As some of you may have noticed, I’m no longer curating two articles every week like I used to (in case you don’t know, “curating” is when I make a post about an article on another site). Instead, I’ll just be doing this once a week on Sundays. Sometimes I’ll comment on an article I really enjoyed, and sometimes I’ll gather several similar articles together into one post for your convenience. This post is the latter kind.
I want to call attention to some of the excellent tutorials over on Survivopedia. They have a bunch of experts explaining how to make things that most people would never imagine you can make at home. Knowing how to make this stuff could save you some money or, better yet, provide you with barter items that might be hard to come by after TEOTWAWKI.
Here are 10 of their best tutorials:
1. Activated Charcoal – This is useful for a number of things including water filtration, emergency toxin removal, and even whitening your teeth.
2. Chloroform – Most people know it as something used to knock people out in order to kidnap them, but medically-trained people can use it to put someone under for emergency surgery.
3. Gel Fuel – I think it’s pretty obvious why this is good to have on hand. Being able to cook is a top priority for everyone.
4. Glue – This is very important to have so you can fix things that are hard to replace in a grid down scenario.
5. Ink – Another great thing to have if you’re living off the grid, far away from any stores. Especially if you keep a journal like I do.
6. Lye – Why let the ashes from your fires go to waste when you can use them to make lye? It’s an essential ingredient in soap.
7. Paint – If you ever want to paint your house or barn, you’re going to spend hundreds of dollars on paint. Unless, of course, you make your own.
8. Pepper Spray – Great item to have when you’re out and about in an urban environment, especially in a disaster scenario.
9. Rubber – Since rubber comes from plants, it stands to reason that if you grow the right plants, you can harvest enough latex to make your own rubber.
10. Toothpaste – In a long-term crisis, dentists might be hard to come by or unaffordable, which means keeping your teeth clean will be even more important.