Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.
Those of you that have been around since early Spring will know that I lost my tomato seeds. Yep. I had brand new, 2014 heirloom tomato seeds that I used to start some seedlings. Long story short, but when it looked like the seedlings were not going to make it, I was all set to start over.
This is the truth. I spent over two hours looking for my tomato seeds. This week’s prep is that I found my seeds in the small refrigerator I keep in the garage. Boy do I feel silly.
But speaking of tomatoes, the plants in my pots are doing well and so much better than I expected. Not only that, for the first time ever, I have a number of “volunteer” tomato plants that have sprouted in my garden bed. I am not sure what type they are but the plants and the baby tomatoes on their branches look healthy.
Last week I cut up old jeans to use for char cloth. This week I cut up some old, soiled microfiber cloths to use as potty rags just in case we run out of TP. In case you were wondering, no, the edges do not unravel so no hemming is required. Now mind you, these microfiber rags were probably 15 years old and have served me well but it was time. I enjoy using the bright new and colorful microfiber cloths I purchased from Amazon a few months back.
That about covers it for me this week. Now for some announcements.
BACKDOOR SURVIVAL MAIL BAG & READER TIPS
Do you know of any place i can get information on how to use silver to purify water? I know it can be done and has been done for centuries, but can’t find anything specific online. No doubt the companies who make water filters are suppressing the information, but it has to be out there somewhere. Thank you.
Okay, readers. Surely there is someone that can help.
Summer Survival Blast Bonus: A HERCulean Giveaway (Hurry! This one ends on July 21st.)
Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Blueprint + Giveaway
AND THE WINNER IS . . .
The winner of the SolarBag Water Purifier is “Joseph H.”. If you name is Joseph, check your email and claim your prize!
TIPS FOR USING ESSENTIAL OILS
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THE FINAL WORD
It has been a few weeks since I migrated to this abbreviated version of the Sunday Survival Buzz. The response, thank you very much, has been fantastic, but more important, I have shaved enough time from my blogging schedule to get in some weekend R&R.
Perhaps the best part, though, is that more of you are sharing your weekly prepping activities with the rest of us. Some of my best ideas come from learning about your experiences, so thank you for that!
And now, what about you – what did you do to prep this week?
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: The article I wrote 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.
Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, (Pack of 36): No list of DIY 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 blue for glass and windows and the other colors for everything else. I love these.
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”.
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap: Of all of the Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps, peppermint is my favorite. I use it to make “Peppermint Magic”, an all purposed cleaner.
Peppermint Essential Oil: I favor peppermint and tea tree (Melaleuca) essential oil in my cleaning supplies. 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. The nice thing about essential oils from Spark Naturals is that they are also excellent for therapeutic and healing use and well as for use in DIY cleaning supplies. Just remember to use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout to get 10% off your order.
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.
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