two troublesome dishes a couple tea bags will do, but if it’s a full sink load you may need up to a dozen used tea bags.

Health benefits linked to drinking tea

Tea, especially green tea, is often said to be good for your health. Tea contains substances linked to a lower risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

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