I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that tea bags can be found in just about every pantry around the world, and they can be used for so much more than to make a delicious beverage. Also, how many of you have looked through your kitchen cabinets, only to realise that you have a forgotten box of tea at the back that is well past its expiry date?

Well, here are five, very simple things you can do with the humble tea bag, beyond making a cuppa!

Infuse Simple Syrups And Alcohol

Perfect for home baked good and cocktails, these easy to make tea-infused syrups are made by steeping a tea bag in boiling water for a few minutes. Once the flavours have come out, remove the bag and add in equal parts of sugar. Thats it.

To infuse alcohol, simple dunk one or two tea bags into a jar of your current favourite alcohol for no more than 15 minutes and voila, you get a delicious glass of flavoured booze for pennies!

Have Your Heard Of Tea Eggs?

Since living in Singapore, tea eggs have become one of my favourite go-to snack. The eggs have a subtle earthy, herbal flavour from being boiled, shelled and then soaked overnight or 12 hours in black tea infused with herbs.

Try A Green Tea Bag Eye Mask

Soak two unflavoured green tea bags in warm water and rest them on your closed lids. The caffeine in green tea will help de-puff while the antioxidants will refresh your skin.

Try An Herbal Tea Soak

If you have a box of expired herbal tea bags, don’t bin it. Use them for a soothing and relaxing herbal soak instead. Simply add around four or more tea bags into a tub of hot water. Leave the tea to seep into the water and get ready for a relaxing soak. You can even add a few drops of lavender essential oil if you are prepping for bed, or a decongesting eucalyptus essential oil if you are feeling under the weather.

Turn Used Tea Leaves Into Compost

Not all tea bags are compostable (check the label), so cut the bags open and compost your used tea bags. They make for great fertiliser for your plants.