Do you have some leftover wine? If it’s a great bottle, we don’t blame you if it’s empty, but we can all relate to the pain that comes from pouring unused or spoiled wine down the drain. So, what would you say if we told you that there are everyday uses for spoiled or leftover wine around the house? That way, your money can go to good use and no wine is wasted! It’s a win-win situation.
Everyday Uses for Wine
Let’s explore some of the most everyday ways to use wine that you probably didn’t know about!
1. Washing Fruit and Vegetables
Forget the expensive fruit and vegetable cleaning products! Wine can make a great cleanser for fruit and vegetables. Wine contains a variety of microbial properties, making it a great disinfectant. Place your fruits and/or vegetables in a coriander and set inside a bowl. Pour the wine over top of the food slowly, and allow to sit in the liquid for one to two minutes.
Lift, rinse with water, and set to dry.
2. Hair and Skin Care
Another of our everyday uses for wine is adding it to your beauty routine! Red wine is high in an antioxidant known as resveratrol. Resveratrol is known for helping improve both hair and skin. Try one of the following DIYs for a little self-care during your next low-key Friday night!
(Disclaimer: Using wine in skin care should be done at your own risk. Some people may have allergies to compounds found in wine, so please use discretion when using wine in your skincare or haircare regimen – especially when mixing with premade products).
Adding red wine to your hair or face mask can really help brighten your skin and make your hair silky smooth! Simply add a few spoonful’s to an existing mask, mix well, and apply!
Okay, so this one isn’t really a bath bomb, but it offers the same kind of results! Simply run a bath and pour in your leftover wine. Even if it’s only a little bit, that’s really all you need for the wonderful antioxidants to influence your skin and hair!
Pour some leftover red wine into an empty plastic bottle or container, and store in your bathroom. After washing your face, use a cotton ball or pad to dip in the liquid and spread across your face. Allow to sit for about five minutes, and then proceed with the rest of your face-washing routine.
3. DIY Fruit Fly Trap
Nobody likes having pesky fruit flies buzzing around. Once you have one or two, they can be near impossible to get rid of. That’s when your handy DIY wine fruit fly trap is another of our everyday uses for leftover wine!
Simply keep a wine bottle with a little liquid left at the bottom in your kitchen, and you’re good to go! The sweet smell of the wine will attract them into the bottle, but for some reason they aren’t able to navigate back up through the bottle neck. Once you’ve trapped most of the flies, wash them down the drain and rinse the bottle with hot, soapy water.
4. Household Cleaning
Believe it or not, white wine makes a great chemical-free cleaning product for household surfaces. The perfect combination of alcohol and acidity makes it a great disinfectant for glass and countertops.
Add it into a spray bottle (preferably that hasn’t previously had other products inside) and spray onto your surfaces. Wipe clean with a sponge or cloth for a squeaky-clean result!
Fun Fact: white wine can even be used to clean stains left from red wine! Using a clean cloth dipped in white wine, dab at the red wine stain until most or all is removed. Works like a charm!
5. Fun Ways to Use Wine at Your Wedding
Want to add a personal touch to your wedding?
Wine can help you do just that. You can have your guests sign a bottle of wine instead of the guest book, use decorated empty wine bottles for décor, and leave personalized bottles of wine as centrepieces or even wedding favours! Who doesn’t love the gift of wine?
This is all assuming that you have some wine left over from the bottle you purchased during your last Niagara wine tour! If you need to restock, or are looking for a new wine to try, book a wine tour today! Niagara Vintage Wine Tours offers a variety of Niagara-on-the-Lake wine tours for you to choose from. Experience the beauty of the Niagara region with the best Niagara wine tour company as rated on