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5 Things To Do with Beer

Time to crack open an ice-cold beer-but before you take a sip, consider these five super-practical ways to put your suds to work.

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Extraordinary New Uses For Ordinary Beer

Beer is one of the world’s oldest alcoholic substances, dating back to 9500 B.C. While it comes in a variety of colours and flavours, it can also be used for a variety of purposes (not just celebrating that winning overtime goal!). Here are five surprising ways you can use beer around the home.

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1. Use Beer to Soften Up Tough Meat

1. Use Beer to Soften Up Tough Meat

Who needs powdered meat tenderizer when you have some in a can? You guessed it: Beer makes a great tenderizer for tough, inexpensive cuts of meat. Pour a can of beer over the meat, and let it soak in for about an hour before cooking. Even better, marinate it overnight in the fridge or put the beer in your slow cooker with the meat.

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2. Use Beer to Polish Gold Jewelry

2. Use Beer to Polish Gold Jewelry

Put the shine back in your solid gold (i.e., minus any gemstones) rings and other jewelry by pouring a bit of beer (not dark ale!) onto a soft cloth and rubbing it gently over the piece. Use a clean, dry second cloth to wipe it down and polish it to a brilliant shine.

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3. Use Beer to Remove Tea and Coffee Rug Stains

3. Use Beer to Remove Tea and Coffee Rug Stains

Getting that coffee or tea stain out of your rug may seem impossible, but you can literally lift it out by pouring a bit of beer right on top. Rub the beer lightly into the material, and the stain should disappear. You may have to repeat the process a couple of times to remove all traces of the stain.

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4. Use Beer to Clean Wood Furniture

4. Use Beer to Clean Wood Furniture

Have you got some beer that’s old or went flat? Use it to clean wooden furniture. Just wipe it on with a soft cloth, then wipe it off with a second dry cloth.

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5. Use Beer as a Setting Lotion

5. Use Beer as a Setting Lotion

Put some life back into flat hair with some flat beer. Before you get into the shower, mix 3 tablespoons beer in ½ cup warm water. After you shampoo your hair, rub in the solution, let it set for a couple of minutes, then rinse it off. You may be so pleased by what you see, you’ll want to keep a six-pack in the bathroom. For more extraordinary ideas on how to reuse ordinary household items, click here!

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