Most of us just pour our leftover beer down the sink. However, there are several useful (and eco-friendly) ways to put that unwanted beer to use.
10 Uses of Beer
An Organic Pest Killer
OK, it sounds morbid, but slugs are an organic gardener’s arch nemesis. Rather than hunt the little suckers down and burn them with salt (very gross to watch), give ’em a cool, refreshing one and they’ll at least die happy. Take a jar (spaghetti sauce jar or something similar with a pinched mouth that won’t allow a small amount of beer to spill out when lying on its side) and pour in a small amount of beer. In the garden, put the bottle on its side so that the mouth is accessible to the slugs.
Bring the Shine Back to Your Wooden Furniture
Lightly dampen a microfiber cloth with a flat beer. Rub gently onto wooden furniture.
Remove those Stubborn Stains
Next time you spill grape juice on the carpet, try this trick: dampen a cloth with club soda and gently dab the stained carpet. Then dampen the cloth with light beer and repeat the process of dabbing the stained carpet. Finish with a carpet steam cleaner to easily pull the stain and lift the odor from the carpet.
Soak your gold necklaces, bracelets and rings in a bowl of beer. Remove and polish with a dry cloth.
Live Bee Free
Have you ever spent camping trips or barbecues swarmed by bees? Not our idea of a good time. Try this little trick: fill a few small bowls or containers with beer and set around the perimeter of your barbecue or campsite. The bees will be attracted to the beer and less interested in your food.
Bring the Green Back to Your Lawn
Pesky brown spots on the lawn? Pour some beer on that brown spot and within days it will turn green. The ingredients in beer promote the green growth.
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
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