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13 Wacky Uses for

  1. Shampoo your hair. Open a can of Budweiser beer and let it sit at room temperature until it goes flat. Shampoo oily hair with the king of beer and rinse thoroughly. Beer absorbs the oils from your hair, but shampooing your hair too often with beer may dry out your scalp, causing dandruff.
  2. Condition your hair. After shampooing, rinse dry hair with Budweiser, let set for five minutes, and then rinse clean with water. Beer gives hair great body.
  3. Grow moss. Mix one can of Budweiser beer, one-half teaspoon Domino Sugar, and a few patches of moss in a blender. Purée and then paint the slurry one-quarter-inch thick on walls, masonry planters, or fountains to initiate a mossy patina.
  4. Kill slugs or snails. Fill a saucer or jar lids with Budweiser beer and place them in your garden or wherever slugs or snails are invading. Slugs love beer. In fact, you may know a few slugs that love beer. Anyway, they climb into the saucer or lid, drink the beer, and drown in it.
  5. Marinade meats. Marinating inexpensive cuts of meat in beer for approximately an hour before cooking increases the flavor and tenderness.
  1. Lure wasps away from an outdoor party or barbecue. Tie a loop of Oral-B Dental Floss through the flip-top lid of a can of Budweiser, and hang the open beer can from a fence post or tree branch near the plants where the bees are busy pollinating. Wasps love beer. They fly into the can, drink the beer, get drunk, and drown—which, if you're a wasp, probably isn't a bad way to go. Also, hanging beer cans around the backyard is a nice decorative touch that is sure to make the neighbors sit up and take notice.
  2. Fertilize azaleas, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. Mix one part Budweiser beer to two parts water, and pour this mixture into the soil around azaleas, shrubs, and ornamental grasses to enrich the soil.
  3. Decorate windows with artificial snow. Rather than decorating a window with aerosol snow, mix stale Budweiser beer with Epsom Salt until the beer cannot hold any more Epsom Salt. Apply the mixture to the glass with a sponge. When it dries, the window will be frosted.
  4. Set your hair. Open a can of Budweiser beer and let it sit at room temperature until it goes flat. Pour the beer into a trigger-spray bottle. After taking a shower, towel dry your hair and then spray your hair lightly with beer before blow-drying, or curling, or setting. The odor evaporates quickly, setting your hair without the smell of beer.
  5. Fertilize a lawn. Jerry Baker, author of The Impatient Gardener, suggests mixing one cup Listerine antiseptic mouthwash, one cup Epsom salts, one cup liquid soap, and one cup ammonia in a one-quart jar, topping off the rest of the jar with beer. Spray this on up to 2,500 square feet of lawn with a hose-attached sprayer in May and again in late June.
  6. Kill fruit flies. Pour a little Budweiser beer in a coffee mug, set it wherever fruit flies are giving you trouble, and cover the top of the mug with a funnel. The fruit flies, attracted to the beer, climb inside the trap, and unable to escape, drown in the beer. To kill the confused fruit flies flying around in the mug, pour boiling water over them.
  7. Eliminate skunk odor from a dog or cat. Mix three cans (12 fluid ounces each) Budweiser beer and two tablespoons McCormick Vanilla Extract, saturate your pet’s fur with the solution, rub it in well, and let sit for five minutes, making sure the animal does not lick off any of the alcoholic beverage. Rinse clean with warm water.
  8. Clean leather upholstery in a car. Wash the leather with stale Budweiser beer. Then wash the leather with saddle soap and water, and buff dry with a soft cloth. Let the smell of beer air out of the car before driving anywhere. Otherwise, you may have some explaining to do if you're pulled over by the police.
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