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For collecting teabags in a ramekin?

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PerfectlyPosed Sat 03-Jan-15 11:20:06

My DP just doesn't get it! My theory is that if I put them in the food wastage or the bin whilst hot, they will attract maggots. It's a habit I have picked up from my mum and have always done it. It's not like they're just sat on the work surface and they go straight into the food wastage once they have cooled down. Am I mad?? grin

QueenofKelsingra Sat 03-Jan-15 11:23:34

I do this. more because it saves me walking across the kitchen to the bin dropping tea-drops on my hand or the floor.

my mum does it too though so perhaps its one of those things that are only normal if your parents did it!

drinkyourmilk Sat 03-Jan-15 11:24:49

We use a ramekin or empty cup too.

sooperdooper Sat 03-Jan-15 11:25:05

I do this too, saves me dripping tea bags across the kitchen on a spoon

FunkyBoldRibena Sat 03-Jan-15 11:26:11

Don't tell me - you don't have a compost bin at all?

Mumski45 Sat 03-Jan-15 11:26:19

I do this but never heard about the maggot theory. I do so that I don't drip wet teabags across the floor to the bin.

canyou Sat 03-Jan-15 11:27:12

I do it as well grin Although my Mum used to do it as she would reuse the teabag

Selks Sat 03-Jan-15 11:27:23

I do this too, to save drips all across the floor to the bin.

TheFairyCaravan Sat 03-Jan-15 11:27:34

I put them straight into the kitchen bin. We've never had maggots in there.
I don't like to see used tea-bags, tea-spoons or anything that doesn't need to be there on the work top.

Bowlersarm Sat 03-Jan-15 11:30:09

I see why you do it, but I think cold congealing teabags look bloody horrible on show, in a pot. Yuk.

I put them straight into the compost bin and cover them up with a lid.

Tzibeleh Sat 03-Jan-15 11:30:18

Erm, yes, slightly bonkers.

Unless you live in a hot country/store your waste bin by a radiator/leave it uncovered for flies to lay eggs in it/only empty it once in a blue moon, maggots will not breed in your bin. Teabag temperature will not make any difference.

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 03-Jan-15 11:30:21

For maggots to arrive flies need to lay eggs on food waste they can not do this in a sealed container so for thinking you are stopping maggots YABU.
However, if you put them in the ramekin and empty it regularly to stop dripping tea all over the kitchen YANBU.
Maggots are an essential part of the composting/breaking down process.

Icimoi Sat 03-Jan-15 11:31:17

Straight in the bin, we've never had maggots. Mind you, I mostly do it out of laziness, I see no point in making extra washing up. We have a small kitchen, so bin is close by and there is no risk of drips on the floor.

Damnautocorrect Sat 03-Jan-15 11:31:58

I do this, as my compost bags dissolve with hot tea bags.

TheCowThatLaughs Sat 03-Jan-15 11:32:46

YABU - the smell of used teabags is one of the few smells that I really can't stand. And I don't think maggots would be able to feel the warmth of the teabags unless they were already in the bin, would they??

RumbelowSale Sat 03-Jan-15 11:32:46

I've a pot I keep them in, periodically open them up and fork them in round a climbing rose I've got. Maggots and teabags? What's the attraction there, then?

fredfredgeorgejnr Sat 03-Jan-15 11:32:57

YANBU to do it, the maggot reason is a bit bonkers.

And of course people will think you're a cheapskate drying them to re-use.

TheCowThatLaughs Sat 03-Jan-15 11:33:27

Also, don't maggots prefer raw meat to teabags?

BreeVDKamp Sat 03-Jan-15 11:34:39

YANBU I do this too! As does my mum.

dexter73 Sat 03-Jan-15 11:36:42

I didn't know that maggots were attracted to hot teabags and not cold teabags.

flightywoman Sat 03-Jan-15 11:37:09

YABU! I absolutely loathe pots/bowls/cups of used teabags. People used to do it where I worked,^and they never emptied it,^ it was utterly revolting.

iamnotthemoronwhisperer Sat 03-Jan-15 11:37:16

I do it too, because I always wrap kitchen waste in newspaper before putting into the compost bin (the brown council one, as we don't have need to make our own compost). They're never there for more than a few hours.

BathshebaDarkstone Sat 03-Jan-15 11:37:35

Never heard of warm teabags attracting maggots! My dad re-uses teabags though. grin

TheLastThneed Sat 03-Jan-15 11:39:00

I do this too...mostly to save me having to wash my hands after touching the bin...DP has a knack of leaving food on everything he touches...

PerfectlyPosed Sat 03-Jan-15 11:39:08

It's more the making the other food in the bin warm and attracting the maggots? Also, the dripping theory would make sense. As I said, the habit came from my mum and that would definitely have been her reason!

Glad I'm not completely alone. Have told DP to deal with it. He has plenty of weird habits that I ignore!

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