14 Leftover Wine Uses in Garden and Home

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Have some wine in the house? Don’t waste it! Here are some ingenious Leftover Wines Uses in Garden and Home that will interest you for sure!

Leftover Wines Uses in Garden and Home

We all love wine, don’t we! But did you know that there are also some really helpful Leftover Wines Uses in Garden and Home? No? Don’t worry, we have many for you!

Here are some awesome wine bottle uses in the garden

Leftover Wines Uses in Garden

1. Kick Start compost

Leftover wine is entirely compostable and can help kick-start compost. Pour it on the compost heap before you think of dropping it in the sink.

Tip: Add 2-4 teaspoons of leftover red wine in the compost bin to stimulate the bacteria and enrich the compost fertilizer.

2. Fertilize Plants

You can use the leftover wine to fertilize plants. Avoid using wine that’s too old because it can be becoming vinegar, which might damage the roots. The next time you water your plants, simply add 4-6 teaspoons of leftover wine in it and see the difference! 

3. Weed Killer

Even when the wine is going bad, it can still work as a weed killer. Once the leftover wine turns into vinegar, it can be used as a herbicide. It is a safe and inexpensive option to keep the weeds under control.

4. Kill Mealybugs

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Soak a cotton ball in leftover wine and dab it on mealybugs and aphids to get rid of them. Use it once a week until the infestation disappears.

Note: Test it on a small part of a plant to ensure this does not cause leaf burn.

5. Make Wine Vinegar

You will need Mycoderma aceti (also called ‘mother’), leftover wine, a glass crock with a spigot, and a lot of patience! There are many recipes available online that you can try. This type of vinegar is also found in many unpasteurized or raw vinegar.

6. Clean Fruits and Vegetables

Using the leftover wine to clean fruits and vegetables can help kill unhealthy bacteria that can form on the surfaces of the produce like E. coli and salmonella. Do not forget to wash the fruits and vegetables afterward with clean water as not rinsing could attract ants or cause rotting.

7. Spray Homemade Vinegar to Kill Pests

Once your homemade wine vinegar is ready to use, fill one-third of a spray bottle with it and the remaining with water. Spray or rub it on pests and watch them die!

8. Clean Your Kitchen

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You can use homemade wine vinegar as a cleaning agent. It also helps protect your kitchen and home surfaces from E.coli and salmonella and also helps remove some stubborn stains from the countertops. It also helps to keep bacterias, insects, grease, and dust away.

Note: Do not use wine vinegar to clean any granite surfaces because the acidity may cause damage.

9. Trap Fruit Flies

You can use the leftover wine to kill fruit flies. Pour a little red wine into a glass, cover it with plastic wrap and make a few holes using a toothpick and place it at a strategic location. Check out after some time to dispose of the stubborn sticky trapped flies. 

10. Freshen Up-Cut flowers

You can add two tablespoons of wine and one teaspoon of sugar in a quart of water and spray on the cut flowers to keep them fresh for a longer duration.

11. Keep Ants Away

If the wine is turning into wine vinegar, you can spray it on ant trails, windows, door frames, and on surfaces to deter ants. They dislike the smell of it, and it also causes their legs to stick with each other. 

12. Remove Limescale

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Use the leftover wine to get rid of calcium and mineral build-ups on sinks, shower doors, doorknobs, taps, toilets, and such places. Spray some white wine and let it sit for 25-30 minutes, and then wipe clean. 

13. Use It to Dye Fabric

Leftover wine is perfect for turning white shoes or summer t-shirt into something colorful. Just soak the fabric or shoes in the wine to get a stunning burgundy hue. 

14. Remove Wine Stains!

Yes! You read that right. It may sound counterintuitive, but it works! Pour little white wine over the red and dip a clean towel and use it to remove the stain. 

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