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Surprising ways to use alcohol besides drinking it

From softening skin to cleaning produce, alcohol has many uses.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dry January -- the month-long quest to go alcohol-free that's become a popular way to reset in the new year -- is halfway over. 

While those participating might not be drinking it, instead of letting those libations sit on the shelf, maybe find different uses for them.

Thrillist put together a list of surprising ways to use alcohol that doesn't include drinking it:


  • Freshen laundry
  • Clean glass
  • Remove adhesive
  • Preserve fresh-cut flowers
  • Repel insects


  • Banish brown spots in the grass
  • Loosen rusty bolts
  • Soften hair
  • Polish wood

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According to the wine investment site Cult Wine, wine can be used to:

  • Remove grease stains (specifically white wine)
  • Clean glass (specifically  white wine)
  • Soften skin (specifically  red wine)
  • Clean produce (both red and white)
  • Kickstart compost (both red and white)

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