10 bril­liant uses for beer

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Make gold jew­elry look like new

You scored a gor­geous gold bracelet at a yard sale, but it has lost its lus­ter. The fix: Pour flat, light-col­ored beer onto a soft cloth and use it to rub the jew­elry, then buff with a dry cloth. Beer’s car­bonic acid will dis­solve stuck-on oil and dirt so the bracelet shines. (Just be sure not to get the beer on gem­stones as it may dull or dam­age the stone.)

Outsmart gar­den pests

The veg­eta­bles in your gar­den are thriv­ing, so it’s no sur­prise that hun­gry slugs keep com­ing around for a snack. To pro­tect your crop, fill a dis­pos­able foil pie plate with flat beer and place it in your gar­den. The slugs will be at­tracted to the smell of the beer, so they’ll crawl in the pan but will be un­able to es­cape.

Un­cover glow­ing skin

In­stead of splurg­ing on a skin­bright­en­ing face mask, make your own: Mix 1⁄2 cup of flat beer, 1 egg white and 2 tsp. of lime juice and ap­ply to your face; let sit for 10 min­utes, then rinse. Beer’s hops, B vi­ta­mins and yeast break down dead skin cells, the egg white hy­drates and the cit­ric acid in the lime ex­fo­li­ates for a gor­geous glow.

De-skunk a dog’s coat

Yikes! While play­ing in the yard, Buster had a run-in with a skunk. To elim­i­nate the odor, com­bine two bot­tles of beer and 2 Tbs. of vanilla ex­tract in a bowl, dip a wash­cloth in the so­lu­tion and rub it all over your pup’s fur. Let it sit for 5 min­utes, then bathe him as usual to re­move the beer. Yeast cul­tures in the brew break down the wa­ter-re­sis­tant oils in skunk spray, and the vanilla ex­tract acts as a nat­u­ral de­odor­izer.

Ten­der­ize tough cuts of meat

You picked up flank steaks on sale for din­ner. To en­sure they cook up ten­der and juicy, not tough and chewy, mar­i­nate them in flat beer for a few hours be­fore cook­ing. Acids in the brew will break down tough mus­cle fibers.

Soften cal­lused toot­sies

For silky-smooth feet, fill a basin with cold beer and soak cal­lused ar­eas for 10 min­utes. Enzymes in the beer will soften the thick patches. Bonus: The al­co­hol in the brew will kill odor­caus­ing bacteria so your feet smell fresh.

Get bath­room fix­tures sparkling

The chrome show­er­head in the bath­room is look­ing dingy, and no amount of clean­ing has helped. What will: Pour flat beer into a large plas­tic zip-top bag and wrap it around the fix­ture so the show­er­head is sub­merged in the liq­uid. Use a rub­ber band to hold the bag in place. Let sit overnight, then wipe with a damp cloth. Beer’s acids will cut through grime with­out leav­ing spots.

En­sure a good night’s sleep

If you strug­gle to drift off night after night, try this: Toss your pil­low­cases in the wash­ing ma­chine, add 3 to 5 Tbs. of flat beer to the cy­cle and wash as usual. The hops in beer have nat­u­ral seda­tive prop­er­ties, and the light aroma they leave be­hind can help lull you to sleep. (For more pow­er­ful re­sults, use In­dia pale ale, which con­tains more hops.)

Pol­ish wood for pen­nies

You want to give your table a quick clean be­fore your din­ner party, but you’re all out of fur­ni­ture pol­ish. To the res­cue: beer! Sim­ply soak a soft cloth in flat beer and use it to wipe the table, then buff with a clean, dry cloth. The beer’s al­co­hol will cut through dirt, the color will bring out the wood’s hue and its pro­teins will lock in mois­ture.

Elim­i­nate yel­low patches on grass

If your yard is start­ing to show yel­low spots, reach for flat beer and pour just enough of the brew to wet the grass on dis­col­ored ar­eas. Nat­u­ral acids in beer will kill the fun­gus that causes the spots while beer’s fer­mented sug­ars will feed the grass to stim­u­late growth.

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