When you go to the grocery store or look for canned meats online the price may shock you. If you want really high quality meats then there is even more … Read More
Interested in DIY Projects?
If there are words to describe preppers and homesteaders, they are likely Do It Yourself. Backdoor Survival has always been about DIY. From designing your own water catchment to canning meat and more, we have the info you need to meet your goals and get the most out of your preps.
Cooking, Canning, and Pantry
Knowing how to add value at home by processing and storing foods is a very important part of prepping for hard times. Look below for posts on how to make everything from cooking oils to soda, canned meat, and more. We can also help you save money by roasting your own coffee at home.
Health and Personal Care
Some of the best remedies and personal care products are the ones you can make yourself. While we are not doctor’s, Backdoor Survival is a strong believer that essential oils and botanicals can help us be healthier and offer relief to some issues many people suffer from. From healing salves to antiviral sprays and rubs for coughs and congestion to making your own lip balm.
General Household DIY
Knowing how to stretch your resources is a valuable skill. Knowing how to make some of the things you use often makes it even better. Natural cleaning supplies can be made from very basic ingredients as can a variety of glues. Do you like to cook over charcoal? We can show you how to make a large supply of charcoal to have on hand.
Gardening & Water Catchment
There is a lot of joy and good meals that can come of growing your own food and making the most of your water resources.
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Living in the desert has taught me not to take water for granted. Unlike the Pacific Northwest, I am not footsteps away from streams, ponds, or a vast sea just waiting for me to collect and purify for personal use.
In a continuing effort to educate our readers on the finer aspects of self-sufficiency, I have invited Dan Chiras to share his best strategies and tips for creating a rain catchment system that works. Learn what you need to know about building a rainwater catchment system.
Late last year I put out a call for topics that would enhance your ability to become self-sufficient. One of the topics that was suggested over and over again was step by step instructions for making soap from common ingredients that could be stored as part of our long-term preps.
As part of the Backdoor Survival “doing it my way” initiative, I put a call out to colleagues who had not only made soap themselves but were will to share their experience so we could learn ourselves. In this article, experienced prepper and soap-maker, Carmela Tyrell teaches us how to make cold pressed soap safely and easily using common ingredients plus gel from the Aloe Vera plant.
Hand sanitizers have their place in our lives, especially in the sick room where alcohol-based sanitizers rule. On the other hand, many hand sanitizers currently on the market deliver a chemical brew that results in a sticky, nasty mess along with ingredients such as triclosan and other anti-bacterial ingredients that are now suspected to contribute to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Given that plant-based essential oils are some of the strongest antibacterial and anti-microbial substances around, I have chosen to make my own day-to-day hand sanitizer. I use this hand sanitizer to supplement good old fashioned hand washing with plenty of soap and water. This recipe uses 100% organic, cold-pressed Aloe Vera gel, organic coconut oil, and a mix and match blend of essential oils.
Have you priced gel ice packs lately? They run $10 to $15 each and as you know, one is not enough. You need to have a backup pack to use while a melted pack is rejuvenating itself in the freezer. When I turned to the internet for help, oh my gosh, I found hundreds of recipes for DIY gel ice packs. Here is the one I settled one. Total cost? About $2 each.
Have you wondered about the hoopla surrounding body butters? A body butter is like a salve except it does not include beeswax and has a creamy, silky feeling when applied to the skin. Here is my version, including instructions for making a body butter version of “miracle healing salve”. You are going to love it!
Did you know that there are 7 species of Elderberry in North America? That makes them easy to locate and forage which is important because of their health and wellness benefits. Here are 12 to start with plus directions for making your own elderberry tincture and syrup.
Everyone dreads cleaning toilets and using toxic chemicals does not make the process any more pleasant. In a quest for self-sufficiency, I have learned to make natural, chemical free toilet bombs using simple, inexpensive ingredients. I won’t say that cleaning toilets is now fun, but it sure is a lot easier. Give these DIY Toilet Bombs a try – you will not be disappointed!
Making your own foaming hand soap is so easy and the results are so good that I can’t believe I have not done this before now. In this article, learn how to make your own DIY Foaming Hand Soap for $1.12 for a full, 12 ounce bottle. I love saving money this way, don’t you?
When it comes to skincare products, the sky is the limit cost-wise. Why not make your own using pure, natural ingredients with names you can pronounce. Whether you make them for yourself or for gift giving, here are 4 amazing skincare products to make using essential oils.
Learn how to make an awesome cayenne salve for pain relief. Easy to make and inexpensive. Why spend money when you can make it yourself?
When it comes to emergency lighting, flashlights and lanterns rule. The problem, however, is that they require a power source, be it batteries, propane, or some other type of fuel. … Read More