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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Getting Clean

something I never see mentioned here is getting clean in such a situation. There is a certain comfort in taking a bath after a day in the dirt. supposing you are bugged out for some duration you'll need to make soap. You are gonna want to wash those dirty stinky clothes too.. I thought I'd start a thread with laundry in mind, because it's what we've done so far. We are learning things about soapmaking, I mean, not just recipes, but the science behind it. I thought some of you might have knowledge to share, too, so lets stop talking about getting dirty for a while and talk about getting clean.

This recipe does call for items that are purchased, but the economy of the purchase is outstanding. This one is great for anyone looking to cut corners on the budget.. we did it and even my grody clothes come clean. We used half this recipe and made enough washing powders for 144 loads, vs. the 48 loads in a $10 bottle of liquid. We bought enough ingredients to make the whole batch for $12, but only did half to "test the water" so to speak.

12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)

Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.

It's recipe 9 here.
and there's some good FAQ there too.

there are certain things that need to happen and some ingredients that can be found occurring naturally. I'll be exploring natural sources of this stuff in coming months.
We're also gonna be making some lye soap soon. Gonna try different fats and flower oils, like gardenia, camelia, and banana-shrub, as well as working with the wood ashes.. you gotta get dirty to get clean ;)
we have also harvested some chinaberries for making soap. they contain saponin but apparently don't make suds. You can also make a solution from them to spray on garden plants.

so lets get clean. if you have some soapmaking info to share post it up!

I'd like to primarily focus on the science of it and finding natural sources. What makes soap "soapy"? Yucca solution will get dirt off your hands and skin but doesn't make suds... this kind of info will help you more in a long-term survival situation moreso than any single recipe with no knowledge of how it works. maybe the recipe and the money savings will get folks interested tho. Try it.. you'll save money.

I put some in a spray bottle and have been using it as a scent killer. our laundry has that "airy" clean smell. I like it.

If my posts seem wildly out of place at times, stop me please lol.


Washing soda is Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate. Baking Soda is Sodium Bicarbonate. No they are not interchangeable and results will vary if substituting one for the other.
You don’t want to use a bar of soap heavy with perfumes or oils since this may transfer to your clothing (stains). They may also cause a chemical reaction with the other detergent ingredients.
You can use any soap that lists sodium palmate, sodium cocoate, sodium tallowate, etc. Just be sure you are using real soap and not detergent beauty bars with added free oils
...from that site, this is the kind of info we wanna get in here ;)

Audio Podcast: Episode-317- 18 More Overlooked Items or Skills for Preppers

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Today we discuss 18 items that I think should eventually be in the home of every modern survivalist. Some are common items that we talk about often, others are items that are often over looked or not considered “prepper items”. The key is this is NOT a complete list or even a punch list, just a group of items we should all be aware of and think about. Today’s show is a follow up to Episode 306 and we will continue to do new shows as your suggestions create new lists for this topic.

If you have items that are not on the list (other then food or guns because no one leaves those out ever) please chime in with your suggestions in the comments area.

Tune in today as we discuss the following 18 items, with few bonus items you have to tune in to hear about…

  • Baking/Cooking Skills
  • Yeast Cultivation Skills
  • Pruners/Loppers
  • Chain Saw
  • Scythe
  • First Aid Gear and a Blow Out Kit (blow out NOT bug out)
  • Cast Iron Cookware
  • Tarps
  • Nails, Screws and Lumber
  • Wheel Barrow or a Good Garden Cart
  • Manual Air Pump
  • Insect Repellent
  • Baking Soda
  • Medications (tune in to see exactly what was meant by that suggestion)
  • Traps and Trap Making Material
  • Spices and Seasonings
  • Sets of Spark Plugs and Wires for all Motors
  • A Wired Phone and Phone Book

Resources for today’s show…

Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/survivalpcast/~3/nArrbfSjPSU/18-more-overlooked-items-or-skills-for-preppers

Free Download - USMC Winter Survival Course

It’s that time of year and the weather has already started getting colder in many parts of the country, mine included. So take some time before you head out on your hunting trip or that last camping trip for this year and take a refresher course on winter survival.

One of the best available resources for information about cold weather survival is the USMC Winter Survival Course. This is packed with great information that everyone can benefit from and by having a copy you will be better prepared to handle a cold weather emergency. It is a large download. If you are on dial-up services you may need a friend to download the copy for you.

You can get a copy here via a secure download:

USMC Winter Survival Course (4.2MB)

Staying above the water line!


Simple Survival Tips - Pine Needle Soup

Our very existence relies heavily on a foundation that is almost entirely dependent on modern forms of transportation, electricity for power, and synthetic chemicals. Should we ever suffer a major disaster or catastrophe, many people may suffer more from simple malnutrition than anything else.

One of the simplest things to help you avoid one of the basic problems of malnutrition is to have a good source of vitamin C. Most people are aware that many dark, leafy green vegetables contain significant amounts of vitamin C and usually in amounts that are 5 to 6 times that found in lemons or oranges. But where do you find a source that is available year-round, including winter, and can be procured almost anywhere in North America?

The answer can be found in the simple pine tree. Pine trees are in a class known as “evergreens” and can be a significant source 365 days a year. They are generally resistant to the effects of drought and have few natural enemies to affect their growth. They are also very widespread throughout most parts of North America. This gives you a significant source that will be around when you need it!

By making a simple soup (or tea) from pine needles you can have a significant source of vitamin C. A small handful of fresh, green pine needles chopped and steeped in a cup of boiling water will furnish you with most of your daily vitamin C requirements. Pine needle soup is also quite tasty but the flavor will depend upon the variety of pine tree you have available in your area. You should also use the lighter colored, new growth at the end of the needles for best results. It can also be flavored with a dab of honey. It has another great benefit for you as well. Pine needle soup also makes an excellent antiseptic wound wash.

Got pine needles?

Staying above the water line!