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How to Use Beer in Unexpected Ways

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: Beer’s acidic nature breaks down the tendons in the meat and acts as a tenderizer.
  • Step 2: Add flavor to food Add flavor to recipes by using beer as an ingredient in the sauce, base, or coating.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Use a beer shampoo to add shine to your hair.
  • Step 6: Make beer-sicles Make beer-sicles by freezing beer in a popsicle maker. Adults will enjoy this unusual summer treat.
  • : Don't drink unless you're of legal age. Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.
  • 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!
  • FACT: Did you know? Hops, a primary ingredient in beer, were introduced in North America in 1629.

You Will Need

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

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