Food Waste

Published on April 30th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe


Make Tea Dye from Leftover Tea

Make Tea Dye

Check out this clever way to use your leftover tea: make tea dye for fabric!

We don’t tend to leave any hot tea in our mugs at my house, but now that the weather is warming up, iced tea is on the menu! I tend to be super ambitious about how much iced tea my husband and I are going to drink. Sadly, that often means pouring out iced tea that maybe sat in the fridge for a smidge too long. Boo!

Related Reading: 10 Resources to Reduce Food Waste by Using those Leftovers

Next time we have leftovers, I’m going to try using that tea as a fabric dye instead of pouring it out in the garden.

Spotted: How to Dye Fabric with Tea (via

Got some plain fabric handy? Check out how to dye fabric with tea for a natural, earthy look. We love natural fabric dyes around here, so I was intrigued when I ran across this tutorial from the Textile Arts Center on how to dye fabric with tea. The…

Image Credit: Iced Tea photo via Shutterstock

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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