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Unconventional Uses Of World’s Most Consumed Beverages

Updated on July 21, 2015
Did you know that next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world? Yes, that's right - it's not coffee. According to various surveys, tea tops the list considering the number of consumers in worldwide scale.
Did you know that next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world? Yes, that's right - it's not coffee. According to various surveys, tea tops the list considering the number of consumers in worldwide scale. | Source

Do you have a specific beverage which you liked the most? My favorite is coffee. It seems that I can’t even last a day without having a cup. In as much as most people love coffee, just like the way I do, some even more, still it wasn’t dubbed as the world’s most consumed beverage next to water – tea brought home the title. That’s okay though, it came after tea and that’s already great news. Since we are talking about coffee now, did you know the leading country with the highest consumption? It’s Finland. Afar from their unbelievable number of music festivals during summer, Finnish people certainly do have a great taste for beverage. I wish I could also live there soon.

On the other hand, coffee is not only limited to being a drink. It also has a lot of uses that little do we know of. In fact, almost all of the most consumed beverages have their own exceptional uses aside from being a drink. Yes, we are accustomed in drinking them but might as well consider their uses afar from quenching our thirst. These beverages have various things to offer which can be domestic aid or personal care. Without further ado, here are the unconventional uses of the world’s most consumed beverages.

1. Tea

Tea made it on top of the list and here’s another fact: British are not the leading consumers of tea, but the Turkish with an average of 6.87 kg per capita. However, aside from being a healthy beverage, tea can also be used as a domestic cleaner. It’s good for cleaning carpets, antique rugs and shines wooden floors as well as polish home furniture. Aside from that, it could also remove stubborn, greasy fingerprints from glass, and make it sparkle. If you’re looking for stain-removers in your sink, tiles or fridge then you don’t have to look further, because you can use tea for it. Tea bags could also be used to absorb odors in your fridge. This summer, after having fun in the sun and you got sunburn, a tea bath could provide you relief.

Tea is one of the healthiest beverage in the world and it is very common in Asian countries. In fact, there is an estimated 1,500 different types of tea.
Tea is one of the healthiest beverage in the world and it is very common in Asian countries. In fact, there is an estimated 1,500 different types of tea. | Source

2. Coffee

Yes, it’s for a known fact that coffee is an incredible beverage at any time of the day. However, its purpose is not only limited to it. Coffee can be of great help in maintaining your home. Just like tea, it could be a great deodorizer for your fridge. It could also be used to fix furniture cracks by mixing 2-3 teaspoons of coffee in the right amount of water, enough to make a paste. Coffee grounds are excellent in cleaning tools and dishware by scouring away grease and grime. Not only that, coffee grounds are also great for the skin – if you want a fair and smooth skin. Coffee grounds could also be used as fertilizer, insect repellant and a great composting agent.

Coffee is the world's most popular drink and second most consumed beverage in the world. It contains antioxidants and other nutrients that can help reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis. it could also help prevent neurological diseases.
Coffee is the world's most popular drink and second most consumed beverage in the world. It contains antioxidants and other nutrients that can help reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis. it could also help prevent neurological diseases. | Source

3. Wine

Wines are perfect complement in every meal especially during dinner dates or family gatherings and even in special occasions. At times, it is inevitable that there are leftovers, so instead of throwing it into the trash, you can reuse it. Wine could be used in cleaning fruits and vegetables as well as remove all impurities (better than water does); all you have to do is spray it. Red wine could be used in dying fabrics, curtains and even Easter eggs. White wine is a great grease stain-remover, countertop tint remover and a good disinfectant. Aside from that, wine is also known to help soften and refine skin. Above all, wine could also help reduce risks of heart attack when taken moderately. If you have bruise, you might want to try using wine to heal it because it helps in soothing inflamed tissue.

Wine is also used as an ingredient in a wide array of recipes which adds flavor and aroma. Whether red or white, people certainly enjoy a bottle in every occasion or dinner dates. Besides, it's the best complement to our meal.
Wine is also used as an ingredient in a wide array of recipes which adds flavor and aroma. Whether red or white, people certainly enjoy a bottle in every occasion or dinner dates. Besides, it's the best complement to our meal. | Source

4. Milk

Ever since we were all babies, we already needed and liked milk. It’s highly rich in calcium which keep our bones strong and with enough calcium, we can avoid the risk of having Osteoporosis. Milk is a great drink to boost out health, helps relieve stress and aids in weight loss. However, it is also very helpful in other things such as removing ink stain. In case you had your clothes stained with pen or printer ink, you can use milk to dissolve the stain before washing, without harming the fabric. It could also be used to polish silver and shine leather to make it look brand new. Not only that, it has also been proven to be a great skin moisturizer and helps keep a shiny and healthy hair.

Milk is a nutrient-rich drink and a good source of calcium, without doubt. It could boost our body's health to fight bone diseases which include tooth decay. Cow's milk has been dubbed the healthiest milk in the world.
Milk is a nutrient-rich drink and a good source of calcium, without doubt. It could boost our body's health to fight bone diseases which include tooth decay. Cow's milk has been dubbed the healthiest milk in the world. | Source

5. Beer

Beer is undeniably a crowd pleaser in almost every party and celebrations. In Germany, it rains beer when Oktoberfest comes and people from all over the world are enjoying this annual event. Beer is the most consumed alcoholic beer in the world and there’s no need to wonder why. In addition, it also offers various uses like a marinade for meat and mushrooms. It’s could also be used as an excellent pot polisher and stain-remover. If you are getting tired of the pesky creatures lurking in your garden like slugs, then you can use beer to help eliminate snails and slugs from wreaking havoc. This may sound odd, but a beer bath could cleanse and exfoliate the skin. You just have to take a shower after that though. Plus, it could help put out fire – sounds terrific!

Despite the fact that beer is not highly endorsed an a healthy beverage, still there are a lot of reasons why people cling to it, giving its title as the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world. It also offers other health benefits.
Despite the fact that beer is not highly endorsed an a healthy beverage, still there are a lot of reasons why people cling to it, giving its title as the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world. It also offers other health benefits. | Source

6.Soda

Each one of us has our own favorite soda. Coca-cola and Pepsi are two of the leading brands in terms of soda manufacturing. In as much as soda tastes incredible, it also possesses various characteristics which could be used in a number of ways. It could help in removing gum from hair easily without having to cut it. It’s also a good substance to be used in cleaning car battery terminals, dirty toilet bowls, and grout. Soda could also be used as an agent to remove rust, milk and blood stains. Aside from that, you could also make use of it to clean grease from glass or clothes. If you have clogged drains at home, then you could pour a 2-liter soda down the drain and let the acids clear the pipe.

Soda is also referred to as carbonated or sugary drinks. Most experts suggest that drinking soda is bad for our health and pose various risks. However, people can't get away from it so easily, in fact, more and more people are buying it.
Soda is also referred to as carbonated or sugary drinks. Most experts suggest that drinking soda is bad for our health and pose various risks. However, people can't get away from it so easily, in fact, more and more people are buying it. | Source

7. Vodka

Did you know that Vodka is the purest drink in the world as it contains less fusel oil? Yes, that’s right. Vodka is a distilled beverage which is composed primarily of water which is why it is considered as the purest. It is also one of the most popular alcoholic beverages that are being used in making cocktails, and probably you already know about it. Afar from that, it is also one of the best ways to treat poison ivy. You just have to immediately pour it on your skin and the alcohol will wash away the urushio oil. Vodka could be used to polish home furniture, clean windows and keep laundries fresh. It could also help preserve flowers and repel annoying insects in your home. In addition, Vodka is also excellent in deodorizing feet, cleaning away mold, keeping hair shiny, and soothe toothaches as well as jellyfish stings.

When there's a party, there are cocktails; when there are cocktails, there's vodka. It is a Russian drink that has been embraced by millions of people all over the world.  This drink is also available in different flavors aside from the clear Vodka.
When there's a party, there are cocktails; when there are cocktails, there's vodka. It is a Russian drink that has been embraced by millions of people all over the world. This drink is also available in different flavors aside from the clear Vodka. | Source

Thoughts To Ponder

Alcoholic drinks are the life of every party such as wine, beer, vodka and a lot more. However, you should make sure that it stays in your stomach and doesn’t go over your head. As a gentle reminder: DRINK MODERATELY.

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    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hey there poetryman - I tried the beer trick back in the 1980s when I lived in Pacifica, CA. We did have an issue with snails, and one year, I planted spinach, and after they sprouted, next morning, they were all chopped off flat! I put out the beer, and trapped.....EARWIGS! (no snails!) I was stunned.

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      aprilsemogan 2 years ago

      Hi poetryman6969,

      Me too, i'd like to get those pesky creatures dead drunk. I did try the beer in our garden, but those snails and slugs didn't show up - too bad. Maybe they already knew that there was a trap waiting. :)

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      aprilsemogan 2 years ago

      Hi, DzyMsLizzy,

      Wow! I totally appreciate it that you shared your experience and it gives me an idea of what life was before. Now that people just rely on detergents and other chemicals to remove stains when in fact, tea is a great and organic choice, not to mention, inexpensive.

      Thanks for the vote up and shares. I'm glad that you liked it. :)

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I like to get my slugs drunk. Dead drunk!

      For me milk was the most surprising one.

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Very interesting. I remember when I was a kid--back when women still wore dresses and underslips all the time. The nylon slips would get dingy and yellowish after many washings, and mother used to take them and dump them into a big pot of black tea on the stovetop.

      The tea would permanently stain the slips a beige color, and they would be "like new" again, for back then, they made things to last, and not fall apart in a year or less.

      Voted up, interesting, useful, shared and pinned.

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