3 household uses for beer

When the weather is nice, I like to have friends and family over. We hang out on the back porch, grill food, listen to music, and have a few drinks. It's a great time but the cleanup is a pain, especially dealing with all that waste. Most weekend mornings I wake up to a few bottles of half drank beer and even more bottles of brands I don't like. I used to just dump out what I wouldn't drink, but now I reuse that leftover beer around the house. Here are the best ways I've found to reuse beer.

Trap cockroaches

I live in the Louisiana where giant cockroaches are not uncommon. No matter how hard I try to keep the pests away from my house, I always end up finding one or two in my kitchen throughout the year. Since I'm a big chicken and cannot just step on them myself, I made a trap out of old beer. I soaked a piece of bread in beer. Stuffed the bread in the bottom of a jar and coated the inside of the lid with petroleum jelly. The cockroaches are attracted to the soaked bread, they climb in and can't climb out. In the morning, all I have to do is toss the jar in the trash.

Remove stains on clothing

Surprisingly, flat beer works wonders on most clothing stains, including some of the tougher ones like blood and coffee. As soon as I spot a stain on my clothing or my rugs, I pat the area down with a dry towel to soak up the moisture. Then I soak the stained area in beer for a few hours before tossing the stained shirt or soiled rug into the washing machine. So far, every stain I've treated with beer has come out clean.

Polish brass pots

I own some antique brass pots that were handed down from a family friend. They pots have been well-treated over the years, but they do have a problem with grime and other stains that regular cleaning will not take care of. Recently I started using old beer to polish my brass pots. I dip a clean rag in to the beer and then rub the rag along the inside and outside of the pots. After they're coated, I let the pots sit for about an hour before I wash and dry them normal. The acid in the beer pulls off most grime and stains and leaves the pots shining like they're brand new.

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