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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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      Last Updated on October 17, 2018

      How Setting Small Daily Goals Makes You Achieve Big Success

      How Setting Small Daily Goals Makes You Achieve Big Success

      Successful people “think” success all the time. That is why their goals are firmly lodged in their subconscious.

      While most believe that having a long-term goal is crucial to success, successful people understand that without small, daily goals, you will get demotivated easily; success will in turn become hard.

      In this article, we will look into the importance of setting daily goals and how to having daily goals that help you achieve success.

      How to “think” success with your subconscious

      The subconscious is brilliant at prioritizing. It listens to you and gauges from your thoughts what you think is the most important task. This means that what you think about most of the time is what the subconscious will think is the most important thing for you, and will try to find creative solutions.

      If you think about problems, the subconscious will try to find you more problems. If you think about solutions, goals and dreams, it will try to make them come true.

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      But the subconscious goes even further when trying to understand what you think is important; it “listens” to your feelings.

      Luckily, it has been proven that a positive thought is over 100 times as positive as a negative thought. This makes it a lot easier to drive positive emotions into your subconscious.

      How daily goals keep you positive

      It is enough to be positive and keep your thoughts on what you want — and you don’t have to go monitoring your thoughts all the time.

      It is enough to imbue your thoughts a few times a day with a powerful positive emotion when thinking about your goals. The more you can do it, the more powerful this exercise will be.

      For many, reading their goals or making plans become a chore, something that fills them with negative emotions. This ruins the full potential of these activities; filling yourself with positive emotions while thinking about your goals will make them a lot more powerful.

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      Over the last several years, I have been taught several exercises that can help you focus more on your goals and spend more time thinking about and feeling about them. What I want you to remember when doing these exercises is to have fun. Never see them as a chore, you are living your goals, it is something to enjoy.

      If you don’t feel uplifted at the thought of focusing on your goals, you might as well not do the exercise today. Do it tomorrow instead because it will do more harm than good if you are in the wrong mood when thinking about your goals.

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      In my business, I constantly need to come up with new ways to improve efficiency, new ideas to test and new subjects to teach. It takes a lot of creative work — and creative work has always been one of my weaker areas.

      Luckily, thanks to all my work with goal setting (and because of my focus on my goals), my subconscious knows these are the things I need the most help with and that they are very important to me.

      Every day I get new ideas of things I can try out, products I can create, seminar subjects I can offer, and so on.  All of them aren’t good but when you throw enough “mud against the wall”, something will stick. And that is what my subconscious does — it feeds me idea after idea.

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      How to set daily goals for yourself

      This method is used by countless thousands around the world and for everyone who has tried it, the effects have been incredible:

      1. Each morning, take a pen and a piece of paper and write down your 10 top goals. Don’t look at the day before, just think about what you want to most and write them down.
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      3. Do this for all 10 goals.

      In the beginning, writing down 10 goals might be difficult. Each day, they might look a bit different and some of the goals you write never come back again.

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      What difference does it make?

      By starting your day setting your 10 top goals, you jump-start your creativity — which will motivate you for the rest of the day. You will have programmed yourself to focus on your goals and to move towards them and their completion.

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      What will happen to you?

      If you do this, you will start to realize what is important to you. You’ll see what goals keep surfacing and what goals vanish.

      You will know what you want and you will find yourself presented with opportunities that you haven’t noticed before.

      You will be more creative in finding ideas and chances to make your dreams reality.

      The bottom line

      Having goals on a daily basis can change your life for the better. It will help you keep moving faster and faster towards your goals and dreams.

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