10 Awesome Uses for Tin Foil

Tinfoil has many uses. While most people use it for cooking and storing leftovers, there are a number of other uses that make this household product worth adding to your emergency preparedness plans. Here are our top 10 favorite uses. 1. Sharpen Scissors Yes, you read that right. To do it you will first need to smooth the foil out followed by fold the sheets into strips making several layers. Next grab your scissors and start cutting. Eight or nine passes of the foil sheet should do the trick! 2. Clean jewelry and silverware Line a bowl with aluminum foil and fill it up with hot water. Next add 1 tablespoon of bleach-free powdered (not liquid) laundry detergent. Then simply place the jewelry or silverware in the solution for one  …

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WD-40 Survival Guide

You might not have ever thought that WD-40 could be used for more than loosening up rusty parts or greasing up your bike chain. In fact WD-40 can be used for many purposes that might just lead to your survival. Here are 13 ways that you can re-purpose WD-40 to help you in any situation! Feel free to add your own ideas and experiences at the end of this article. Help spread the word to others by sharing this on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ pages. Prevent Snow Build-Up on Windows Does the weather forecast predict a big winter snowstorm? You can’t stop the snow from falling, but you can prevent it from building up on your house’s windows. Just spray WD-40 over the outside of your windows before  …

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Lemon Uses That’ll Surprise You

Lemons are one of those great tools that can help you save money and become more self-sufficient. Knowing its multiple uses can help you become more self-reliant when you are cooking, cleaning, using first-aid or homesteading. Check out these amazing uses of lemons below and add your own at the bottom! Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes This might burn a little bit but you can stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scrapes. Pour a few lemon drops directly on the cut. You can also place a few drops of juice onto a cotton swab and hold it firmly on the scrape for 1 minute. Keep Ants Out of the Kitchen Don’t waste money on all those fancy insecticides and ant traps, just give lemons a try! Squirt some lemon juice  …

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A Bullet-Proof Couch Could Save Your Life

A new invention called the Couchbunker is making a name for itself as a way to conceal a gun safe in an open, accessible area. The Couchbunker was invented by John Adrian, CEO of Heracles Research Corporation. He also has gun safes that are built into beds called Bedbunkers. “Hopefully you never need the panels,” Adrain explained to WFAA News in Texas, adding, “but we never know the situation we’re going to be in. If there’s a home invasion, you can take one of the cushions, and hand it to one of your children or your spouse to protect them. We make them with arm straps, so you can hold the cushion with one hand and fire with the other hand.” The cushions act as bullet-proof shields that can be  …

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30 Hacks to Help You Through Life

We all have little problems that we’d rather do without: Accidentally hammering your finger, lighting a candle when you don’t have any matches, forgetting whether you locked the door while you’re on vacation, losing a piece of jewelry around the house, hiding your keys and phone while you’re at the beach, carrying all the grocery bags inside while they slowly cut off the circulation to all of your fingertips – all things we’d rather do without! These are every day problems that just need a quick and easy solution! Here are 30 simple solutions to these everyday problems. These solutions will save you little bits of time and effort every day! Just check out the ideas below! So what ideas do you have? Do you have a simple hack that  …

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8 Amazing Uses for Butter

Not only is butter found in your favorite meals, dishes and desserts; it’s also a great multi-use tool for food preservation, cleaning, medical needs and more. Check out these eight ideas on how you can use butter to help save time and money. These ideas will help you become more self-reliant and prepared. Keep Mold Off Cheese Is your cheese growing moldy too quickly? Rub it in butter! Lay a thin coat of butter on semi-hard cheese before you re-wrap it and it will help extend the shelf life of the cheese. Foot Ache After a long day of walking, soothing your feet is a must! Massage your feet with butter, wrap them in a damp, hot cloth and let them sit for 10 minutes. Your feet might smell a  …

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10 Foods You Should Never Can at Home

Using a home canner is a great way to preserve foods in mason jars. Using a home canner can help you save money and become more self-reliant. However, not everything can be canned! Home canners are great for canning certain vegetables and fruits but are unable to reach the heat required to properly can foods that are too oily, have high fat content, or are too viscous. Commercial canneries also use additives, preservatives and processing equipment that you can’t replicate at home. – Check out this high-end, inexpensive canning equipment -  Check out this list of 10 items that you shouldn’t can at home: Milk Milk, or items containing milk, aren’t recommended for home-canning. Milk has a low-acid level and supports an environment which fosters botulism growth at room temperature.  …

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Use a Coconut Tree to Survive

In the fall of 1964 a group of tourists were shipwrecked on an island in the south Pacific. When they realized that no rescue was coming, they worked toward surviving on this small remote island. What was supposed to a short 3-hour tour turned into a dire survival situation! One passenger on the ship, who had been a professor, was able to use coconuts and bamboo to create many tools and resources to help the group survive. In fact, he even used coconuts to create a radio and a car! OK, while making a radio or car out of coconuts might only happen on Gilligan’s Island, you can still use the helpful resources that the coconut tree provides to survive if you’re in a real emergency situation. Coconut trees are  …

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Magical Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide can be a great tool in your emergency pack. It has hundreds of uses that can help you clean and disinfect in any situation. Hydrogen peroxide has the chemical property H2O2 It is a strong oxidizer and is often used as a bleach or cleaning agent. You can also use it to whiten clothes, fight infections, make your own toothpaste, etc. Check out these ideas below on how you can use hydrogen peroxide for multiple purposes around your home. Purchasing Hydrogen Peroxide When you’re purchasing hydrogen peroxide, you have a few different options. Hydrogen peroxide comes in a few different grades, the most common being 3.5% Pharmaceutical grade. This is sold in your local drug stores and supermarket and should not be ingested. 6% grade is used in  …

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Different Uses for an Emergency Blanket

The idea for the Mylar blanket originated with NASA. In 1964 the organization was looking for a material that would insulate, be lightweight and very efficient. They invented the Mylar blanket (aka space blanket) and it has since been used on virtually every space mission. The shiny blanket lined the bottom of the Apollo lunar lander vehicles and, as a tribute to its usefulness, is still used today in satellites, space stations and telescopes. While the idea had many uses for space travel, the blanket has since found many uses for preparedness and emergencies. The blanket can be used during power outages, auto breakdowns, to collect water, create shelter and more. Check out these ideas below and be sure to add your own in the comment section. – Do you  …

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