15 Cinder Block Ideas For The Prepper Homestead

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Cinder block is an excellent building material. They are strong, weather resistant, fire proof and relatively inexpensive. All of these characteristics make them an appealing item for the prepper and homesteader. There are however a few things to keep in mind when working with cinder blocks. Weight Foundation and Footer Considerations First of all they. . . Read More

DIY Miracle Healing Salve: Wild Plant Edition

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A number of years back, I found Gaye’s recipe for an essential-oil based DIY Miracle Healing Salve that she found effective on everything from cuts and rashes to sore muscles and eczema. I made the recipe, and have been using it ever since as my go-to first aid salve, replacing Neosporin, Cortisone, aloe vera gel,. . . Read More

How To Can Meat Products

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How to Can Meat Products

When you go to the grocery store or look for canned meats online the price may shock you. If you want really high quality meats then there is even more of a premium. Canning your own meat is much more economical and not as hard as you might think. What You Need Pressure Canner This. . . Read More

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20 Strategies and Tips for Creating a Rainwater Catchment System

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20 Strategies and Tips for Creating a Rainwater Catchment System | Backdoor Survival

Living in the desert has taught me not to take water for granted. Unlike the Pacific Northwest, I am not footsteps away from streams, ponds, or a vast sea just waiting for me to collect and purify for personal use.

In a continuing effort to educate our readers on the finer aspects of self-sufficiency, I have invited Dan Chiras to share his best strategies and tips for creating a rain catchment system that works. Learn what you need to know about building a rainwater catchment system.

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How to Make Cold Pressed Aloe Vera Soap

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How to Make Cold Pressed Vegan Aloe Vera Soap | Backdoor Survival

Late last year I put out a call for topics that would enhance your ability to become self-sufficient. One of the topics that was suggested over and over again was step by step instructions for making soap from common ingredients that could be stored as part of our long-term preps.

As part of the Backdoor Survival “doing it my way” initiative, I put a call out to colleagues who had not only made soap themselves but were will to share their experience so we could learn ourselves. In this article, experienced prepper and soap-maker, Carmela Tyrell teaches us how to make cold pressed soap safely and easily using common ingredients plus gel from the Aloe Vera plant.

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How to Make DIY Hand Sanitizer With Essential Oils

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How to Make DIY Hand Sanitizer With Essential Oils | Backdoor Survival

Hand sanitizers have their place in our lives, especially in the sick room where alcohol-based sanitizers rule. On the other hand, many hand sanitizers currently on the market deliver a chemical brew that results in a sticky, nasty mess along with ingredients such as triclosan and other anti-bacterial ingredients that are now suspected to contribute to the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Given that plant-based essential oils are some of the strongest antibacterial and anti-microbial substances around, I have chosen to make my own day-to-day hand sanitizer. I use this hand sanitizer to supplement good old fashioned hand washing with plenty of soap and water. This recipe uses 100% organic, cold-pressed Aloe vera gel, organic coconut oil, and a mix and match blend of essential oils.

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