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Weird and Wonderful Ways to NOT Waste Wine

Weird and Wonderful Ways to NOT Waste Wine

Wine Science , Wine Weirdness 🕔May 23, 2016 1 comment

We’ve talked before (and will again) about things you can do with leftover wine. Though we admit, we’re still struggling with the general concept of “leftover wine”. Who has wine left over?! Well, obviously some do. And in case you’re among them, we’re here to help.

If it’s good enough to drink, and you just have too much, wine can be added to food. But what if the reason you have wine left in the first place is because you’d rather not drink it? That’s unfortunately a situation we do understand. We found some unique solutions from The Washingtonian, and none of them involve eating or drinking the “leftover” wine. That means you never have to waste another drop of wine… not even bad wine. (It is out there.)


Feed Your Plants



No, not like that. (Although we admit, the bottle thing is a pretty cool idea for watering them… which we never remember to do.)

Pour the wine right onto the compost pile! Throw in all your natural corks, too. (Do we need to specify not the plastic ones? We hope not.) The corks will break down, and the wine will help to encourage the bacteria in the composting process.


Have a Soak

The antioxidants in red wine are good for your skin, too! Add a few cups to your bath water, or try it as a toner.


Bug Off

Every home gets the occasional uninvited guest. Start treating them like your actual company, and offer them a drink!



No, not like that. But a wee bit of wine, employed judiciously, can be the key to getting your little friends to bug off.

Fruit flies? Leave a little wine on the counter. They’ll be drawn to it… and trapped. Ants? Mix a teaspoon of wine with a teaspoon of borax. (Yes, the stuff your grandma used for laundry, with the donkeys on the box.) The ants will love it… and they’ll take it home, where it’ll be the last meal they share.


Clean Your Veggies

Fresh produce is actually crawling with bacteria. We’re told to wash it, especially if it will be eaten raw. But who wants fruits and veggies that taste like soap? Try putting a little wine in a spray bottle. It’s easy to apply, easy to rinse, and no bubbles! And wine’s antibacterial properties are powerful enough to kill even e. coli and salmonella!


Got any tips for how YOU use wine you prefer not to drink? Handy hacks where flavor is irrelevant? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Max

    I love the idea of using wine and corks in your composting mix! That is such a great idea! Also, I hadn’t even thought about using them for a bath to help make your skin healthy!

    Reply Max 30 May 2016, 19:19

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