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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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Wildfires can Cost You, Your Home and Your Life

This is a subject that I have written on before and many of you may have read about it.   Not too far from where I live there are two major wildfires, both have destroyed structures.  Some of these structures have belonged to preppers.

As I watch the wild fires in Idaho and other states, I am sure that the same has happened there.  Now imagine what these fires would be like after TEOTWAWKI without fire suppression.  The fires would be bigger and totally out of control.  If you live in an area that is likely to have wildfires, make your plans now. …

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Canning Pickled Beets

Beets are easy to grow and beetroots are easy to preserve.  Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid are but a few of the many nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can be found in beets.

The easiest way I have found to preserve beetroots is to pickle and can them.  The tops normally are eaten right away. Here is a recipe for pickling beetroots.  This recipe makes 7 pints of canned beets.

  • 10-12 pounds of beets
  • 1 quart cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons pickling salt

Cut the tops and bottoms of the beets and wash them thoroughly. …

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How to Maintain your Kerosene Lamps and Improvise Wicks.


Making the best use of kerosene lamps requires some practice, like everything else there is a learning curve.

When purchasing lamps, get extra chimneys, burners at least 2 or 3 of each and a substantial number of wicks.  I found some old wick material in rolls in a surplus store in Nevada.  About ten yards to a roll.  The wick store http://wickstore.com sells flat cotton rolls, 25 yards long for $9.50 to $14.00 depending on the width.

When using, everyday trim the wicks by rubbing the crust from them with your fingers.  Occasionally you may need to use scissors to trim the wicks. …

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How to Get Rid of Lice.

Today’s post is on lice.  Lice or louse (the plural of lice) is the common name for three types of parasites that effect humans.

A louse’s egg is commonly called a nit.  Lice attach their eggs to your hair with saliva. The saliva/hair bond is very difficult to sever without specialized products.

Head-lice is most frequent on children aged 3–10 and their families.  Currently approximately 3% of schoolchildren in the United States contract head lice.  Females are more frequently infested than males.

Head lice are spread through direct head-to-head contact with an infested person.  Lice feed on blood once or more each day by piercing the skin with their tiny needle-like mouths.  …

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Shortages of Soap Caused Serious Medical/Hygiene Problems

My mother says that during WW2 shortages of soap caused serious hygiene problems in England.  Soap was shortages of soap caused problems in WW2rationed and hard to get.  Lack of hygiene can result in skin and other medical problems.  My mother was an infectious disease nurse at the beginning of the war and later served in the British Air Force.  She recommends that we store extra soap and hygiene supplies as well as learn to make our own soap.

Hand soaps – Bar soap keeps better than the new liquids, which can evaporate, if stored in the heat.  Figure out how much hand soap you use in a given period and double the amount. …

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Cooking Rattlesnakes

In the area in which I live there is a good source of meat that many people refuse to eat, but that I think is delicious.  I am talking about rattlesnake.  Now I know you always hear that it tastes like chicken, don’t believe it. It tastes like rattlesnake.  The closest like I can think of in taste is alligator.

They are easy to clean and cook.  After you kill the snake, be careful of the head.  The head still contains poison that is dangerous.  Dispose of it where children and animals can’t get at it.  Once the head is removed, the next step is to skin it. …

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Fire Starting Requires Practice

Last week my husband challenged me to start a fire with anything I could find in the yard. Well folks, it wasn’t as easy as it sounded or I thought it would be to start a fire.

We all watch these programs on TV were they are out in the woods on a survival program and have to start a fire.  Sitting in your house watching them working and working to start a fire I am thinking to myself how stupid some of them are, because they can’t get a spark or find the materials needed.

Well let me tell you I don’t make fun of them anymore.…

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A Car Safety Feature that Could get You Killed!

One of my cars has a so-called safety feature that concerns me.  As soon as you put it into gear, the lights automatically come on.  Now under normal circumstances this is not bad.  It definitely makes you safer during normal driving.

But what about during an emergency situation in which you want to move the car and avoid detection.  If you need to leave a location or move your car clandestinely at night, you need to be able to turn the lights off.  Imagine throwing it into gear and the lights automatically come on.  Your cover is now blown.

Many of the newer vehicles have this feature. …

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What you need to know to Help You Evaluate New Businesses and Gear

Lately I have been seeing a large amount of questionable information showing up on the web.  Due to the increasing interest in preparedness, many new businesses have entered the field.  As with anything, some are good and some bad.  When I am evaluating a business, there are several things that I always look for.

How long have they been in business?  Time can often be a good indicator, bad business and scams often fail.  For instance Mountain House, they have been there for about 50 years and are still standing strong.

What is there overall reputation?  Be careful on this one and make sure you are not judging by the amount of money they spend on advertizing. …

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