How to Use Beer in Unexpected Ways

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

You will need

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

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.

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.

Step 6 Make beer-sicles Make beer-sicles by freezing beer in a popsicle maker. Adults will enjoy this unusual summer treat.

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!