Ways to Straighten Up After a Party

You had a merry little party. Now you have to deal with the remains.

You had a merry little party. Now you have to deal with the remains.

Wine

Freeze cubes of leftover wine and save them for recipes that call for vino, like Slow-Cooker Red Wine Short Ribs. Or consolidate half-consumed bottles to make a boozy syrup that you can drizzle over waffles, ice cream, pound cake, ricotta, or fruit.

Water Rings

Try rubbing a bit of nongel toothpaste onto a water ring, then buff with a clean cloth. Or substitute full-fat mayonnaise for the toothpaste; leave it on for at least an hour before wiping clean and buffing.

Club Soda

Use flat club soda to hydrate houseplants. It usually contains a phosphate, which promotes growth and root development, says Deb Donaldson, a blue-ribbon winner at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Candy Canes

Enlist extras as stirrers to infuse drinks with peppermint; crush them and add a minty layer to s’mores; or create heart cupcakes.

Real simple

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