21 household applications for beer:
1. Shampoo and conditioner
The barley and hops in beer make your hair soft and shiny, and also help to control dandruff.
2. Restoring the color of clothes
Soaking dark colors in a mixture of beer and water will act as a fabric softener and will restore your clothing to its original color.
3. Cleaning silk clothes
Using beer to wash silk clothes can make the clothes very smooth and bring out their original bright colors.
4. Preserving the freshness of flowers
Some of the nutritional ingredients in beer include ethanol and sugar. If you add a small amount of beer to the water in your vase of flowers, these ingredients will extend the life of your flowers.
Beer is slightly acidic, and it can adjust the acidity of soil, making flowers that favor acidic soil flourish even more.
6. Wiping plants
Wiping the leaves of your plants with a piece of cloth soaked in beer can make the leaves brighter and more radiant.
7. Cleaning the refrigerator and removing odors
Wiping out your refrigerator with beer can remove dirt, bacteria, and odors.
8. Cleaning glasses
Washing your glasses with beer will make them sparkle like new, as it is a colloidal solution containing alcohol.
9. Preventing flu in winter
If you mix beer with vinegar and either sprinkle or spray it on surfaces around the home, it will eliminate indoor air pollution and kill bacteria, helping to prevent the spread of cold and flu germs.
10. Natural depilation
Soaking a cotton cloth with beer and wiping it over your hands or feet will naturally remove the unwanted hair with no harsh side effects.
11. Leavening agent
The bubbles and yeast in beer make it an excellent substitute for traditional yeast in some recipes. Adding beer to a batter recipe will create a lighter and crispier coating after frying—delicious!
12. Solving pest problems
If you don’t like the idea of using pesticides, you can try putting some beer in a saucer next to your food. Bugs will be attracted to the smell of the beer, and will drink until they are unconscious. It is particularly effective on slugs around your garden, as they love beer.
13. Cleaning furniture
Adding a small amount of beer to your furniture polish will have your wooden furniture looking like new again.
14. Using beer for skin care
Who would have thought of having a beer bath? Adding stout to your bathwater will exfoliate your skin—the enzymes in the stout will make your skin shine without all that harsh scrubbing.
15. Cleaning gold jewelry
The carbonation and ingredients in beer help to clean your gold jewelry.
Cooking with beer
1. Steamed fish
Marinading fish for 10 to 15 minutes before you steam it will help to reduce the odor, and also bring out the fish’s flavor.
2. Frying beef
Marinating beef with beer before you fry it will tenderise the meat.
3. Beer chicken
Poaching chicken in beer instead of water or stock makes an easy and delicious alternative.
4. Beer hotpot
Adding a small amount of beer to your stews and casseroles will help to keep the meat tender during the long cooking process.
5. Beer pickles
Refresh pickles by marinating them in a small amount of beer before you eat them.
6. Beer broth
Adding some beer to a fish or beef stew, or a salty soup dish will give a fresh flavor to the end result.
7. Cooking rice with beer
If you add 20 ml of beer per serving during the cooking process, the cooked rice will have a special flavor. Don’t add any more than this or the rice will be too bitter.
8. Beer can enhance the flavor of your vegetables
Boiling your vegetables in beer instead of water makes a nice change, especially when you add your favorite seasonings!
9. For pancakes
Using a little bit of beer in your pancake mixture will make them crispier and sweeter.
10. Baking bread
Adding beer to your bread dough will make it easy to knead, and it add a richer scent to the baked bread—yum!
11. Eliminating greasiness
A cup of beer added to recipes containing fatty fish or meat will reduce the greasiness.
12. Removing that chicken odor
Marinating chicken in a mixture of salt, pepper, and beer for 1-2 hours prior to cooking will eliminate the odor.
Who would have thought that beer has so many different applications!
Translated research by Frank Fang and Kathy