Of all of the reasons to prepare, one that we all need to take seriously is the possibility of a catastrophic EMP, or electromagnetic pulse. This is a frequent topic in many post-apocalyptic novels and something that most of us are aware of, even if we do not completely understand the science.. . . Read More
DIY Prepper Projects from Backdoor Survival
Interested in Do It Yourself projects? Here are some favorites.
When it comes to prepping, having the ability to fend for yourself for an extended period is a universal goal. First, comes water, then comes food, and next, for many, comes first aid. And therein lies the rub, no pun intended. A cold or a cough can take you down in a flash, whether it is an annoying sniffle or a wracking, chest pounding cough. It is no fun and you are going to want to get rid of it fast. Alas, there are all types of over-the-counter remedies available to you but there are a few problems with them. . . . Read More
About a month ago, I thought to myself, “Self, wouldn’t it be nice to have some of my healing salve in lotion bar form?”. This has been something I have often considered but as with a lot of projects, it kept moving to the back burner. Finally though, I got serious and in order to keep myself on track, reported my intentions on the Survival Buzz. Before we start, let me say this. Making lotion bars is so dang easy and the results so darn great, I should have done this months ago. . . . Read More
Although news of Ebola has been dominating the headlines, there is currently another nasty outbreak circulating the United States. Since August, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has caused clusters of respiratory disease in the US with over 690 people affected. As of this writing, five children have died. This is not something to take lightly and is reason enough to start doubling up on the frequency of hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers. This includes adults, of course, but also children who seem especially at risk.. . . Read More
One of the dilemmas I face is that buried in the archives are a ton of great articles that are lost to newcomers to the website. One of these days, I really do need to set up a better menu and organization system. The problem with doing so, however, is that it takes me away from researching and writing new material.
I have two solutions. First, hire a vice president in charge of work to do it for me. Second is to simply bring some of the most popular articles forward into present time. I like the second solution a lot better.
It is an old classic and we all know the words: “Summertime and the livin' is easy. Fish are jumpin', and the cotton is high.”
Without a doubt, summer is the time that most of us break out of our cocoons and embark upon all manner of projects, both large and small. I know that I do and, no surprise, most of my projects are preparedness related. That being said, I have a lifetime of projects on my to do list and the poor Survival Husband; his list is long enough for two lifetimes.. . . Read More
One of the very first things I learned to do when I started to prep was seal food in Mylar bags. As simple as this sounds, you would not believe the gyrations I went through to make this happen. Holy moly, I used plastic tubing, a FoodSaver vacuum sealer, a yardstick, a straw, and iron and ironing board. Yes, it all worked but it was a bit tedious in that four hands were required to get the job done. I also have to tell you that there were a lot of laughs during the process as the pinto beans went flying everywhere! Years later, my method is so much simpler that I tend to forget about my initial struggles. With that it mind, today I am sharing a step by step show and tell, describing how you can easily move your beans, oatmeal and rice from their store packaging to Mylar (or . . . Read More
For the past six weeks, I have been exploring alternatives to over-the-counter ointments, salves, and beauty products. Not only are these products expensive, but as I have learned time and time again, they don’t always work. Starting with a basic formula for healing salve that I found on the internet, I decided to make my own all-purpose salve and to test it on various ailments to see how it worked. I added a bit of this, subtracted a bit of that and came up with I call my own Miracle Healing Salve. The funny thing is that when the final results came in, the formula that worked the best as an all-purpose salve was a version included the same blend essential oils I have been using for muscle aches these past ten plus years. Go figure. As easy as this Miracle Healing Salve is . . . Read More
For many, the backbone of food storage is bulk foods not the least of which is flour. But in a crisis situation, what the heck can you do with all of that flour? The answer, of course, is to make bread and baked goods. But bread takes time and viable yeast may or may not be available. The next best thing? Biscuits and pancakes!
Today I would like to share with you a fabulous DIY biscuit mix. It comes from the Utah State University Extension Service and not only is it easy to make, but the resulting biscuits and pancakes are to die for. (There is also a fabulous coffee cake but that is another topic entirely).
The official name for this recipe is Utah Ready-Quick Mix. . . . Read More
Over the past few weeks I have had multiple inquiries asking if I have ever made my own laundry soap. The answer is YES YES YES I have and after I did, I never looked back. In todays blast from the near past, I share the article I wrote describing my experience making my own laundry soap with just three ingredients: Borax, Washing Soda, and Dawn dish detergent. Don’t ask me why this works so well – it just does! Not only that, according to my calculation, the cost is only 23 cents for a half-gallon batch or less than 1 1/2 cents per load using a full half cup per load. I personally use this DIY Laundry Detergent in my HE, front loading washer and it works perfectly! . . . Read More
Here in the Pacific Northwest, late summer and early fall is prime picking time. That is because in this neck of the woods, blackberry brambles are everywhere. You will find them along trails, next to roadways and even in the backyard rose garden where they are an unwelcome visitor and impossible to get rid of. There is a positive side to this however. Blackberries are abundant and they are free for the picking, white clothing notwithstanding (more about that later). I don’t know if blackberries are common in your area but surely there is some fruit that you can either pick yourself or purchase inexpensively from a roadside stand or farmers market. So let’s have some fun today and make some fruit liqueur for personal consumption or for barter. HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE FRUIT . . . Read More
One of the really fun things I get to do is mess around with DIY cleaners. The inner chemist in me comes out and I play around with different formulas until I get something just right. My bloopers not withstanding, I can usually muddle my way through a recipe and make it work with minor adjustments here and there. Today I would like to show you how to make your own liquid castile soap for pennies. Well not really pennies but two full quarts of liquid castile soap for less than $1.50. Compare that to Dr. Bronner’s at $14 or $15 dollars per quart and you will see why I am excited. What is Castile Soap? Castile soap is wonderful stuff. It is made from 100% plant oils – typically olive oil or coconut oil – and it includes no animal fat and no mysterious chemicals. It’s a true . . . Read More