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10 creative things to do with wine besides drink it

6. Make vinegar

Red wine vinegar
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Instead of buying a bottle of red wine vinegar at the store, make your own with leftover wine. Any wine that is going bad is on its way to becoming vinegar anyway. The plus side is that once you get it started, you can keep adding old wine for a never-ending supply of fresh vinegar.

7. Dye it

Red wine white shirt
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If you’ve ever spilled red wine on your white shirt, you know it is close to impossible to get out. Instead of fighting its staining power, let it work to your advantage. Dye shirts, fabric, curtains or even Easter eggs. Many dyes are laden with chemicals, so if you are trying to avoid that, wine could be the perfect solution.

8. Get the grease out

Cleaning kitchen
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If you have grease stains on your driveway or the floor of your garage, try pouring a little white wine on the stain. The acidity will help remove some of the stain. Mix in some baking soda for an added boost.

9. Freeze it

Ice cube tray
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Pour leftover wine into an ice cube tray, and freeze it. When you need a bit of wine to make a sauce, marinade or dressing, you’ll have it available. If the wine isn’t too old, the wine cubes would be the perfect addition to a holiday punch recipe or any wine cocktail like sangria. The cubes will keep your libation cold without diluting the flavor. Keeping your cocktails cold with more alcohol may just be the best idea ever.

More: 3 unique red wine desserts

10. Make jelly

Mason jar jelly
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Leftover wine can be an excellent base for jelly. Simply add water, pectin and fruit, and you are on your way to having homemade jelly. It would be best to use wine that is a day or two old and not one that has spoiled completely. Your toast will be grateful for the added touch of class only cabernet jelly can bring.

With all these great ways to use up leftover wine, you never have to feel guilty about not finishing a bottle again.

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/11/16

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