How Long You Can Keep Tea Bags

There are a lot of tea bags in the boxes. So, how long can we keep these bags? After doing a little research, I realize that we can use tea bags for 1-2 years. This is based on the expiration date the manufacturer provides.

Your tea bags should be kept in a sealed container in a dark, cold place. Otherwise, they can go-bag or expire. However, it is not easy. In this post, we will look at teabags and how long they can last. Keep reading to get more info about this topic.

Will Tea Bags Expire or Go Bad?

Yes, they will. Almost all tea bags out there come with a “Best taste date”. This info lets you know the time you can feel the tea tastes best when you use it by this date.

Most of the tea bags are made to let you use them within 18 months of the production date.

They include Iced Tea Brew, Herbal, Black, Black Flavored Teas, Cold Brew Tea, English Breakfast, Earl Grey. This date also shows you a measure of the quality and taste that are safe for you.

How Can I Know When Tea Bags Go Bad?

According to the manufacturers, their tea bags offer the best quality by date on their packages. However, they don’t know your kitchen, as well as how you will store your products.

If you keep your products in a ziplock bag in a cabinet or your kitchen, they will dry out.

If you let your tea bags get wet, sit out in the sun, get moist, they will go bad. If you own some products that have been around for five years, you need to follow some points as below:

  • Smell the tea bags: if they smell musty, unpleasant, or sour, it will be time to throw them.
  • Find evidence of bugs: you need to look for holes in the tea bags, as well as movement in them.
  • Obvious mildew or mold.

Once you notice one of those signs above, you may need to throw them. Although you have to spend a few bucks for a new one, it will not be more expensive than treating foodborne illness.

Can We Drink Expired Tea Bags?

Yes, we can. When these bags expire, they just simply be drier, older, and less flavourful. If you store them properly in an airtight container, they are still great for over a year after the best by date.

Older tea bags offer you less flavourful teas. However, they also bring out the beneficial flavonols as well as the caffeine.

If you don’t see any signs that your tea bags go bad, such as mold, an unpleasant smell, or mildew, they are just fine for you.

How to Keep Our Tea Bags Fresh

You need to keep your tea bags in an airtight container in a dark place. Avoid keeping them near a window or next to the stove since light and heat aren’t good for your teabags.

We recommend you store your tea bags in a kitchen cabinet. They should also be kept away from your spices.

According to most manufacturers, we shouldn’t keep our tea bags in the freezer or refrigerator. This method may affect your tea’s flavor.

Once you have already opened the tin or box, it’s best to store them in a ziplock bag in your pantry.


In this post, we have given you an in-depth look into the expiration dates of teabags. You know how teabags last if they are safe to use after their expiration. Also, we let you know how you can keep your tea bags fresher for a longer time. We hope this article is helpful to you, and you enjoyed it.


Hi, I'm Tanna. The baker, cook, photographer, writer and official taste tester behind The Hub of our Home. I also love crafting, reading, playing with my kiddos, ice cream, date night, summer.

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