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How to Dry Reusable Plastic Bags

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 05:00 PM PDT

Plastic and silicone bags are pretty durable, so it's important to keep them clean before you use them again. While most plastic and silicone bags can be hand washed or cleaned in a dishwasher, they need to be dried out completely to prevent any mold or mildew from building up later on. To keep the bags sanitary, use a drying rack or clothesline to air-dry them completely.


[Edit]Cleaning out the Reusable Bags

  1. Throw out any bags that were used to store raw meats or known allergens. Check the label of your bag, or try to recall what it was used to store previously. If your bags came into direct contact with raw poultry, meat, or any other possible source of foodborne illnesses, be sure to discard them completely. The same rule applies to bags that held possible allergens for your household.[1]
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    • For instance, if someone in your household is allergic to peanuts, you'd want to throw out a reusable plastic bag that once held peanut brittle.
    • Damaged or torn bags also shouldn't be reused.
  2. Flip your bags so they're inside-out. Find the bottom edge of your plastic bag and push it upwards, pulling it past the zipper or seal. Double-check the edges and corners of the bag to ensure that they're completely inside-out so you can clean the plastic surface more thoroughly.[2]

  3. Fill a basin with cool or lukewarm water and a pea-sized amount of dish soap. Pour lukewarm or cool water into a sink, basin, bucket, or other small container. Next, take the dish soap of your choice and pour a tiny amount into the basin. Use your hand or a long utensil to stir and agitate the water until suds form.[3]
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  4. Use a sponge to clean off the inside of the bag. Dip a clean sponge into the sudsy water and begin wiping down the plastic bag. Focus on any big spills or messes sticking to the plastic, then move your sponge around the rest of the plastic surface. As you wipe, try to get the bag completely spotless.[4]

  5. Rinse off the surface with cool or lukewarm water. Wring out your sponge over the sink or container, then soak it with clean tap water. Remove the bag from the sudsy basin, then wipe down the surface with the clean sponge. Try to get rid of any visible suds until the bag is completely clean.[5]

    • You don't want to leave any suds on the outside of your bag, or the soapy residue could rub off onto whatever you store in the bag later.
  6. Wash your bags in the dishwasher if you don't want to hand wash them. Arrange your plastic bags over the racks in your dishwasher, then set the machine to a regular cycle. Don't choose a heated dry setting or a cycle that uses hot water, as these could damage and melt your plastic bags.[6]
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    • If your bags are still wet when they come out of the dishwasher, you can always air-dry them!
    • You can use whatever dish detergent you have on hand; however, keep in mind that gentler detergents may help your plastic bags to last longer.

[Edit]Air-Drying Your Bags

  1. Turn your plastic bags right-side-out. Push the bottom edge of your bag downward so it goes past the zipper or seal. Next, use your fingers to press along the edges and corners of the bag to ensure that it's back to normal. At this point, examine the item to make sure that the wet portions of plastic are along the inside of the bag.[7]

  2. Arrange your damp plastic bags over a bag drying rack. Place your homemade or store-bought bag drying rack on a countertop, table, or other flat surface in your living space. If you don't have a drying rack on hand, look for any spokes, hooks, or other sturdy objects that you could drape the bag over. You could also place a chopstick in a drinking glass and drape your bag over that.[8]

    • For instance, a mini birdhouse could work as an impromptu drying rack.[9]
    • You can purchase bag drying racks online. These items can be wooden or metal, and are composed of multiple spokes that you can drape your plastic bags over.
    • This method works best for Ziploc-style plastic bags. You can try drying your silicone bags this way, but a dishwasher is probably more efficient.[10]
  3. Place your bags on a clothesline if you don't have a drying rack handy. Arrange the bottom seam of your damp plastic bags on an outdoor clothesline, then secure the top of the bag into place with a clothespin. Only clip 1 side of the bag onto the clothesline so it can stay open and air-dry completely.[11]
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    • If you don't have a lot of room outside, you can set up an indoor clothesline instead.
    • You can line-dry both plastic bags and reusable grocery bags.
  4. Wait until the inside of your bags are dry to the touch. Check on your bags on an hourly or daily basis to see if they're dry. If you see any leftover moisture or water droplets in your bags, leave them on the rack or clothesline for several more hours. Leave your reusable plastic or grocery bags be until they're fully dry to the touch.[12]
    Dry Reusable Plastic Bags Step 10.jpg
    • If you use your bags when they're still damp, you could be setting yourself up for unwanted mold or mildew later.
  5. Wipe out your bag with a microfiber cloth if it's still damp. If your bag is taking too much time to air-dry, place a folded microfiber cloth inside. Seal or zip the end of the bag, then shake and squeeze the cloth inside of the plastic. Continue doing this for around 30 seconds, or until the inside of the bag is completely dry. Then, you can remove the cloth and use the bag again![13]

[Edit]Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Mild laundry detergent
  • Drying rack (optional)
  • Bag dryer (optional)
  • Clothesline (optional)
  • Clothespins (optional)


How to Wear a Dress Shirt Untucked

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 09:00 AM PDT

Although untucked shirts aren't a great option for formal events, they can add a layer of polish and style to a casual ensemble. Before selecting a dress shirt to wear, compare the garment against a few basic guidelines to see if it can be untucked. Then, you can experiment with different sweaters, jeans, and various kinds of shoes until you find a casual or formal outfit that works well for you!


[Edit]Choosing the Right Dress Shirt

  1. Select a shirt that only goes down to your zipper. Try on your dress shirt in front of a mirror, so you can see how long the shirt tails are. While you don't have to measure the garment, see if the hem drifts below the middle of your pant's zipper. If the shirt is long and baggy, set it aside and try on a different garment. Additionally, check that the shirt doesn't ride up on your midsection.[1]
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    • Untucked dress shirts look best when they're shorter in length overall.
    • Lift up your arms to see how long or short your garment is. If your shirt lifts up to the point where you can see your midsection, then you shouldn't wear it untucked.
  2. Untuck shirts that have a straight hemline. Examine the bottom section of your shirt to see if it's straight or curved. While many dress shirts can be worn tucked or untucked, note that shirts with curved, uneven seams with obvious shirt tails are designed to be tucked into your pants.[2]
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    • Shirts with curved hemlines and shirt tails are designed to be tucked into dress pants, and are typically worn with jackets or blazers, or as part of a suit ensemble.
    • Shirts with straight hems can be squared-off or curved along the bottom.
  3. Opt for dress shirts with loose collars to create a casual outfit. Pinch the fabric of your collar to see how stiff or loose the material is. If the collar is stuffed or made with an especially sturdy fabric, set the shirt aside for a more formal occasion. If the collar is loose, then you can repurpose the shirt for a business-casual or everyday look.[3]
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    • Shirts with tight, stiff collars are more designed to be paired with ties, dress pants, suits, and other formal attire.
  4. Pick out dress shirts that comfortably fit so you can look professional. Try on different garments to see if they fit over your back, shoulders, and midsection without being too tight or baggy. If the shirt is too loose, you might look unpolished. However, if you choose a garment that's too tight, your outfit might come off as awkward and uncomfortable. If the dress shirt doesn't fit properly, don't wear it untucked.[4]
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    • To ensure that your clothing fits comfortably, take some basic measurements and compare them to a sizing chart. This can help give you a better idea of what size shirt is best for your body type.
  5. Gauge the formality of the event before attending in an untucked shirt. Think about the purpose of your outing and determine if it's a fancy or casual event. If the event is considered black-tie, be sure to tuck in your dress shirt. If you're going out for drinks or to a casual party, then you'll be fine going out with an untucked shirt.[5]
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    • Always err on the side of caution when planning an outfit. If you aren't sure if the occasion is formal or casual, leave your dress shirt tucked in.
    • For instance, you'll probably want to tuck in your shirt when attending a wedding, unless the event is explicitly described as a relaxed, casual.

[Edit]Creating a Casual Outfit

  1. Roll up your sleeves for a more casual, on-the-go look. If you're leaving your shirt untucked, there's no reason to leave your arms constricted by long shirt sleeves! Take the cuff of your shirt sleeve and roll it backwards until you reach your elbow. Try to roll your sleeves evenly on both sides, so your outfit still looks polished and professional.[6]
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    • If you're planning an outfit for warmer weather, choose a short-sleeved dress shirt or polo shirt instead.
  2. Pair an untucked dress shirt with jeans to give off a casual vibe. Choose a comfortable pair of jeans in your preferred style. As you put the outfit together, check that the dress shirt doesn't fall below the middle of the zipper. You can finish off the outfit with a formal or casual pair of shoes, depending on your own personal preference.[7]
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    • For instance, try pairing a blue-patterned dress shirt with dark blue jeans. Create a relaxed look by rolling up the sleeves, or add a formal touch by sliding on a watch.
    • Belts are an acceptable accessory to wear with an untucked shirt.[8]
  3. Keep the top 2 buttons undone to give yourself some breathing room. If you're not wearing a tie or similar accessory, you don't need to keep all of your dress shirt's buttons secured into place. Instead, leave the top buttons open, while the rest are still secured into place. If you'd prefer to create a more polished look, only leave the top collar button undone.[9]
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    • Leaving the top button tied will make your outfit stiff and uncomfortable.
  4. Pick sneakers or athletic shoes to create a more casual look. If you're planning to be on-the-go, opt for a pair of shoes that fit comfortably and provide you with a lot of mobility. If you don't like wearing sneakers or trainers, opt for tennis shoes or another type of comfortable footwear.[10]
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    • For example, try pairing a short-sleeved, untucked dress shirt with a pair of jeans and some comfortable tennis shoes.

[Edit]Building a Dressier Ensemble

  1. Wear a dress shirt with nice pants or chinos to a formal setting. Instead of choosing a pair of baggy pants, opt for a pair of chinos or dress pants that have a sleek, professional look. Choose soft, muted colors that work well in an office or other professional atmosphere, like dark green or tan. For an especially comfortable and stylish ensemble, choose an untucked, short-sleeve dress shirt to complete your outfit.[11]
    Wear a Dress Shirt Untucked Step 10.jpg
    • Belts, watches, and aviators are great accessories to try with this type of outfit.
    • For example, try pairing a blue short-sleeved dress shirt with a pair of green chinos, along with professional, neutral-toned desert boots.
  2. Slip on a sweater to create a stylish ensemble. Add an extra layer of warmth to your outfit during the colder months by slipping a sweater overtop of an untucked dress shirt. Be sure to select a dress shirt that fits correctly and doesn't fall over the midsection of your pants zipper.[12]
    Wear a Dress Shirt Untucked Step 11.jpg
    • While some people prefer to tuck in dress shirts beneath a sweater, there's nothing wrong with the bottom of the shirt being visible beneath the garment.
    • For example, try slipping on a dark green sweater over a white dress shirt. Pair these items with a pair of jeans, along with a comfortable pair of loafers.
    • For instance, a pair of loafers can go well with a pair of dark jeans.
  3. Avoid wearing jackets or blazers with an untucked shirt. While untucked shirts are a comfortable option for social gatherings and casual, everyday outfits, don't try to mix them into your especially formal attire. If you're choosing to wear a suit or blazer of any kind, keep your shirt tucked into the waistline of your pants.[13]
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    • If you're trying to stay warm, opt for a casual jacket or coat instead.
  4. Choose loafers if you're headed to a fancier location. When adding the finishing touches to your outfit, look for a pair of shoes that add a layer of polish to your outfit without appearing over-the-top. If you're headed to a party or other social gathering, slip on a pair of loafers to compliment the relaxed style of your untucked dress shirt.[14]
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    • Since an untucked shirt is only used for relaxed, casual occasions, you don't need to slip on fancy dress shoes or wingtips.


How to Deal with Homesickness in College

Posted: 21 Mar 2020 01:00 AM PDT

Going away to college is a big life transition, and it can also be hard to leave home. However, it's important to remember that you haven't left for good. You can always go home for a visit or to stay if you really want to. But while you're away at college, you have a whole new world of people and fun opening up to you! Enjoy this exciting time of growth and adventure by getting involved in campus activities and meeting new people. When homesickness hits you hard, allow yourself to feel it and seek help if you are struggling. As you continue your college journey, maintain your connections to home with regular phone calls, visits, and decorative touches.


[Edit]Staying Connected to Home

  1. Talk to people at home via weekly phone calls. Don't rely on social media, text, or emails alone to stay connected. Make sure that you call home once per week or more if needed to maintain your connection. You could even try video chatting with friends and family back home to feel even more connected.[1]
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    • Try scheduling a weekly phone call home when you have time to sit and chat for a while, such as on a Saturday morning or on a weeknight evening when you don't have anything planned.
  2. Plan a visit home so you'll have something to look forward to. Most colleges give students a long weekend and a 1 week break at some point during the semester, which is the perfect opportunity to head home for a visit. Plan out your visit in advance, such as by securing transportation and making plans with friends and family back home.[2]
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  3. Decorate your room with things that remind you of home. Your dorm room or college apartment is your home away from home, so you can decorate it however you want. Try decorating it with a few items from your bedroom at home to help make it seem more inviting. You could even maintain the same color scheme and theme as your bedroom back home.[3]
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    • For example, if the walls of your bedroom at home are covered with your favorite movie posters, bring some of them with you to college and put them up.
    • Or, if you have a green and white color scheme in your bedroom at home, get some green and white decorative touches to place in your dorm room.
    • Adorning your bed with your favorite old comforter, throw pillow, or even a stuffed animal can also help to make it seem more like home.

[Edit]Coping with Your Feelings

  1. Acknowledge your feelings and allow yourself to experience them. If you notice that you're feeling homesick, don't try to ignore how you're feeling. Acknowledge that you're experiencing homesickness and allow yourself to feel sad for a while, such as by crying or just being quiet and noticing how you feel. However, make sure to limit how long you spend feeling sad, such as keeping it to a 1-2 hour window.[4]
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    • You might also benefit from writing about your feelings. This can help you to understand your feelings better and give you time to experience them.
  2. Talk to a friend or family member about how you're feeling. Once you have given yourself permission and time to experience your feelings, talk to someone you trust about what you're going through. Try calling up a friend, parent, or sibling and telling them how you feel.[5]
    Deal with Homesickness in College Step 5 Version 2.jpg
    • For example, you might say something like, "I'm feeling really sad and I think it's because I'm homesick."
    • Let them know how being homesick is affecting you, such as if it's making it hard to concentrate or enjoy fun things.
  3. Visit the counseling center on your campus if you're struggling. If you continue to feel sad and isolated, reach out to someone who can help you. Most college campuses provide free counseling to their students, so consider paying a visit to the campus counseling center. Try calling first to see if you need to make an appointment or if they have drop-in hours available.[6]
    Deal with Homesickness in College Step 6.jpg
    • It's especially important to talk with a counselor if your homesickness is interfering with your ability to succeed in your courses or engage in everyday activities. Also, make sure to talk to someone right away if you've lost interest in things you used to enjoy.
    • Contact emergency services in your country, such as by dialing 911 in the United States, if you are thinking of hurting yourself.

[Edit]Getting Involved in Campus Life

  1. Join a club or special interest group on campus. This is a great way to fill your time, meet new friends, and have fun while you're in college. Attend the club fair during the first couple weeks of the semester or visit the office of student activities to find out what clubs are available. Pick one or two that sound interesting to you and attend their meetings.[7]
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    • For example, if you're interested in politics, you could join the College Democrats or College Republicans.
    • If you like acting, you might get involved with the campus Drama or Improv club.
  2. Attend all of your classes even if you're feeling down. Regular attendance is important for doing well in college and it's also a great way to distract yourself if you're feeling homesick. Don't skip class because you're feeling sad about missing home. Go to class, learn as much as you can, and talk to people![8]
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    • For example, you could chat with your neighbor before class starts, introduce yourself to your professor after class, or just respond to questions your professor asks during the lesson.
  3. Take advantage of your campus's amenities. If you don't have anything going on, use the time to explore a new part of your campus. Colleges usually have a student gym, recreation center, and a large library. Pick something on your campus to check out and enjoy yourself.[9]
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    • For example, you could head to the gym and use the equipment or take a class.
    • Or, see what's happening in the recreation center and attend an event or workshop.
    • If you've got studying to do or just want a quiet place to read, head to your campus's library and find a cozy spot.
  4. Introduce yourself to classmates and other people you meet. It can be a little scary to be in a new place with all new people, but it's also very exciting! Take the opportunity to make new friends. Introduce yourself to the person or people sitting next to you in each of your classes. Ask them where they're from, what their major is, and how they're liking college so far.[10]
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    • Many professors include an icebreaker activity on the first day of classes to help students get to know each other. Try to remember the names of each of the people you meet during this activity. Then, greet them by their name if you happen to bump into them later in the day.
  5. Make plans to do things with the people you meet. Take people up on invitations to go out and do things and invite people to go out and do things with you as well. Look for opportunities to invite people to do things with you and accept invitations from people that you want to get to know better.[11]
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    • For example, you could invite your roommate to go on a walk through town over the weekend.
    • Ask the person who always sits next to you in chemistry class if they want to grab lunch or coffee with you sometime.
    • Go have fun with members of your Improv club if they invite you out with them.


How to Make Chai Tea

Posted: 20 Mar 2020 05:00 PM PDT

Although chai has its origins in India, this flavorful black tea is popular around the world. To make homemade chai with a bold flavor, crush your own spices and steep them with black tea bags and milk. If you don't feel like measuring your own spices, buy flavored chai tea bags from the store and pour hot water over the bag to brew the tea. For the speediest mug of chai, create a powdered chai tea mix that you can dissolve in water or milk.


[Edit]Chai Tea from Scratch

  • 8 green cardamom pods
  • 8 cloves
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • A piece of fresh ginger
  • of whole milk
  • of water
  • 4 plain black tea bags
  • Sugar, to taste


[Edit]Brewing Chai Tea Bags

  • 1 chai tea bag
  • of water
  • of milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (10 g) of honey
  • 1 teaspoon (4 g) of sugar


[Edit]Homemade Chai Mix

  • 2 ½ teaspoons (4.5 g) of ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons (4 g) of ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon (1.5 g) of ground cloves
  • ¾ teaspoon (1.5 g) of ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) of ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) of ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) of finely-ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups (187 g) of unsweetened instant tea or decaffeinated instant tea
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups (300 to 400 g) of sugar
  • 1 cup (125 g) of nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup (125 g) of powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1 cup (125 g) of French vanilla-flavored powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup (59 g) of unsweetened cocoa powder, optional

Makes 5 ½ cups (704 g) of mix


[Edit]Making Chai Tea from Scratch

  1. Use a skillet to crush cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns. Put 8 green cardamom pods, 8 cloves, and 4 whole black peppercorns into a sealable plastic bag and press the air out. Seal the bag and press a heavy skillet or rolling pin on it to crush the spices.[1]

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    • If you have a mortar, put the spices into it and use the pestle to crush the spices until the pods open.
  2. Peel a piece of ginger and slice it into pieces. Use the edge of a spoon to scrape the peel from a piece of fresh ginger. Carefully cut it into thin slices that are thick.[2]

    • If you can't find fresh ginger, substitute 1 teaspoon (2 g) of ground ginger.
  3. Place the spices, cinnamon sticks, and ginger in a saucepan. Put the crushed spices into a medium saucepan on the stove. Add two cinnamon sticks and the sliced ginger.[3]

    • There's no need to crush the cinnamon sticks since you'll strain them out along with the spices. They'll add a strong, spicy flavor to your tea.
  4. Add of milk and of water. Pour the whole milk and water into the saucepan with the spices. Although you can use low-fat milk, using whole milk gives your tea a richer, creamier taste.[4]

    • Feel free to substitute alternative milk, such as soy, oat, or almond milk.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Turn the burner on and keep the lid off of the saucepan. This helps you see when the mixture begins to boil. You can stir it occasionally to distribute the spices.[5]

    • Heating the spices in the milk will make the tea more flavorful.
  6. Add 4 tea bags and turn off the heat. As soon as the liquid reaches a boil, turn off the burner. Open 4 black tea bags and place them into the saucepan with the liquid. Press down on each tea bag with the back of a spoon to submerge it completely.[6]

  7. Cover the saucepan and steep the tea for 10 minutes. Put the lid on the pan so the tea doesn't cool and set a timer. Steep the tea until the liquid becomes a deep, pinkish-tan color.[7]
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    • You can stir the tea occasionally to prevent the spices from settling as the tea steeps.
  8. Strain the tea and sweeten it according to your taste. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a teapot or large measuring jug. Slowly pour the chai tea through the strainer and discard the solids. Then, taste the tea and stir in as much sugar as you like.[8]

    • Put the lid on the saucepan and refrigerate leftover chai tea for up to 3 days.
    • Use your favorite sweetener. You could try honey, agave, or stevia, for instance.

[Edit]Brewing Chai Tea Bags

  1. Bring of water to a boil. Fill a kettle or saucepan with water that hasn't been boiled before and set it on the stove. Using fresh water gives your tea the best flavor. Then, turn the burner to high so the water comes to a boil.[9]

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    • If you prefer, heat the water in an electric kettle.
  2. Put 1 chai tea bag in a mug and pour in the boiling water. Open 1 chai tea bag and put it in a large serving mug. Carefully pour of the boiling water into the mug so the tea bag is saturated.[10]

    • Try your favorite variety of storebought chai tea bags. You could use decaffeinated, chai green tea, or herbal chai tea, for instance.
  3. Steep the tea for 4 to 6 minutes before you remove the bag. Stir the tea occasionally to distribute the chai tea seasonings in the water and set a timer for at least 4 minutes. The longer you steep the tea, the more flavorful the chai will be. Remove the tea bag once the tea has brewed as long as you like.[11]

    • For even stronger chai tea, leave the tea to steep for up to 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the honey and sugar. Pour in 1 1/2 teaspoons (10 g) of honey along with 1 teaspoon (4 g) of sugar. Stir the sweeteners well so they dissolve into the tea. Then, taste the tea and add more honey or sugar if you want the tea even sweeter.[12]

    • You could substitute agave, stevia, or low-calorie sweetener for the honey and sugar.
  5. Pour in of milk. If you don't mind your chai tea cooling off a little, stir in the milk while it's cold. For hot chai tea, warm the milk in a saucepan on the stove or microwave it for about 30 seconds before you add it to your mug of tea.[13]

[Edit]Making Chai Mix Powder

  1. Put all of the spices into a large bowl. If your spices are over 6 months old, buy new spices so they have a bolder flavor. Measure each of the following spices and add them to the bowl:[14]

    • 2 ½ teaspoons (4.5 g) of ground ginger
    • 2 teaspoons (4 g) of ground cinnamon
    • ¾ teaspoon (1.5 g) of ground cloves
    • ¾ teaspoon (1.5 g) of ground cardamom
    • 1 teaspoon (2 g) of ground allspice
    • 1 teaspoon (2 g) of ground nutmeg
    • ½ teaspoon (1 g) of finely-ground black pepper
  2. Whisk in instant tea, sugar, milk powder, and the nondairy creamers. Use 1 ½ cups (187 g) of unsweetened or decaffeinated black tea and add between 1 ½ and 2 cups (300 to 400 g) of sugar, depending on how sweet you like your chai. To make your chai mix milky, whisk in 1 cup (125 g) of nonfat dry milk powder, 1 cup (125 g) of powdered nondairy creamer, and 1 cup (125 g) of French vanilla-flavored powdered nondairy creamer.[15]

    • If you don't want to buy 3 different powdered products, use a total of 3 cups (375 g) of any 1 of these ingredients.
  3. Store the mix in an airtight container until you're ready to drink it. Your chai mix is good to use for up to 6 months. Keep it in your pantry in an airtight container, like a jar or a sealable bag, for maximum freshness.[16]

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    • Remember to label the container so you know when to use the mix by.
  4. Dissolve (16 g) of mix in of boiling water to make a mug of tea. To make a quick cup of chai tea, carefully pour the boiling water into a large mug. Then, stir in the powdered mix until it's completely dissolved. If you'd like even creamier chai tea, use milk or a combination of milk and water.[17]

    • If you added cocoa powder to the mix, use hot milk instead of water.


  • For a cool treat, blend ¼ cup (32 g) of chai tea mixture with of milk and 3 ½ cups (525 g) of vanilla ice cream.[18]

[Edit]Things You'll Need

[Edit]Chai Tea from Scratch

  • Sealable plastic bag
  • Heavy skillet or rolling pin
  • Spoon
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Saucepan with lid
  • Fine-mesh strainer
  • Serving mugs

[Edit]Brewing Chai Tea Bags

  • Kettle or saucepan
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Spoon
  • Large serving mug
  • Small saucepan, optional

[Edit]Homemade Chai Mix

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Airtight container
  • Mug

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