That beer in you fridge is good for a lot more than drinking.
GET BETTER SLEEP
Hops can work as an herbal replacement for sleeping pills. If you find yourself having trouble getting to sleep, try washing your pillow cases with a few spoonfuls of a hoppy IPA mixed in with the water. The hoppy scent will help you drift off into dreamland better than counting sheep ever could.
CLEAN COPPER AND CAST IRON
Beer can clean everything from battered coins to your favorite pot. Soak your copper item in beer for 5 to 10 minutes and then use a soft cloth to buff the surface and remove stains. It really is that easy.
RELAX YOUR TIRED FEET
Try soaking your feet in beer after a long day at the office. The enzymes in beer can soften calluses on your tootsies. Fill a container with enough warm water to cover your ankles and then add half a bottle of beer to the mix. Kick back, relax, and let the brew perform its magic.
Find a can of half-empty beer you forgot to finish last night? It could make a decent furniture polish. Put a little flat beer on a soft cloth and then rub it into your wooden coffee table. Much like with a traditional polish, you’ll end up with a shiner and more richly colored table.
By now you may have tried your hand at dishes like beer-battered chicken. But don’t stop there. Your favorite brew can be used as a substitute for water in thousands of recipes. Next time you go to cook rice, consider replacing the water in the equation to get a whole new flavor from the basic food. Beer can also be used to steam seafood, in sauces and breads, and even to give your morning pancakes an extra kick. Beer can chicken, too.
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