11 Ways to Straighten Up After a Party
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.
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.
Enlist extras as stirrers to infuse drinks with peppermint; crush them and add a minty layer to s’mores; or create heart cupcakes.
Fallen Needles and Branches
Repurpose needles as mulch; use sprigs in lieu of gift bows; and in temperate areas, cover delicate outdoor plants with branches to protect from frost.
Slice into cubes and prepare a hearty winter panzanella with butternut squash and fennel.
Thicken soups with melted leftovers; or, better yet, consolidate rinds and ends to create Cheese-End Fondue.
Create an exfoliating body scrub, says Kayla Fioravanti, owner of Von Natur, a line of natural skin-care products. Topical caffeine also temporarily widens the blood vessels, which improves circulation.
Mix 2 tablespoons of wet grounds, 1 tablespoon of fine salt, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then massage the mixture onto the skin in a circular motion.
Tissue Paper and Ribbon
Separate layers of clothing in a suitcase with gift-bag tissue to prevent wrinkles; crumple it into little balls to prettily cushion homemade treats in a gift tin; or wrap it around votive candle holders for instant mood lighting. Use leftover ribbon to tie up clusters of silver-ware at the table or to hang ornaments from the tree.
Try a rejuvenating ginger foot bath. Simmer 1 tablespoon of dried ginger in 4 cups of water for 20 minutes. Cool, then soak feet in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
Eat an egg sandwich on white bread. Experts believe cysteine, an amino acid in eggs, helps break down acetaldehyde, a toxin produced when alcohol is in the liver, which can contribute to a hangover, says Rachel Vreeman, M.D., a coauthor of Don’t Swallow Your Gum (St. Martin’s, $14, amazon.com). Your body turns refined carbs into energy, hence the white bread.