Dry Tea Leaves as Deodorizer

I used to have a small bought gel-type deodorizer in my car that was "raspberry tea" scent. When it ran out, I washed out the container and kept it. A few weeks later my daughter commented that the car was stinky. I had been cleaning my cupboards and had found a couple of old cans of loose tea leaves. I had tried making the tea and drinking it but it wasn't very tasty any more. So I dumped the leaves (about 1/4 cup or 100 cc) into the deodorizer container and put it in the car.

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The next day, no smell! It has been there for three months and the car still doesn't smell.

I have also used loose green tea leaves and old unused tea bags in our toilet rooms and laundry room. This technique works well in a small space, but not so well in a larger room.

Many spray or gel deodorizers in Japan advertise "fight odor with green tea extract" I figure, why buy the product when I have the real thing? Black tea works too!

By Cantate from Tokyo, Japan

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

What a great idea!

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

Please indicate the quantity of leaves you suggest to use in a room.
Thanks.

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May 17, 20180 found this helpful

Here i have half bowl(small bowl) of dried used green tea leaves. This is loose leaves so i can just guess maybe as much as about 6-8 teabags?

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It is ok if u start with only few grams. Everytime i drink, i just let the leaves dry on paper ,and just top it on the previous pile in the bowl.

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August 29, 20070 found this helpful

Quantity: about 1/4 cup for a small enclosed room (the largest room I tried this in is about 6'x3') or car.

I used the same amount in one container in a larger room (9' by 6') and it didn't work as well. I think it might work if I used two containers on opposite sides of the room. You may have to experiment for the size of your room, air flow, etc.

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In the larger room, I sprinkled tea leaves over the tatami floor and left them for about 8 hours, then vacuumed them up.

Cantate

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By Linne Dodds (Guest Post)
August 29, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks for the great idea. I keep a couple of used tea bags handy, as they are great to press on bumps & bruises & BUG BITES .
Other than that they go in the compost pile.

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By Linne Dodds (Guest Post)
August 29, 20070 found this helpful

Also keep a couple of damp used tea bags to put on bumps, bruises, minor burns, toothaches, bug stings & bites. Toss the old ones the next time you make tea.

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August 31, 20070 found this helpful

I also put a couple of old teabags in my vacuum bag to keep it from smelling.

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By Laurel (Guest Post)
September 1, 20070 found this helpful

Can you use regular old Lipton/orange pekoe tea to deodorize your car? Mine STINKS! :o)

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May 17, 20180 found this helpful

Yup, i also utilized the used green tea leaves. I strain them after drinking them, let dry on any paper, and put it in a small bowl and place it on your nightstand or just anywhere.

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My room smells clean without the hazardous effects of artificial air fresheners.

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