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Sun Tea from Used Tea Bags

A box of Sleepytime tea.Instead of throwing out your old tea bags, try this instead and save money. Take a small empty jar and once you have used your tea bag, put it in the small jar. Once you have collected 5 or 6 teabags, then get a gallon jar or a glass pitcher and move your tea bags to it. Fill with water and then set out in the sun (no shade areas) for a few hours. Bring in and serve cold. This is a great way to save money!

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December 9, 20190 found this helpful

As someone who made a lot of sun tea in the 70's, I quit doing this because of the following. Sun tea is the perfect medium for bacteria to grow. The essential problem is that sun tea will not get hotter than 130 degrees Fahrenheit, which is not hot enough to kill bacteria in the water or in the tea leaves.

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December 9, 20190 found this helpful

I have also heard this is dangerous.

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December 9, 20190 found this helpful

I use the sun tea jar and the old tea bags, but instead of putting this outside I just boil the water and let it sit. I have put this outside for years and have never had an issue at all.

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I know so many people who make sun tea all the time.

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