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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.
All too often, the world is shaken by a new flu bug or the resurgence of an old one. This article caught my eye, as it’s about a mutated version of avian flu H7N2 that was transmitted from a cat to a human, quite a rare occurrence. I also have a long enough memory to recall the Ebola panic just a couple of years ago and shaking my head at the incompetence and poor decision making by those in authority, including the CDC.
The history of Ebola, as detailed in this book, is helpful to know and understand how a deadly virus originates, mutates, and spreads.…Read More...
Now, there are numerous situations in which disaster could leave us short of water. They could be just for a couple of hours or situations that lasted for months or even years. Besides the lack of drinking water, how would you stay clean in a world short on water?
This brings us to the topic of waterless hygiene, and believe it or not, there are actually products on the market that provide you with quite a good cleansing using no water at all. A bottle or two in every bug out bag would be a wise investment.
I am assuming that you currently have access to a limited amount of water like most people, and that you are reliant on city water.…Read More...
Vinegar is a great multi-purpose item. It can be used for preserving food, as a condiment, a salad dressing, medicinally, as a disinfectant, and as a cleaner. There are numerous types on the market, but for the purposes of this post, but we will only consider white distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar.
White vinegar will store almost indefinitely if tightly sealed in a glass or plastic bottle with a plastic lid. The acid it contains will destroy enamel-coated metal caps over time. White vinegar works well for pickling and most other uses.
Apple cider vinegar is sold in two types: one is a cider flavored distilled acetic acid, the other is a true cider vinegar fermented from hard cider.…Read More...
With all the floods occurring on the East Coast and the prospect of more to come this winter, I thought it might be a good time to post information about cleaning up after a flood. Now of cause how much of this applies to you depends on how severe the flood affected your home.
Once the floodwaters have receded and the property can be accessed safely, you should begin cleanup. The most important steps are to restore the environment to a dry state and salvage any valuable property. The longer that water/waste are allowed to remain in your home or on your property, the greater the potential for illness and irreparable damage to your home and its contents. …Read More...
I have recently received several email inquires about how to get hold of inexpensive or free five-gallon buckets. Now I have a lot of five gallon buckets, some I have paid for, but many that I have gotten for free.
Let’s talk about good sources for purchasing five-gallon buckets first. Both Home Depot and Lowes have good quality buckets on sale for a reasonable price. But they are not all food grade. Unless they are specifically labeled as food grade, assume that they are not. If they are food grade they will normally have a sticker that says food grade. Home Depots orange buckets are not food grade. …Read More...
I have always been under the impression that after a major disaster that involved large scale loss of life and building damage there would be an immediate increase in rodent problems. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the opposite accrues immediately after the disaster for the short term.
Rodents that survive a disaster often move to new areas. It takes time for rodents to regroup, reorganize their social behavior, become familiar with their new environment, find safe haven, locate food and water, and memorize their movements. Colony building and reproduction will begin only when their new ecosystem has stabilized. …Read More...
The other day we put up a post on the problems of sewer backups that can be caused by a major disaster or flooding. Remember that after a major disaster or disruption of services that many of the flood control systems may cease to function. This includes pumping stations and even dam failures.
The following is information that may help you cleanup if you are affected by either flooding or sewer backups.
Cleanup of Internal Areas after a sewer backup or flood
Once the floodwaters have receded and the property can be accessed safely you should begin cleanup. The most important steps are to restore the environment to a dry state and salvage any valuable property. …Read More...
Back in Oct 2012 I wrote an article about the problems a friend of mine was having with his solar shower. At that time we asked for some suggestion to fix his problem and received some very good ones. This morning we received another post on solar showers by a gentleman who has lived off the grid for 12 years. He gives a good fairly detailed description of how he solved the problem. I have decided to put his comment up as a post
I’m lucky, the cabins is a 1/4 mile off road up the side of the mountain and my system is all gravity fed from an artisan 80 yards up the mountain behind the cabin. …Read More...
As late as the early 1800 sewers systems in much of the world consisted of throwing the waste products out the window into the streets and hoping the rains washed them away. Today (at least in this country) we have nice modern sewers systems that keep our streets clean and the waste is treated before it goes back into the environment. This helps to keep us healthy by maintaining good sanitation and hygiene. We almost always have access to good water and waste disposal systems.
Now if you live in the country and have your own septic tank most of this post will probably not apply to you. …Read More...