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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web.
But first, an update on my own preps.
Being somewhat paranoid about cooking sources, this week I ran the diminutive little Solo Stove through it’s paces. I plan to write up a review for Tuesday but for now will just say this is an amazing little stove that fits in the palm of your hand – it is only about 9 ounces – yet it boils 4 cups of water in about 10 minutes using biomass as fuel.
I also received the peppermint and lavender essential oils that I ordered last week. On my gosh – the peppermint! I had been reading about adding essential oils to DIY cleaners and especially those that are vinegar based. I had been reluctant to do – heck, why bother. But I do have to tell you, like magic, the peppermint oil improves the cleaning power of my basic vinegar and water spray.
Now you know where this is headed. I am going to do some more research on the amazing properties of peppermint essential oil. But for now, here is my current fav DIY cleaning brew:
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 14 oz. water
- 10 to 12 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix it all up in a spray bottle (I like the smaller bottles such as the one shown since they are easier for my small hand to handle.)
That’s it. You will be amazed, especially when cleaning the toilet. And oh, the smell, is soooo nice!
So what about the lavender oil? I forgot to put on my Ove’ Gloves the other day and burned my arm. Nasty business. I find that dabbing these types of wounds with lavender oil aids with the healing process and helps mitigate scars. Does it work? I think so.
Okay, enough about me. Let’s get on to the Sunday Survival Buzz.
Survival News & Articles from Around the Web
Study finds 10,000 ID fraud gangs active in US, especially the Southeast: I knew that ID theft was a serious problem but these numbers – in terms of active ID theft gangs and rings – is staggering.
Roasting Vegetables 101 – Just in Time for Thanksgiving: Roasted root vegetables make a healthy and tasty side dish. But beyond that, with a bowl of rice, roasted root vegetables from your garden can make a satisfying and nutritious meal. If you have never roasted veggies, this is a skill to learn and to enjoy now. Economical too – especially if you grown your own veggies.
Ten Ways to Become Self-Sufficient and Ten Ways to Get There: This is an oldie but goodie and worth a new read. It is not that you don’t know how to become self-sufficient but that this time of year, with consumerism beginning to raise its mighty head for the holiday season, we all need to be reminded of the basic fundamentals of independent living.
What does it take to get people to flee a storm?: In the recent Boca Chita book giveaway, most readers indicated that they would rather bug in than bug out. It most cases, so would I. But what if the authorities say “it is time to evacuate”? What would it take to get you to leave?
Exec Who Looked Other Way As Countrywide Sold Off Bad Mortgages Is Now Running Chase’s Foreclosure Review Dept.: Those gosh darn greedy banksters are at it again.
A Bit of Backdoor Survival Housekeeping
Looking for Something?: I have added a much needed “Search” function to the main menu bar. Makes me wonder what took me so long.
Printing Articles: A week or so ago I uninstalled my “print friendly” button to do some testing and then forgot to re-install it. It is back. Here is what it looks like and for now, it will appear at the top of each article (although I may later move it to the bottom.
The nice thing about using these buttons to print is that you can optionally adjust the size of the print and also you can omit the images (to save ink or toner).
Where’s the Butter?: A couple of readers could not find the butter powder on the Shelf Reliance Party order form. You will find a #10 can of powdered butter listed under “Other Backdoor Survival Favorites” toward the bottom of the form. This stuff works wonderfully in baked goods and can also be mixed with a bit of water and used as a spread.
And speaking of Shelf Reliance and Thrive, they are having a fabulous Black Friday sale starting on Friday, November 23rd. I should have a special order form ready to go on Tuesday, but if you are interested in browsing some of the specials, you can download a Black Friday Flyer or view additional products at the Your Own Home Store website. You are welcome to place an order early but you will still need to use the Backdoor Survival order form or let Misty know via email ([email protected]) that you are a Backdoor Survival reader. (By using the order form you also lock in the sale prices now, rather than waiting until Friday.)
Update: The Black Friday Order form is ready to go. Click here to take a look.
Another Version of DIY Laundry Soap
Reader Karen swears by this version of DIY Laundry Detergent. If you have the space to store a large quantity (5 gallons), you might want to give this a try (although it can easily be sized down).
- 1 bar of Fels-Naphtha soap, grated
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup borax powder
- 3 tablespoons essential oil (optional)
- 1 five gallon bucket
- 5 (one gallon) recycled vinegar or other jugs
Grate soap into 1 gallon of water in an old non-aluminum pot or bucket you’ve set aside just for making soap. A regular 2 gallon bucket with a lip is good for this. Stir in the washing soda, the borax, and choice of essential oil, if using. Then use an immersion blender to blend completely. Pour into a five gallon bucket.
Add hot water to equal five gallons, rinsing the pot or bucket with some of the water and pouring back into the bucket. Stir well, then allow to sit, covered, for 24 hours; it will gel up and look like egg whites.
Blend again if necessary and decant into 5 one-gallon vinegar jugs (set them in the sink, and use a funnel to fill). If needed, shake before each use.
Using 1/2 cup for each load, this recipe will make about 160 loads. I keep a 1/2 cup measure sitting upside down on the jug I’m currently using.
Vinegar jugs are best for this application, as they are made to stand up to corrosive stuff. I found out the hard way that milk jugs are only made for milk.
This recipe can be cut down to make just the amount of laundry soap you would like.
Backdoor DIY Survival Tip
Have a Coleman gas lantern that you would like to covert kerosene (which is less in demand and therefore more readily available after a storm)? Ron Brown, the Lanterns, Lamps & Candles guy, just put this how-to video up on YouTube: Converting a Gas Lantern to Kerosene.
The Blogroll aka Recommended Sites and The Honor Roll
For technical reasons, I have renamed Recommended Sites to “Blogroll”. The transition of this page is still a work in progress as I am trying to make a few changes each week without getting too bogged down.
This week there is a new addition in the Alternative News section: The Sleuth Journal. Not only that, but I have now become a regular contributor to the site and join a who’s who list of contributors in the activist, survival and prepping niche.
News From our Sponsor
My friends at Buy Emergency Foods and Preparewise have launched their line of non-GMO foods. I can not tell you how thrilled I am about this. Although I knew about the launch a month ago, it was hush hush until the product became available. You can read all about it at Legacy Products Now100% Certified GMO Free.
As with all of my sponsors, please pay them a visit and let them know you saw them on Backdoor Survival. Speaking of which, check out the Backdoor Survival Sponsors page and support the fine companies that allow me to keep Backdoor Survival free for everyone.
The Final Word
With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, many of us are planning family a get together with friends and relatives from near and far. Given the recent storm in the NE United States and the possibility of other disasters happening at any time, this might be a good time to gently talk about the importance of prepping. No lecturing, no scolding, just a gentle reminder that the unexpected can and does happen to ordinary people.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Bargain Bin: If you want to give the peppermint essential oil a try, Amazon has a large selection on the Peppermint Essential Oils search page. You may also find peppermint essential oil in the natural remedies section of your local supermarket or drugstore. I absolutely love this stuff!
Other than that, today I bring back the list of the top 10 selling items purchased on Amazon by Backdoor Survival readers during the second quarter of 2012. I also compiled a list of the top selling items and uploaded them to a special Amazon store which you can access by clicking here. The items are shown in descending order with the top selling items shown first.
So what were the top ten items? I am a bit surprised by a few of these, but hey, numbers do not lie.
1. Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife with Stainless-Steel Blade and Nylon Handle
2. Streamlight 73001 Nano Light Miniature Keychain LED Flashlight, Black
3. Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10)
4. iOSAT Potassium Iodide Tablets, 130 mg (14 Tablets)
5. Potable Aqua Water Treatment Tablets
6. When Things Go Boom! A Highly Practical (NO FLUFF!) Guide To What You Can Do NOW To Prepare For The Coming Chaos
7. The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook
8. 5 in 1 Survival Whistle
9. “Thin Red Line” Paracord Survival Bracelet
10. Diamond Strike on Box Matches – Large Kitchen Matches – 250 Count
Other specials of note include the Freeze Dried Poultry and Vegetable Combo for $114.99. The six #10 tins include Chicken A La King, Chicken Teriyaki, Noodles & Chicken, Rice & Chicken, Broccoli and Green Beans. Now that I have a good supply of bulk foods, I appreciate the convenience of ready-made meals where all you need to do is add some hot or boiling water and you are done.
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