A Natural Way to Clean Garden Tools

gloves-bag_300Now’s the time to begin prepping for gardening weather. To clean your rusty tools naturally, try black tea.

That’s right: Black tea is strong enough to help scour dirty trowels, shears, and the like. Simply brew a few pots and allow time to cool. Next, pour the tea into a bucket and soak the tools for a few hours. Then, while wearing rubber gloves (to prevent staining your skin), wipe each tool down with a cloth. You’ll be good to garden in no time—weather permitting, of course.

See our month-by-month guide to vegetable gardening.


  1. cleanli

    Reblogged this on cleanli and commented:
    A really great idea!

    March 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm
  2. Divinitea

    It’s amazing all the cleaning you can do with tea. Even old tea leaves can absorb odors like baking soda.

    March 19, 2014 at 5:15 pm

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