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8 Surprising Household Uses for Beer You Need to Know

With the festive season knocking at the door, many of you will stock up your fridge with several bottles and cans of beer. It is a commonly accepted drink for adults across the globe. But what do you do when you overbuy, and the beer bottles occupy a good amount of space in your fridge? Drink it all yourself or throw them away? Neither! You'll forget all such thoughts when you discover the various household uses of beer. Here are eight surprising ways to use beer around the house that will amaze you.

1. Loosen Rusty Bolts

Get rid of rust from the bolt using beer.
Get rid of rust from the bolt using beer.

Rusty latches or bolts often get stuck, making them difficult to unlock. The acidic content in beer can help dissolve the rust and loosen the bolts. Just pour some beer over the rusty bolt, let it sit for a few minutes, and then try to loosen it.

2. Insulation

There are a number of uses of beer, out of which insulation is the most uncommon one. People hardly know that when the beer cans can be used in building construction. They help in insulating the walls. This unusual use of empty beer cans is a great way to deal with the recycling problem.

One of the lesser-known uses of beer cans is in building insulation. Empty beer cans can be used to insulate walls, providing a creative recycling solution. This unconventional method helps in reducing waste and offers effective insulation. If you're interested, you can check out this (very old school) website describing one of such projects in Lesotho.

3. Restore Wooden Furniture

Make your wooden furniture shine like new with beer. Pour a small amount of plain beer into a bowl and use a soft microfiber cloth to gently rub it onto the wooden surface. The beer helps retain the polish, color, and shine of your wooden furniture.

4. Remove Stain

Beer hacks to try at home.
Beer hacks to try at home.

Beer can be an effective stain remover. For coffee or tea stains on clothes or carpets, soak the affected area in beer, let it sit for a while, and then pat it with a clean cloth. Follow up with a little soap and lukewarm water for best results.

5. Protect Your Lawn

Beer can protect your lawn from pests and fungi. The acidic content helps kill harmful organisms, while the grass feeds on the fermented beer, promoting healthier growth.

6. Clean Gold Jewelry

Does your gold jewelry look old and lackluster? Soak your gold pieces in a small amount of beer for a while, then rinse with plain water and pat dry with a soft cloth. The acids in the beer help clean the metal and restore its shine.

7. Revitalize Brass Pots

Bring your brass pots back to life by rinsing them with beer. The acidic content in beer reacts with the metal, cleaning it effectively and restoring its shine.

8. Repel Wasps and Bees

Keep away the bees using beer.
Keep away the bees using beer.

Planning a gathering or barbecue in your backyard? Keep wasps and bees away by placing small cups of beer a bit away from your gathering area. The beer will attract the insects, keeping them away from you and your guests.

Additional Uses of Beer

The above uses are just a few ways to keep your home items and surroundings clean. Beer can also be used to relax your feet, rejuvenate dull skin, as a food marinade, and even to condition your hair.

Like beer, lemon acid is also a great household cleaner. Check out one of our articles on creative ways to use lemon in home cleaning on our website.


With these surprising household uses, beer becomes more than just a beverage. From cleaning and maintenance to pest control, beer offers numerous benefits that can help you keep your home in top shape. So next time you overbuy beer, remember these handy tips and put those extra bottles to good use.

By incorporating these unexpected uses, you not only save money but also contribute to a more sustainable and efficient household. For more tips on home cleaning and maintenance, explore our blog and discover the endless possibilities of everyday items.


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