If beer is one of your favorite beverages, I must tell you that there are quite a few special and even surprising uses for beer that you could try around your house. If you notice that you still have one bottle of beer left after that fabulous party you threw last night, don’t drink it because you can actually use it in a large variety of ways. So, here are a few special uses for beer that will make you buy an extra 6-pack the next time you do your groceries:
1. Polish Your Jewelry
In my opinion, of the most spectacular and most helpful uses for beer is the fact that it can polish your jewelry, making it sparkle again. Just use a light ale and a clean towel and rub it gently over that beautiful piece of jewelry you want to polish. Beer’s natural acids will help you bring back the shine to your gold jewelry. You can also use it to clean wooden furniture or you can even try this on tarnished copper pots as well.
2. It Can Boost Your Hair’s Shine
Another wonderful thing you can do with beer is to simply wash your beautiful hair with it and it will boost its shine. Pour some beer on your hair, let it sit for a few minutes and then just rinse it out. You could also use more complex recipes, like these ones for example: Mix one cup of lager with one egg yolk, massage into strands, leave it for a few minutes and then rinse it off; or you could boil a cup of beer until it has reduced to about ¼ cup, then simply mix it with a cup of your shampoo and wash your hair with it.
3. It Can Remove Coffee or Tea Stains
Among the many benefits of this wonderful beverage, beer also has the ability to remove coffee or tea stains from your rugs or even from your clothes. Just pour a little beer right on top of that stain, rub it lightly into the material and the stain should simply disappear. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t seem to get that stain out on your first try; you may have to repeat that entire process a couple of times , so you’ll be able to remove all traces of a stubborn stain.
4. Soften up Meat
You can also use beer when you cook, since it will soften up even the toughest meat. Just pour a can or a bottle over the meat and then just let it soak in for about an hour before cooking. Also, you can use beer as an overnight marinade. Just add some soy sauce or some other Asian sauce to the beer. You can even put that beer in your slow cooker with your meat and I’m sure you’ll be surprised by the results.
5. It Can Fertilize Your Garden
Beer has a lot of extracts that are extremely good for plants, like yeast for example. To use it as a fertilizer, just pour the beer onto your garden and that will do it. You can use those leftover half-drunk cans or bottles of beer from that wonderful party you threw last night and put them to good use. Also, your vegetables and flowers will surely enjoy all those sugars that are found in beer, so why throw it away when you can use it to make your garden look healthier.
6. It Will Get Rid of Mice
Beer will even help you take care of that mouse problem you might be dealing with. Just put an inch or so of beer in a pail, and then place some type of ramp (a piece of wood for the mice to crawl up). The mechanism of this trap consists in the fact that the mouse will fall into that pail, will drink the beer and then you can simply remove it to some place outside. It’s the most humane method of catching mice I’ve ever heard of, so give it a try in case you have to deal with such a problem.
7. It Will Trap Snails and Slugs
You should know that snails and slugs find beer to be quite irresistible, just like some humans do. If you’re having a problem with them or if your garden is under attack, just bury an empty juice container in the area where you’ve seen them, pour in about half of can of leftover beer and then just leave it overnight. The next morning, you will probably find a hoard of them drunk and drowned. (Well, I don’t know if I would use this method because it seems to be rather cruel, but maybe some of you would disagree and you might find if very effective.
8. It Can Soothe an Upset Tummy
I was quite surprised to find out that you can actually use beer to soothe your upset stomach, but apparently it really works and it’s also one of the most effective hangover cures out there. Just by slowly sipping a can of beer, you can soothe your upset tummy. The alcohol in it has an anesthetic effect and it will help alleviate the pain. Despite all this, you shouldn’t use this trick if you have an ulcer or gastritis because I’m sure you wouldn’t want to make it worse.
9. You Can Soak in It
Beer is a very effective skin conditioner, so the next time you are taking a bath, just add a can or a bottle of beer (especially dark beer) to the water and have a long soak in it. Apparently, this is a good alternative to adding salt crystals, but you can even combine them if you want and I’m sure you’ll obtain even better results. It will make your skin softer since your body will absorb all those minerals from the beer.
There are a lot of very surprising uses for beer that you could try around the house. I just mentioned a few in this little article but I’m sure there are many more I could add to this list. Can you give me a hand and tell me what other special uses for beer do you know? Please tell us about them in the comments section!