How to Use Beer in Unexpected Ways

Beer has a variety of household uses, many of which may surprise you.


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You Will Need

  • A zippered plastic bag
  • A tarnished copper pot
  • A shallow dish
  • A pillowcase
  • A popsicle maker
  • Bathtub


  1. Step 1

    Marinate meat

    Marinate meat by placing it in a plastic zipper-top bag with beer. Let the meat marinate for several hours before draining and cooking.

  2. Beer’s acidic nature breaks down the tendons in the meat and acts as a tenderizer.

  3. Step 2

    Add flavor to food

    Add flavor to recipes by using beer as an ingredient in the sauce, base, or coating.

  4. Step 3

    Polish copper

    Polish the tarnished bottom of a pot, or any other copper object, with beer to remove stains and give a lustrous finish. Pour the beer on, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it off.

  5. Step 4

    Deal with pests

    Deal with pesky snails, slugs, and bees by leaving a shallow dish filled with beer in your garden. The creatures will climb in and drown.

  6. Step 5

    Fall asleep easier

    Fall asleep easier by washing your pillowcase in beer. The hops in beer give the pillowcase a comforting nutty scent, which will help you relax and go to sleep.

  7. Use a beer shampoo to add shine to your hair.

  8. Step 6

    Make beer-sicles

    Make beer-sicles by freezing beer in a popsicle maker. Adults will enjoy this unusual summer treat.

  9. Don't drink unless you're of legal age. Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.

  10. Step 7

    Take a beer bath

    Pour a few cans of beer into your next bath. The vitamins and yeast are very good for the skin. Take a quick shower after!

  11. Did you know? Hops, a primary ingredient in beer, were introduced in North America in 1629.