Survival Hacks - Off Label Uses Of Common Household Products

Preppers are experts at penny-pinching and finding multiple uses for many of the items in their survival stockpiles. Expanding upon that notion, I decided to do some research and conduct a thorough inventory of the “non-preps” already gathering a bit of dust around the house.

The results of my very unscientific study revealed that some quality preps might be going unnoticed in the closets and cabinets of preppers across the country and around the world. In addition to finding off-label and dual-use items hiding in my pantry, my research also gave me a few dozen more preps to look for once the store shelves empty of all obviously essential items during a post-disaster panic.

 Baking Soda

There are a plethora of survival and homesteading uses for baking soda that you may already be planning to use during a disaster. But there are a few oldies but goodies that were commonly used during the 40s and 50s that may have gone unnoticed.
• Splinter Removal - To remove a splinter, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda and one cup of water and soak the affected area. Let the area soak for about five minutes and repeat for a day or two until the unwanted material works its way out of the skin. This method may be preferable to picking at the splinter with tweezers or a knife and creating a larger open wound, which could easily become infected. Even a small infection can turn deadly during a long-term disaster. Keeping up to date on Tetanus shots is highly advisable — and could save your life.
• Chicken Feathers – To remove feathers easily and to rid the bird of any possible parasites, boil the chicken in a pot of water mixed with 1 teaspoon baking soda.
• Baby Bottles – Keeping baby healthy during a SHTF scenario means that baby bottles and pacifiers must be kept clean and sterile. To rid baby bottles of mother’s milk residue or old formula and germs, pour ½ cup of baking soda into a tub of hot water. Allow the bottles to become fully submerged and let them soak for several minutes before scrubbing.
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