1. Candles2. Drain the soil of plants3. Maintain the fridge4. Create coasters and coasters5. Recap the opened wine bottles6. Indicate guest seats
We all have our technique for uncorking a bottle of wine or champagne. But after each use, we always have the same reflex: throw the cork in the trash. You’re making a big mistake! When we have such an object in our hands, it is useful to know how to transform it sustainably. The good news is that cork does not release toxic fumes to humans or the environment when burned. Provided of course that it is made of cork and not plastic.
Looking for an easy way to use a cork? Are you a handyman at heart? Good! This recycling idea is original and very easy to implement. You’ll love it!
Just like red wine, lit candles are associated with romance. So, once you open the wine bottle, remember to keep the cork to make a candle. It’s convenient during a romantic dinner. It’s simple:
Cork burns very slowly, which gives you time to enjoy a soft and warm atmosphere at home!
Be careful when lighting the candle. Alcohol is a flammable product. So place the cap in a safe and clear place before turning it on.
As you will have understood, corks are useful for lighting candles for your interior. But did you know that it is possible to reuse them to maintain your potted plants? Or one of your household appliances? Follow the guide!
2. Drain the soil from plants
If there’s one thing plants hate, it’s having their roots soaked! Therefore, watering should not be excessive. Rather than using clay balls or gravel to drain the soil, you can pull out the corks you’ve kept in your kitchen drawer.
Where to put corks to avoid excess water?
- At the bottom of the flower pots: when repotting your plants, put a few caps at the bottom of your planter or pot. This promotes good drainage of the soil which remains well ventilated. Another advantage: when the cork is mixed with the potting soil, the pot will be easier to move. And that’s it, no more rotting plants with this simple and natural trick!
- At the foot of the plant: you can also cover the surface of the soil with cork stoppers as mulch. This helps protect the soil of the plant from cold, moisture and consequently, mold.
3. Maintain the fridge
Another super practical idea is to use a cork to maintain the fridge. Because, even if you take good care of it, this appliance can accumulate dirt and food odors.
Cork is also known to absorb bad odors. So, if you notice strong and persistent odors inside the refrigerator, do not hesitate to place a few corks on the different shelves. The latter acts as a small absorbent sponge that eliminates all annoying odors! It’s up to you….
The cork is a valuable resource that can help you create useful objects or decors for your interior. So if you lack inspiration, discover with us some original recycling ideas.
4. Create coasters and coasters
Did you know? Corks can be kept to make trivets or coasters. You just need to cut them into several pieces of the same size and glue them together. Do not hesitate to add color by painting the top of the caps. One way Original to decorate your dining table while protecting it!
5. Recap the Opened bottles of wine
Haven’t finished your bottle of wine yet? You probably think that it is impossible to put the cork back on after removing it! This is not entirely true. There is indeed a technique to insert it again inside the neck. Indeed, you just have to immerse the cork bud in boiling water for about ten minutes and voila!
But why boil corks?
The answer is simple. The heat of the water will soften the cork and it will be easier to put it back in place. Clever, right?
6. Indicate guest seating
The other original trick is to use corks to indicate the place of guests during a family dinner or special occasion. If wine and cheese are present on the menu, do not hesitate to make a horizontal incision on the cork with a knife. All you have to do is insert a sheet with the name and surname of your guests!
You have just discovered some tips to recycle corks. It’s your turn to apply them to create useful and practical objects for everyday life!