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Did you know that the staff at Chinese restaurants often wash their tables with…tea? That’s because the light brown color and soothing herbs are actually great for restoring furniture’s natural shine. Here’s how to try the technique out in your own home.

What you need: A fresh pot of strongly brewed tea and some lackluster wood furniture.

What you do: Wait for the pot to cool (because safety). Then soak a rag with the tea and wipe down the table or chair from top to bottom, really focusing on the spots that have become grimy. Voilà: instant shine!

Will my place smell like tea? A little. But doesn’t that sound better than chemical-based cleaner?

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