Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to do something but you did not have the right tool or gizmo to get the job done? In my “before-prepping” days that happened to me a lot but now? Not so much. I carry a Swiss Army Knife, a Gerber Shard tool and paracord with me all of the time and on most days, I also have my Kershaw knife. With these few items, I feel ready to face the world! On the other hand, sometimes I need more than my little set of EDC tools and have to give a shout out to the Survival Husband to help me out. Something he keeps telling me is that I need a portable . . . Read More
DIY Prepper Projects from Backdoor Survival
Interested in Do It Yourself projects? Here are some favorites.
There comes a time when every prepper will say enough with all of the food and enough with all of the gear. Preparing a survival pantry, first aid kit and bug-out-bag are all important tasks but at some point we need to take a break from gathering stuff and move on to some of the basic skills needed to to insure our comfort in an emergency situation.
One of those skills is the ability to cook food outdoors. Sure, we all know how to fire up the barbie and grill burgers. But what if the backyard barbeque was not available?. . . Read More
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about using worms to create compost. The official term for this is “Vermicomposting” and the great thing about it is that it is clean and tidy and does not take up a lot of space. For folks that have small yards or live in apartments, this is ideal plus, if need be, vermicomposting can even be done indoors. Imagine composting in on your porch, a deck or even in your laundry room! Now that I have you excited about composting with worms – and specifically red worms - I would like to provide you with instructions for building the cheapest worm bin imaginable. It is built out of commonly available supplies and is so easy even a novice handyman (handyperson?) can do it. THE CHEAP AND EASY WORM BIN Here are the materials you will need to build your worm . . . Read More
Making my own household cleaning products is just something I do. Always have as a matter of fact, even before anyone cared about being green and dare I say it, being frugal. Over the years, the products I use have changed. First it was ammonia and water. Talk about toxic! But it did clean well. I moved on to others things including Simple Green, Orange Glo , Pine-Sol and Quick N Brite (remember that?). These days, however, I use white vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, Dr. . . . Read More
One of the dilemmas we face in a long term SHTF situation is the lack of food. For that reason, many of us stockpile grains. Grains have a long shelf life, are nutritious and will keep us going when fresh food is not available. In an ideal world, we will mill our grains and bake up homemade bread in our cast iron pots that are cozied up to the campfire. Sounds good and even a bit romantic. Alas, although wheat and other grains can be milled into flour, yeast is a bit less hardy and after a few years, my not be viable. So what are the alternatives? There is sourdough of course. And then there is hardtack, a cracker like bread made without yeast whatsoever. What exactly is hardtack? According . . . Read More
About a month ago, I learned that it was possible not only to test old alkaline batteries to see if they are still are usable but also that, with the right type of charger, you can bring dead batteries back to life and that you can actually recharge alkaline batteries. To be quite honest, I was blown away. Being a dutiful citizen of the world, when a flashlight, computer mouse or portable electronic gizmo such as a remote control stopped working, I dumped the old batteries into my recycle box and installed some new ones. Of course not being wasteful, I favored the use of rechargeable batteries and was quite proud of my collection of various sized Eneloop batteries which hold their charge for up to three years, even while sitting on the shelf. First, a quick note on the "tools used" . . . Read More
To say that I have become obsessed with making my own DIY cleaning supplies is a bit of an understatement. Each week I am trying out something new - hoping to come up with the perfect cleaner. It is not that I love cleaning – I just love the results. That said, over the years I have embraced the “good enough” method of house cleaning and household chores. Still, if there is a better way that happens to be better or cheaper, then this frugalista is all eyes and ears. So why is this important to preppers? It is important because post crisis (disaster, collapse or what have you), maintaining a clean and sanitized environment will be key in avoiding sickness. Not only that, but a clean environment will smell better and will have a calming effect on frazzled nerves. Today I would . . . Read More
For a number of weeks I have been bragging about my homemade, almost free, DIY soft soap. Surprisingly, only a couple of readers had called me on the fact that I have been sending out teasers, one right after another. So okay, no more teasing. Today I am going to share with you my DIRT CHEAP SOFT SOAP. And by dirt cheap, I mean as low as 80 cents or less for a gallon jug of the stuff. Now I like a bargain as much as the next person, but this is so good and so cheap that I am wild and insanely crazy about it. And the best part about it is that I only had to purchase one item to make up a batch of this wonderful stuff - namely a bottle of vegetable glycerin. So how did I do it? Let me share the basic recipe. How to Make Dirt Cheap Soft Soap The basic ingredients . . . Read More
It seems as though the big news going around the prepping and DIY community is how to make your own laundry detergent. As a matter of fact, enter “DIY Laundry Detergent” in your search engine and you will come up with more than 1.8 million hits. As you start to click through the links, you will find dozens of variations on the recipe. Well I am here to tell you that you can forget about grating bars of soap. In addition, you can forget about making up 5 gallon buckets filled with detergent and you can forget about cooking up a laundry detergent stew in a big kettle on the stove. Who has time for that craziness? I sure don’t. The Basic Recipe for Laundry Detergent Before I launch into the recipe, I want to say a word about the ingredients. With no apologies, the . . . Read More
Rocket Stoves are pretty neat. Common among campers and backpacking enthusiasts, rocket stoves are relatively new to urban dwellers or those that do not spend a lot of time outdoors. But wait - here come the preppers who seek fuel efficient ways to cook outdoors when the grid goes down. Not to make light of the situation, five years ago I had no idea what a rocket stove was nor did I know how they worked. How times have changed. While there are many commercial rocket stoves (and I own two including the Solo Stove and the . . . Read More