It has been a beautiful, sunny day here on San Juan Island today. On days like this, my thoughts start turning to outdoor activities such a long hikes, bicycling and kayaking.
In addition, there are gardening chores which are really not a chore at all. The big question this year will be whether we will have enough sun this summer to produce a healthy crop of veggies. One thing I can count on, though, is a bounteous crop of greens for those summer salads.
Until, next time, remember to make every day a prep day!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!Gaye If you have not done so already, please be sure to like Backdoor Survival on Facebook to be updated every time there is an awesome new article, news byte, or free survival, prepping or homesteading book on Amazon. In addition, when you sign up to receive email updates you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-book The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide. Bargain Bin: Here are links to the products mentioned in today’s article. In addition, as it turns out, the recent article on DIY cleaning turned out to be hugely popular all around the web. In cased you missed it, here is a link to the article Prepper Checklist: DIY Cleaning Supplies and to some of the products that I use to make my own cleaners. Harbor Freight Tools: A quick reminder that Harbor Freight has all kinds of goodies including tools, work gloves, and of course, low cost shelving. Shipping is a flat $6.99 regardless of the size of the order. Victorinox Swiss Army Climber II Pocket Knife: I thought I was getting a great deal at $20 but now I see the price is down even more to $18.69. If you need a spare, grab one while the price is so low. These make great gifts as well. AA/AAA 4 Cell Battery Storage Case Bundle of Six Cases: This little plastic cases have individual slots for either AA or AAA size rechargeable batteries. Very handy. Maximal Power FC999 Universal Battery Charger: This nicely built charger will charge charge AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9V, Ni-MH, Ni-CD, and Alkaline batteries. It has an LED display so that when you first put a battery in the charging bay, you know whether it is viable for charging or simply bad and ready to go back to the recycle box. Note: When I purchased the charger, it was on backorder. Oddly, it actually shipped the next day. Go figure. Blocklite Mini Compact Size Ultra Bright 9V LED Flashlight: One of my readers (James) claims that these work great. There is a similar flashlight called the Pak-Lite (which is more expensive) but it does not have a high-low switch like this one. Less than $10. Soft ‘N Style Clear Spray Bottles: About $10 for six bottles – these are the larger, 16 ounce size. You can also get these smaller bottles and some reasonably priced pump dispensers. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser: I know that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Castile soaps have a cult-like following but I prefer the Sal Suds. I call my DIY cleaner “Sudsy Sal”. NOW Solutions Glycerin Vegetable, 16-Fluid Ounces: You will need this for your Dirt Cheap Soft Soap. I paid almost as much for only 4 ounces locally. This is a great price and 16 ounces will last forever. NOW Foods Peppermint Oil: I favor peppermint essential oil (okay, I like lavender too) so this is what I get. But there are many types of essential oils to choose from. Take your pick. One thing you will find is that a little goes a long way. Microfiber “Magic” Rags: No list of cleaning supplies would be complete without these wonderful microfiber cloths. They will last you for years and will allow you to replace paper towels forever. Truly. I color code using green for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these.
Mobile Washer: This is hand operated washing machine. Like a plunger, it uses a technique of pushing and pulling the water through clothes to clean them well without wearing them out. It uses a minimum of water and less soap due to the agitation motion. Use in a bucket (5-gallon suggested), sink or tub. The best part is that it is only $14.95. Shop the Emergency Essentials Monthly Specials: The monthly specials at Emergency Essentials feature discounts of up to 35% off sometimes a bit more. One item can recommend available is their Do it Yourself Super Pail Combo. It includes 8 x 6-Gallon Buckets with Lids, 8 x Metallized Storage Bags and a 10-Pack of Large Oxygen Absorbers. Don’t forget that you do not need fancy equipment to seal the metalized bag. A cheap hair iron will do the job.
Like this and want more? send them a short email. Now that was easy! Need something from Amazon (and who doesn’t)? I earn a small commission from purchases made when you begin your Amazon shopping experience here. You still get great Amazon service and the price is the same, no matter what. Amazon has a cool feature called Shop Amazon – Most Wished For Items. This is an easy tool for finding products that people are ‘wishing” for and in this way you know what the top products are. Like I said, very cool. Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!