10 Of The Most Brilliant Alternative Uses For Wine

by Angel Chang
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There’s nothing better than finding effective, efficient uses for everyday household items. One of the most ideal ways to use something so familiar is to utilize it in a transformative way.

One of the most versatile ingredients — yes, ingredients — is wine. We all drink it. It is aromatic, is packed full with healthy antioxidants, and pairs well with several types of foods.

What many people don’t know, however, is that wine — both red and white — can be very helpfully applied to daily situations.

Below, we reveal some of our favorite alternate ways to put wine to good use. From extracting the inherent beneficial components of wine to combining them with other substances, these are some steps we can all learn to make our lives easier.

Read on to find out some of the more surprising, fascinating uses for good ol’ leftover vino. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Use it to clean fruits

other uses for wine

Wine has several antimicrobial properties — which means that it can be utilized as an effective disinfectant. Rinsing fruits like apples and grapes can help kill most of the bacteria on the food’s surface. Microbiologist Mark Daeschel, of Oregon State University, compared the results of wine-based disinfectant and hydrogen peroxide, and found that they both showed antibacterial elements.

Use it to make a fruit fly trap

other uses for wine

One of the easiest ways to lure in fruit flies is with unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Fruit flies are attracted to the smell of vinegar — so, similarly, they are drawn in by the smell of wine. Try leaving a little wine at the bottom of the bottle after you’ve opened it. Flies will file in, but the funnel-shaped bottle neck will make escaping difficult.

Use it to create an anti-aging bath

other uses for wine

In recent years, “wine baths” have become increasingly popular. It’s no secret that red wine has wonderful antioxidant properties. The use of wine in spa remedies has been dubbed “vinotherapy.” Since the 1990s, many have believed that compounds found in grape vines, branches, and seeds, such as polyphenols, could help improve circulation.

Use it to make a DIY facial mask

Use it to make a DIY facial mask

Antioxidants, like amino acids, found in red wine can effectively soothe and change the appearance of several skin conditions, including sun damage, wrinkles, and sagging. Click here to see one of the many face mask ideas to try at home.

Use it to remove grease stains

other uses for wine

White wines are already known to fight red wine stains. Dry white wines don’t leave stains or a sticky residue. The acidity of the wine, coupled with its natural alcohol content, can easily kill germs. This is a great substitute for ordinary kitchen disinfectants, since there are no harsh chemicals involved.

Use it to heal bruises

other uses for wine

In addition to the above mentioned inherent components, wine is rich in flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that can help relieve inflamed body tissue. If you would ever like to try applying something other than an ice pack, try soaking a sponge in some leftover red wine to soothe the skin.

Use it to fertilize plants

other uses for wine

Many already use red wine as a composting agent. By adding a few drops of wine into the composting bin, you’ll help activate the resident bacteria, and promote green growth in the garden.

Use it to dye fabric

other uses for wine

Natural fabrics like cotton and linen will dye more easily than synthetic ones, like polyester. After pouring wine into a stockpot, place it over high heat and bring it to a boil. Simmer and reduce the wine by one-third, and soak the fabric in for up to 24 hours. Click here to see the complete instructions.

Use it to clean glass

other uses for wine

Spoiled white wine already has a make up similar to that of vinegar. Just like it can help etch out stains, the vinegary white wine can be used as a disinfectant on glass surfaces, like windows.

Use it to condition hair

other uses for wine

Resveratrol, a component found in red wine, has been noted to help prevent hair loss. Many have incorporated wine into their hair wash routine, by first applying shampoo and conditioner as usual, before giving their hair a final rinse with red wine.

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