12 items You Do Not Want to Be Without – A Nifty Fix-it and Clean-it Kit

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 4, 2019
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11 Responses to “12 items You Do Not Want to Be Without – A Nifty Fix-it and Clean-it Kit”

  1. My roommate is a nurse, and she advised me NOT to use rubbing alcohol on any skin that has been broken (cuts or reddish scrapes) because it dries out and inflames the skin, which hinders healing. Regular soap & water cleans out minor cuts and scrapes just fine, and applying bacitracin or Neosporin speeds healing.

    • I find that piece of information interesting since I was always taught to disinfect a wound with alcohol before applying a bandage. That said, I am “old” and perhaps the old rule no longer applies. Thanks for posting this and as with everything, we each should follow the advice of our health care provider.


    • I’ve been told that Hydrogen Peroxide is fine to use as a disinfectant to initially clean a wound but that it shouldn’t be used repeatedly. The theory goes that the fluid burns the newly regenerated cells and slows the healing process.

      I wonder if the same is true for the alcohol?


  2. Good list, SW! I wouldn’t have thought about some of these, like the compressed air.



  3. I might have gone with a bit stronger glue (such as Gorilla glue) but otherwise a very interesting list. Thanks.

  4. Salt should be in every preparedness pantry. Weak solutions of saltwater are good for canker sores, athlete’s foot, hay fever, itching, mouth sores, sinusitis, sore throats. Very weak, warm water, salt solutions are also good for minor scrapes, cuts. Read up on this ahead of time to be prepared when you cannot get to a medical professional.

  5. i used a zip-tie to fix my recliner! a bolt sheared off and i couldn’t remove it from the mechanism that extends the footrest. so i tied the two pieces together with a zip-tie; i thought it would last a couple of days until i could get a hose clamp or something on the pieces. that was almost 5 years ago. the footrest works fine, although it does clunk a little sometimes. mind you, i weigh over 200 pounds and spend a lot of time in that chair. still amazes me.

    • @Nancy – That is amazing. I would have tried Rescue Tape or something like that. It just goes to show you how very useful they tie wraps (zip ties) can be 🙂

  6. WD-40 is NOT a lubricant. It’s a solvent. If you use WD-40 as a lubricant, you’ll find that a regular lubricant will need to be applied later. WD-40 works on stuck tools because it dissolves whatever is keeping them from working. After using it, I suggest you use some type of oil, depending upon the item, to make it work more smoothly. “WD” actually means “water displacement” and 40 stands for the number of attempts to find a formula that did what the inventor wanted. It is excellent for drying out distributor caps containing condensation, and the like.

  7. Don’t forget bay leaves to keep your dry foods insect free.

  8. Hydrogen Peroxide is useless in first aid applications… It will not disinfect or otherwise clean your wounds any better than purified water. Did i mention it isn’t guaranteed to be sterile? Ooh, it bubbles though!


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