5 Uses of Salt Combined With Tea Leaves

(Image: Dried tea leaves and salt in a satchet can keep areas dry and odor free. Wilerson S Andrade via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
Dried tea leaves and salt in a satchet can keep areas dry and odor free. (Image: Wilerson S Andrade via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Traditionally Chinese people have always had an affinity for drinking tea, especially after a meal or when spending time with friends. The benefits of drinking tea alone or shared are many. Salt is another household necessity that is used daily by most people and is found in nearly every home. Putting these two common things together can work wonders.

All you need are some dried tea leaves, salt, a disposable face mask, and a pair of scissors.

First, cut across the mask on its side. Separate it a little and you will see two separate layers inside. Put the salt in one layer and the tea leaves in the other. Tie it shut with the wire that is taken out from the cut-out part. The sachet is now ready for any number of uses.

1. Absorb unpleasant odors in the refrigerator

The polyphenols in the tea leaves can absorb smells while the salt serves to deodorize. The refrigerator will smell fresh again after just one night.

2. Absorb any formaldehyde that might be in a newly renovated room

New furniture can emit formaldehyde. It is used in adhesives because it is compatible with other materials and is low in price. Put a sachet in each corner of the room to absorb the harmful particles as well as purify the air.

3. Put in food storage containers to keep the contents dry

Both tea leaves and salt absorb moisture. Putting a sachet in a container you use to keep rice or pasta in can help keep moisture out.

4. Put in shoes to absorb odors

Putting a sachet in the shoes overnight can make them odorless by the next morning.

5. Put in your closet to keep the air dry

Putting a sachet in the wardrobe can keep your clothes dry and smell-free.

Translated by Cecilia

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