Tea lovers have been chatting up a storm online about the dangers of steeping pre-bagged tea. If you look at tea bags, they are either made from bleached paper or a plastic mesh, attached using a staple or adhesive. While effective at steeping the tea, the scalding hot water can leach out hazardous chemicals into your tea from the plastic, paper, staple or glue. While the jury is out on this one, a simple thing you can do to avoid it is to brew loose tea. There are many smartly designed infusers today that take the mess out of brewing loose tea. All you do is scoop it into a compartment and add water; it filters the tea instantly for you.