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Strain Wine through a Coffee Filter

Strain wine through a coffee filter when bits of cork have made their way into the bottle. Sometimes, while you’re opening a bottle, the cork breaks apart. Blame it on a bad corkscrew, or being in a hurry to get to the good stuff. You can try to pour around […]

Save Spoiled Wine with a Penny

Save spoiled wine the easy way–and it will only you cost one cent! If your wine has gone bad (and you’ll know it has, if it smells like sulphur), find a clean copper penny and drop it in the glass. Stir gently, then remove the penny. And now, to impress […]

Wine Racks Make Handy Wall Organizers

Wine racks come in handy for all sorts of things, even after the wine has been enjoyed. Use a hanging wine rack to store anything from flashlights by the front door to gardening tools and gloves in the garage. This works well since whatever you put in it will be easy to […]

Red Wine Spill? Clean It Up with White Wine

A red wine spill doesn’t have to ruin your night, or your shirt. Use white wine to neutralize the stain before it sets. Red wine contains anthocyanins, compounds responsible for the red color in plants (including red grapes). White wine can neutralize those compounds by breaking them down. Just pour […]

DIY Candle Holders with Wine Bottles

DIY candle holders are fun to make and a great way to save money on home décor. And what better way to get into a creative mood than with a few glasses of wine? When your wine bottle is empty, fill up your sink with warm water and a few tablespoons […]

Clean Wine Glasses with a Coffee Filter

Clean wine glasses should sparkle like fine crystal–even if you bought them at a discount store. Yet running through the dishwasher and drying them by hand isn’t always enough. If your wine glasses look a bit “foggy” no matter what you’ve tried, here’s a tip: use a coffee filter to […]

Open Wine without a Corkscrew

Open wine without a corkscrew, and without making a huge mess. We’ve all been there–a great bottle of wine but no corkscrew! Perhaps you’ve just moved in and haven’t unpacked, or you’ve been meaning to buy a corkscrew but haven’t yet gotten around to it. No worries: you can open a […]

Beautiful Hair in a Bottle–A Beer Bottle

Beautiful hair makes you feel like a million bucks. That said, you don’t have to spend a million bucks to get shiny, high-volume hair. All you need is a bottle of beer!According to WikiHow, the malt and hops in beer work to repair damaged hair and create volume; the sugar […]

Going Solo–Red Cup Hack

Presenting a very useful red cup hack. You know that famous red cup… the Solo. It’s ubiquitous at beach parties and BBQs. But did you know the lines on the cup actually mean something? Keep this in mind at your next beach or backyard party: the first line is a […]

Traveling with Wine? Try This Travel Hack

Traveling with wine has its ups and downs. The upside is arriving at your destination and not having to shop for the perfect bottle of wine. Just open your bag, and there it is–unless, of course, the bottle broke during the trip. If you’re planning on bringing a nice bottle of […]

Upgrade Cheap Vodka the Easy Way

Upgrade cheap vodka and enjoy making designer drinks at home! Do you feel like mixing up a martini, but don’t have the cash to lay out on “good” vodka? No worries, you can use your water filter (like this one) and run the vodka through a few times. Your $5 […]

Fly and Drink without Spending a Lot of Money

Fly and drink by bringing your own (small) bottle when you travel. No searching for your credit card or cash to pay the cabin attendant, and no waiting for that cart to finally make it to your row. Sometimes it’s nice to relax a bit before takeoff—and again after you reach […]

Chill Wine Thoroughly with Frozen Grapes

Chill wine the easy, efficient and stylish way: use frozen grapes. No time to chill your wine? Don’t even think about adding ice cubes, which will quickly dilute the wine. Instead, keep some frozen grapes handy in your freezer. Add the grapes to the grown-up “grape juice” and for a […]

DIY Corkboard Made with Wine Corks

This DIY corkboard is a real “cork” board! You’ve been saving those wine corks for something. Here’s a DIY project for you: put some plywood or heavy cardboard in a glass-free picture frame–the rustic, “reclaimed” wood look in hot right now. Then hot-glue the wine corks to the backing, and you’ve […]

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DIY Vacuum Extension with a Paper Towel Tube

A DIY vacuum extension can come in handy when the parts that came with your vacuum just aren’t doing the trick. Let’s say you want to reach all the way under your couch or bed, or behind the t.v., without having to move the furniture around. You can make your vacuum […]

Keep Earrings Together with a Button

Keep earrings together when you travel, so you won’t have to rifle through your bag when you’re getting ready for a big event. It’s easy: just use a simple button. Insert each earring through a buttonhole and attach the back. If the earrings are “French wire” style (with no back), […]

Pack Half in Your Luggage, Half in Your Partner’s

Pack half of what you’re bringing on vacation in your luggage, and the other half in the luggage of your travel partner. And, your partner should do the same: half of his stuff in his bag, half in yours. That way, if one bag gets lost or delayed, it won’t […]

Keep Ice Cream Soft and Ready to Eat

Keep ice cream soft and ready for the whole family to enjoy with one simple trick: a freezer bag. No one likes to wait for ice cream to soften–especially kids! When you bring your favorite frozen confection home from the store, put it in a Ziploc bag before you put it […]

Keep Basil Fresh the Simple Way

Keep basil fresh for up to a week with a simple cup of water. This method is similar to keeping a bouquet of cut flowers fresh. First, trim the stems of the basil with a sharp knife. Then, place the bunch into a glass of water. Cover with a plastic […]

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DIY Corkboard Made with Wine Corks

This DIY corkboard is a real “cork” board! You’ve been saving those wine corks for something. Here’s a DIY project for you: put some plywood or heavy cardboard in a glass-free picture frame–the rustic, “reclaimed” wood look in hot right now. Then hot-glue the wine corks to the backing, and you’ve […]

Fly and Drink without Spending a Lot of Money

Fly and drink by bringing your own (small) bottle when you travel. No searching for your credit card or cash to pay the cabin attendant, and no waiting for that cart to finally make it to your row. Sometimes it’s nice to relax a bit before takeoff—and again after you reach […]

Strain Wine through a Coffee Filter

Strain wine through a coffee filter when bits of cork have made their way into the bottle. Sometimes, while you’re opening a bottle, the cork breaks apart. Blame it on a bad corkscrew, or being in a hurry to get to the good stuff. You can try to pour around […]

Chill Wine Thoroughly with Frozen Grapes

Chill wine the easy, efficient and stylish way: use frozen grapes. No time to chill your wine? Don’t even think about adding ice cubes, which will quickly dilute the wine. Instead, keep some frozen grapes handy in your freezer. Add the grapes to the grown-up “grape juice” and for a […]

Clean Wine Glasses with a Coffee Filter

Clean wine glasses should sparkle like fine crystal–even if you bought them at a discount store. Yet running through the dishwasher and drying them by hand isn’t always enough. If your wine glasses look a bit “foggy” no matter what you’ve tried, here’s a tip: use a coffee filter to […]

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Clean Wine Glasses with a Coffee Filter

Clean wine glasses should sparkle like fine crystal–even if you bought them at a discount store. Yet running through the dishwasher and drying them by hand isn’t always enough. If your wine glasses look a bit “foggy” no matter what you’ve tried, here’s a tip: use a coffee filter to […]

Upgrade Cheap Vodka the Easy Way

Upgrade cheap vodka and enjoy making designer drinks at home! Do you feel like mixing up a martini, but don’t have the cash to lay out on “good” vodka? No worries, you can use your water filter (like this one) and run the vodka through a few times. Your $5 […]

Wine Racks Make Handy Wall Organizers

Wine racks come in handy for all sorts of things, even after the wine has been enjoyed. Use a hanging wine rack to store anything from flashlights by the front door to gardening tools and gloves in the garage. This works well since whatever you put in it will be easy to […]

Red Wine Spill? Clean It Up with White Wine

A red wine spill doesn’t have to ruin your night, or your shirt. Use white wine to neutralize the stain before it sets. Red wine contains anthocyanins, compounds responsible for the red color in plants (including red grapes). White wine can neutralize those compounds by breaking them down. Just pour […]

Beautiful Hair in a Bottle–A Beer Bottle

Beautiful hair makes you feel like a million bucks. That said, you don’t have to spend a million bucks to get shiny, high-volume hair. All you need is a bottle of beer!According to WikiHow, the malt and hops in beer work to repair damaged hair and create volume; the sugar […]