Wine is not only reserved for drinking on festive occasions, but also useful to keep inhouse at all times. Wine is loved around the world and drank by people from all walks of life. French biologist, also credited with the discovery of pasteurization; Louis Pasteur aptly puts it in saying: “Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.”
Sometimes, especially after festive seasons and celebrations it is common to have some left over wine which you may be wondering what to do with (apart from drinking of course). Well, whether you have in stock red or white, alcoholic or non-alcoholic, here are some alternative uses of left-over wine apart from drinking that can be beneficial to you at home:
- Wine can be used to treat bumps and bruises as it relieves inflamed tissues on the body. This is because it contains special antioxidants which have these properties. Still on the skin, wine helps to fight acne, eliminates wrinkles, slows the aging process and is good for skin tone.
- Wine is great for haircare; used in hair dye and is very effective in eliminating dandruff.
- Wine contains antioxidants and Resveratrol particularly found in red wine which helps to reduce heart disease and aids in weight loss.
- Antimicrobial properties in wines makes it a great choice for cleaning your fruits and vegetables as well as being a disinfectant. It is also used to clean glass, limescale, to remove grease, in addition to different types of stains.
- There is nothing like bad wine! Stored up wine which looks as if it is going bad can be used for vinegar.
- Using wine to cook is also a healthy option which can be considered when marinating meat, frying, grilling, as well as making cakes and ice cream. It is also useful in preserving food.
- Pouring wine into your compost heap can be a great source of fertilizer.
- Pouring wine on to cling film with holes in them is a trap for catching flies!
- Not only is wine good for hair dye but particularly red wine can be used to dye fabrics as well.
From your body to the kitchen and even in the garden, you will find some good uses for your left-over wine. Now that you know, you may not have to keep wine in the cellar only for drinking but also for everyday needs. What alternatives have you found apart from drinking in the use of wine? Feel free to add to the list.
By: Theresa R. Fianko