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5 Ways to Use Leftover Beer

5 Ways to Use Leftover Beer

St. Patrick’s Day has passed, and you have a ton of beer left over. There is no way you are going to drink it all, so what do you do with it? There are lots of great — and unexpected — ways to use up the leftovers. Here are five of them:

Great for the Lawn

If you are looking for a greener way to kill slugs and snails, beer is a great option. Not only is it the green way to go, it won’t harm your pets at all, so if your dogs love the great outdoors, this is definitely worth a shot. Just bury a clean container in your yard with about a half inch sticking out of the ground, then put beer in it. The snails and slugs can’t resist the beer, so they’ll fall in and won’t be able to get out. You can also use beer to treat bald spots on your lawn. Because it is rich in nutrients, just pour beer over the brown spots and you’ll see greener grass in a few days.

Get Beautiful Hair

Beer has so many great vitamins in it. The B vitamins, particularly, will give you great looking hair. To get more volume in your hair, just let your beer go flat and sit at room temperature. Then, shampoo your hair as you normally would, and use the beer as a conditioner. Don’t forget to rinse it out, though, unless you want to smell like a brewery. You can also use beer to highlight your hair. Just work the beer through your hair and sit out in the sun. When you rinse the beer out, you’ll be left with beachy highlights from the sun.

Eat It

Beer is great to cook with. You can get a ton of recipes, or just experiment with it. You can make a beer cheese soup, or beer bread. You can use it as a marinade for meats (which also kills up to 70 percent of carcinogens in the meat itself), or in a batter for fish. The beer will add a great flavor while keeping your food moist, and since it has so many nutrients in it, you’re doing your body a favor, as well.

Use it Inside

You can use beer to help clean up many things inside your home. It is a great alternative to chemical cleaners, and works better, too. If you have stubborn stains in your carpet — especially coffee or tea stains — just douse them with the beer (spot test first!) and blot it. You can also use beer to polish pots and gold jewelry. The slight acidity in the beer will help shine up your metals. It will also help polish your furniture. Just let the beer go flat and soak a microfiber cloth in it to bring new life to your wood.

Use it Outside

Just like beer can attract humans, it also attracts insects. If you want to bring butterflies to your garden, just mix a can of stale beer with sugar, syrup, fruit juice and a mashed, overripe banana and spread it on whatever you want to attract the butterflies to. Beer alone will attract bees. Put it in containers away from where you plan to sit, and the bees will bother the beer, not your guests. You can also pour it in containers both inside and out to attract those pesky fruit flies.

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8:04PM PDT on Mar 14, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:53PM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

I knew about some of these, but I'm not a big beer drinker. I do like a good bruskie on a hot summer day - always refreshing !!!
they don't sell single bottles of beer around here anymore, not even in bars. I would never be able to use enough beer if I purchased it by the pack, not to mention the wasted cost to my wallet.
I really do like the sound of that beer cheese soup though.
great information and article !!! thanks

12:18PM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

Lot's of use i didn't know about, but no words about the calories in beer, can beer make you fat?

8:28AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

* HEALTHILY * please Ashley.

8:17PM PDT on Sep 6, 2013

I don't like beer, but with all these great uses now I will!!

7:29AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013


6:21AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

Handy things to know for your next party

6:08AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013


11:10PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

So many good uses, especially in the garden. I knew beer had to be good for something!

6:26AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

I don't understand "leftover beer" ;)

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