Category Archives: Clothing

The Many Uses of Borax

Sodium tetraborate decahydrate, commonly known as borax, is a natural mineral made of sodium, boron, oxygen and water, and is a good thing to have in your storage. It has many uses in your home, and if kept in a dry location, the shelf life of borax is virtually unlimited.

Borax and pest control

  • Keep roaches, waterbugs, and ants away by sprinkling a combination of equal parts all-natural borax and sugar.
  • Keep the mice out by sprinkling borax on the floor along the wall.
  • Kill fleas by sprinkling borax on your carpet.  Leave it for an hour and vacuum it up thoroughly.
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33 Things To Do With Old Jeans

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Blue jeans are the classic go-to for millions and millions of us. Pretty much, jeans and a t-shirt is my standard, daily wear. No fuss, not fussy, and both can take years of wear. Every once in a while, though, I’ll wear out a pair of jeans and, I have to be honest here, it’s tough to just put them in the trash.

When we can, we patch them up and a local seamstress repairs belt loops that I somehow manage to rip on a regular basis. But, then, there are times when a pair of jeans is beyond repair, so I did a little research for ways to recycle them (“going green”, right?) and here’s what I came up with.…

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The Best Footwear For TEOTWAWKI

Footwear For TEOTWAWKII have wanted to write an article on boots and shoes for some time now, but I see and hear so many different opinions that I have not been sure of exactly what to say. After thinking about it for a while, I have come to the conclusion that there is no one brand or type of boot that I can recommend over every other. There are many good shoes and boots for TEOTWAWKI, so I am going to give you some general guidelines.

Because of where I live, I have good military style boots, but also snow boots and several pairs of running/hiking shoes.…

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How to Repair Fasteners on Field Gear and Clothing

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Sewing supplies

Hopefully you have stocked up on a good selection of sewing supplies.  So you look in your supplies and find a zipper repair kit.  Instead of having to rip out the old one, which you may or may not have a replacement for, you can save time and money by replacing what is wrong with it.  I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to replace zippers in coats and jackets, even in jeans.

These are some of the types of kits, I found on the internet:

  • Zipper kit for; outdoor gear like tents, backpacks and tents
  • Zipper kit for: clothing
  • Zipper kit for; tab replacement
  • Ezy zipper Glide; helps with sticky zippers
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Zipper repair kits

Now this is just one example of how you can solve a problem with a little bit of preplanning. …

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Cooking with A Wonder Box/Oven Thermal Cooker

wonder box/ovenSummer is fast approaching and so is the hot weather. My wife doesn’t like heat, so she is always concerned about heating up the kitchen when cooking. One of her tricks is to use the Wonder Box/Oven. This is a simple homemade thermal cooker. It not only helps to keep your kitchen cool, but it also saves you money on fuel.

They are basically a well-insulated box that holds a preheated pan and lets the food cook from the retained heat. At the bottom of the page are a couple of links that will help you to make one for yourself.…

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Sewing Supplies, You Need at Least a Minimum Kit

sewing suppliesWell folks our grandson is getting married in a few weeks, so of course we are having the round of bridal showers for his fiancé.  I thought this would be a good time to fill a new sewing box I had picked up.  I couldn’t tell if she was kidding or not but she looked at it and said, ”what is this for.”  Everyone laughed, but how many girls out there don’t know how to sew or what sewing supplies they need..

Over the years, I have had many friends ask me to fix their clothes for them.  Sewing was taught in school when I went to school.  …

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Waterproofing for Tents, Clothing and Shoes, Making Your Own

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The right 1/2 of this cap has been waterproofed

For many years, oilcloth was used for waterproofing clothes, tents and even for covering pioneers wagons.  You can still buy oilcloth clothing and some members of my family wear it and love it for rainy weather.  Oilcloth, also known as enameled cloth or (in England) American cloth, was close-woven cotton duck or linen cloth (canvas) with a coating of boiled linseed oil.  It was one of very few flexible, waterproof materials that were widely available.  Oilcloth was used as an outer waterproof layer for clothing, luggage and many other uses.

Now recently I have been looking into how to make your own waterproofing materials. …

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A Good Pair of Timberland Hiking Boots

Timberland hiking bootsRecently I received a pair of Timberland Whiteledge hiking boots from James Menta of SoleLabz.com who asked me to do a review of these Timberland hiking boots.  When I got the boots several weeks ago, I decided to wear them for a couple of days to see how they felt.  Well I found them to be so comfortable that I am still wearing them every day.  I like them.

First a bit of information on Timberland

Timberland is an American company that is headquartered in Stratham, New Hampshire, but they have offices all around the world. While they are an American company, the boots that they sent me were manufactured in China.…

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Improvised Footwear to Keep Your Feet Warm and Dry

 

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If you shoes are too tight for extra socks or insulation, you can make a footwrap out of heavy cloth or canvas.

You are out for the day and are 50 or 60 miles from home, when your car quits from EMP, or some other catastrophic event occurs, and you have to walk home.  The weather is not good, you have to deal with snow, cold or rain and you only have a pair of tennis shoes.  How can you make improvised footwear?

If you have any kind of a get home kit, hopefully you will have a couple of plastic bags large enough to fit over your feet and extra pair of socks.  …

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Shoe Goo a Useful Product for Preppers

shoe gooA while back I wore a hole in the rubber mat in my car.  Now these things are expensive and I was not looking forward to buying a new one.  This is when one of my sons spoke up and said why don’t you repair it with shoe goo.  I thought what do I have to lose and tried it.  It worked beautifully and has been holding up for over a year with no change.

Shoe Goo is one of these products like duct tape that seems to have a million uses.  Shoe Goo is sold to use to repair tennis shoes. …

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