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12 Special Uses for Beer You Never Knew

12 Special Uses for Beer You Never Knew

Beer is great for drinking, of course, but there are a lot of special uses for beer that you can try around the house. From the garden to the kitchen to the bathroom, here are 12 special uses for beer that might have you picking up an extra 6-pack the next time you go to the store.

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    In the Garden

    1. Both garden plants and houseplants can benefit from getting a beer sprinkle every now and then. Sugar and yeast help feed beneficial bacteria in the soil, which is good for vegetables, flowers and grass.

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    2. Mix a bottle of beer and a cup of ammonia in four gallons of water and put it in your compost bin to give it a boost.

    3. Place shallow bowls of beer in the garden in the evening for an easy way to trap slugs and snails.

    4. Temporarily keep bees and wasps away from an outdoor gathering by placing cups of beer around the perimeter of your yard.

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    In the Kitchen

    5. If you have fruit flies, a glass of beer can help. Cover the container with plastic wrap, leaving a little opening so the flies can get in. They won’t get back out.

    6. The acid in beer makes it a good cleaning solution, especially for brass and copper pots. You can also soak gold jewelry in beer; just let it soak for a while, rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.

    7. Beer can also be part of a good cockroach trap. Soak a piece of bread in beer and put it in a glass jar. Put some petroleum jelly around the top of the jar. The creepy crawlies will be able to get in but not back out.

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    8. Beer is, of course, a great addition to marinades, barbecue sauces and batter recipes as well, but that’s still kind of close to drinking it. You can add it to water when steaming shellfish, cooking shrimp or even cooking rice, and there’s always the classic beer can chicken as well.

    In the Bathroom

    9. Wash your hair with beer to boost the shine. Some people recommend just dumping the beer on your head, letting it sit for a few minutes and rinsing it out. There are also more complex recipes that call for boiling the beer until it has reduced to about 1/4 cup, then mixing that with a cup of your regular shampoo and using it as normal. I can’t vouch for the effectiveness of either method, but it’s worth a try.

    10. You can also take a bath in beer. Just add a bottle to the water and soak as usual. The hops in beer are said to be detoxifying, and as the pores open through the heat of the bath, the body can absorb minerals from the beer. It should make your skin softer and, if you like the smell of beer, it’s rather aromatherapeutic as well. You can also just soak your feet in beer, which again will soften the skin. Use icy cold beer for lots of carbonation, which is like a foot massage in a bottle.

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    Other Special Uses for Beer

    11. Between the acid and the carbonation, pouring a little beer on rusty bolts could loosen them up enough so you can remove them.

    12. Wiping down your wooden furniture with beer can also help boost shine and make it look a little less dingy.

    For most of these purposes (other than cooking) you will want flat, room temperature beer, so pop open an extra can at the end of the night and in the morning you’ll be able to do lots of special things with your leftover beer.

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      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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