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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 October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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