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20 Amazing Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

20 Amazing Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has countless uses that you probably haven’t imagined. Everything from cleaning your home, remedying what ails you internally and externally, to tasty and delicious recipes. There are countless amazing uses for apple cider vinegar and below are 20 nifty suggestions.

1. Reboot Your Liver

After a too many margaritas and draft beers, your liver might be begging for a reset button. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water or with your tea first thing in the morning to unleash the vinegar’s liver cleansing effects.

2. Kill Your Pet’s Fleas.

Who knew that a little apple cider vinegar could ward off pesky fleas? And you can use it from the inside out. Slip a tablespoon into their water or food and rub onto your pet’s skin. You can also use it to repel the fleas from furniture and rugs in your home. Just add combine a 50/50 ratio of apple cider vinegar with water 50 percent with water in an empty spray bottle and lightly spray onto your furniture.

3. Soften Your Laundry

Forgo drier sheets and dodge the chemicals they tend to have by simply using a 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in your wash to help soften your clothes.

4. Make Maple Thyme Muffins

Bake up this recipe and enjoy all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar by consuming delicious and healthy muffins!

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5. Do Away With Dandruff

You can help reduce dandruff by diluting two parts water to one part apple cider vinegar and use it to rinse your hair and scalp. Your hair will come out shiny and flake free!

6. De-Stink Your Hands

If you peeled garlic or cut up some fish, your hands may be extra smelly. Get rid of those strong odors by pour a tablespoon or two on your hands as you wash them with some water.

7. Fight Off Fruit Flies

Get rid of annoying fruit flies once and for all! Pour some apple cider vinegar into a plastic container, punch a few holes, and leave it on your kitchen counter (or wherever your fruit flies like to hang out). Now all you have to do is watch those pesky flies drown (even though that may be boring, but you get the idea)!

8. Scare Off Hiccups

There’s all sorts of myths on how to get rid of hiccups. However one that actually works is just by simply swallowing a spoonful of apple cider vinegar.

9. Tone Your Skin

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent facial toner. Just moisten a cotton ball with some of the cider vinegar and dab all over your face to tone your skin.

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10. Make Apple Cider Caramels

Enjoy these sweet and slightly spicy creamy caramels by making this amazing recipe.

11. Soothe a Sunburn

Relieve sun scorched skin by adding a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak your skin for at least 10 minutes.

12. Get Your Pearly Whites

Make your teeth a few shades whiter. Simply gargle some apple cider vinegar after you brush your teeth. Bonus: the acid can help break up plaque and kill bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath too!

13. Clean and Deodorize Your Toilet

Pour some apple cider vinegar in your toilet and let it sit with seat down overnight. Just scrub and flush the next day! (Bonus: also gets rid of foul odors!)

14. Zap Away Warts

No need to look like a witch.  Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place directly over the wart. Cover with a bandage or medical tape and leave it on overnight. Repeat this process daily until the wart falls off and then continue for a couple more days to make sure it doesn’t come back.

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15. Clear and Open Up Your Sinuses

Apple cider vinegar may help treat a sinus infection. For sinus relief, add a little to your humidifier so you can breathe it in and the trick is to try breathing it in through your nose if you can.

16. Deodorize Your Armpits

Although it’s not an anti-antiperspirant, apple cider vinegar will help your armpits from stinking up without the use of harsh and possibly toxic chemicals found in conventional deodorants. Just apply some to your underarms with a cotton ball. Don’t be discouraged by the strong scent at first, it’ll go away fast and you’ll be stink free!

17. Make Tangy BBQ Sauce

Try out this tangy and tasty recipe that uses a good amount of apple cider vinegar and fire up the grill!

18. Ease Heartburn

If you’re eating a lot of acid and heartburn inducing foods, apple cider vinegar can be use to actually neutralize the acids in your stomach!

19. Rev Your Internal Engine

One of the most useful uses for apple cider is a natural energy booster. Perfect to get you through an afternoon slump or through your spin class.

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20. Clean Almost Anything!

Apple cider vinegar is probably one of the best and non-toxic all purpose cleaner. The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar make for a great natural disinfectant. Just mix ½ cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water in a spray bottle. Go to town and clean countertops, floors, stoves, refrigerators, sinks, bathtubs and even your body!

 

 

There’s even countless more uses for apple cider vinegar! So go on and get a bottle to keep on hand.

Featured photo credit: Matt Beldyk via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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