13 Things You Can Do with Beer (Other than Drink It)

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Like duct tape — which an indispensable product with hundreds of household uses — beer does more than take up room in your kitchen’s refrigerator. It’s a toiletry, lawn fertilizer, construction equipment, and a safety tool. I say it’s time to make beer an even bigger part of our world. Here are 13 new reasons to love it.

1. Marinate Meat

Beer is slightly acidic, which makes it an excellent meat tenderizer. Poke a few holes in the meat, put it in a container of your choosing, and add beer (Pale Ale’s are great for beef). Marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours or, better yet, overnight. I do not recommend drinking the marinade.

2. Clean and Polish Pots and Jewelry

It’s been known that in olden days that the last bit of beer from spent kegs was collected to polish the copper vats in breweries. Simply pour some beer on your pots and pans, let it sit for a while, and then wipe it off. The natural acidity of the beer helps clean and refresh any sparkly, metallic finish.

3. Bath in It

Instead of drinking a beer, try soaking in it. Pour a bottle of your favorite beer in the tub, mix in some oil-based soap, and lie back for a real bubble bath. It will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

4. Slug Killer

Drawn by the beers scent, slugs will be attracted to the beer, drop in, and drown (or get really, really drunk).

5. Ice your Hamstring

Beer cans, frozen or ice cold, make great ice packs. Hold one against whatever is ailing you — a pounding headache, a sore muscle, a sunburned neck, or whatever. The metal in the can will transmit the cold very rapidly. To avoid frostbite just make sure to put some thin fabric between the skin and the beer can.

6. Spice Up Your Hair

Shampoo and rinse hair as usual. Pour the beer on your hair and work it through. The malt and hops are loaded with protein. Rinse with lukewarm, not hot, water. Do this once a month for fuller and lusher hair.

7. Loosen Rusty Bolts

Though it might not work every time, pour beer onto the bolts and wait a few minutes. The carbonation may help to eventually break down the rust

8. Lawn Fertilizer

The beer acts as a source of fertilizer for the microbes in the soil that will stimulate plant growth and kill fungi. The microbes consume the beer thus converting it to food for the grass.

9. Pass a Kidney Stone

Beer is a diuretic — which can be most beneficial if you’re suffering from a bladder infection or kidney stone. It will help flush the kidneys and bladder.

10. Calm an Upset Stomach

Similar to 7Up or Sprite, sipping on a highly carbonated beverage can help settle a stomach. Plus, the alcohol helps to buffer the pain.

11. Let it Be Your Masseuse

A full can of beer is a great self-massage tool in helping apply pressure to loosen up muscle tissue. Roll a can underfoot, put one in the crook of your back, or lean back against a wall, rolling it around as you do so. It works just about anywhere — neck, quads, glutes, or calves.

12. Soothe Your Tired Feet

Pour a couple of beers into a bucket and soak your feet. Beer with lots of carbonation can be quite soothing.

13. Fire Extinguisher

Remember — beer is mostly water. If no real fire extinguisher is handy, simply shake and spritz.

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