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People all over the world have a relationship with wine that dates back centuries. It’s used in everything from religious ceremonies like Holy Communion to the Mexican papago tribe’s ritualized cactus wine drinking ceremonies. We use it in our social lives to celebrate births and weddings as well as to drown our sorrows after a bad day or unwind after a hard day at work.
Wine connoisseurs may plan entire vacations around the imbibing of wine, while college students might try and impress their buddies by chugging it back like soda at a frat party. Adventurous gourmands may use wine in cooking to enhance the food’s flavors while some may simply prefer to savor the wine with almost ceremonial reverence, using the kind of wine decanter on TheWineAerator to allow the wine to breathe.
However you prefer to enjoy your wine, here are some unexpected household uses that you might find for that not-quite-glassful the morning after.
Turn bad wine into good vinegar
Nobody wants to drink wine that’s gone on the sour side. However homemade red wine vinegar is easy to make and the health benefits can be palpable as you remove the alcohol while maximizing the antioxidants. It’s more than likely to taste nicer than store bought vinegars, too. Simply pour the wine into a glass jar with a cup of vinegar and leave it for a few days. Hey presto, cheap and healthy red wine vinegar!
Pour a glass of red in the bath
Red wine is rich in antioxidants that don’t have to be ingested to be beneficial to your health. They can soften and repair damaged skin. Next time you’re about to reach for the bubbles or bath salts, try adding a glass of red wine to your bath and soaking way to softer skin.
Use white wine as a chemical-free cleaner
Many homemakers know that white wine can be used to blot out red wine stains on carpets and upholstery, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to white wine’s cleaning uses. Its combination of alcohol and acidity give it natural disinfectant properties that equal those of harmful chemicals, making it a baby safe way of cleaning glass and kitchen surfaces.
Use red wine to dye old clothes
Anyone who’s ever spilled a glass of red wine can testify to its staining power. The colour in darker wines can permanently affect virtually every type of fabric making it perfect as a natural dye. Take old light colored clothes and experiment with different concentrations as you can dye your fabrics a range of colors from light pink to dark red.
Upgrade your compost
Even the compost heap is partial to a snifter every now and then. A bottle that’s gone really bad can serve a useful purpose when added to your garden mulch. The sugar content in wine encourages the propagation of bacteria in a seemingly sterile compost heap while also keeping it moist.
It’s incredible how versatile your favorite tipple is around the home, though after all that cleaning, fabric staining and gardening… you’ll probably want to settle down with a glass of wine!