White Vinegar—it’s mainly just a by-product of oxidized wine but many believe it’s got uses that extend beyond cooking in the kitchen.
- got a smell you just can’t get off your hands, try washing them in white vinegar
- ever been sprayed by a skunk? Next time get the stink out with vinegar
- Wiping down your car windows and windshield with a three-to-one vinegar-water mixture can keep them frost-free in the wintertime
- When cooking any vegetables from the cabbage family (like broccoli or cauliflower), adding a little vinegar to the water will perk up the taste and reduce the gassiness they can induce
- Get rid of smoke odor
- Sanitize jars and containers
So it looks like white vinegar could be a great addition to your apocalyptic arsenal.
Toothpaste is not just for cleaning your teeth and maintaining a healthy oral cavity — it could really be of great use when the world comes to an end. Of course, supplies of toothpaste are likely to dwindle as the factories producing it are left to crumble, but stores should have tonnes on the shelf for a least a few months.
So what else can you use toothpaste for?
- relieve irritation from bug bites
- relieve irritation and speed healing of blisters and sores
- sooth a stinging burn
- defog goggles, glasses, and potentially windshields
- scrub out blood stains from clothing and other fabrics
- scrub away sticky smells from our hands and skin
- heal and fade bruises
- relieve irritation of minor skin rashes
- skunk spray deodorizer
Any additional uses you can think of?
Many of us may not even be sure what baking soda is commonly used for, but it’s pretty useful in lots of situations. For instance:
- use it as a deodorant
- use in place of toothpaste
- use it as an antacid for heartburn and upset stomachs
- treats insect bites and itchy skin
- cleans cloth diapers
- cleans batteries – it can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars!
- washes dishes
- extinguishes fires
Anything else you can think of?
I’m a huge fan of liquid bandages and my brand of choice is New Skin. But what other uses does it have that could potentially save your life when the zombies come knocking?
Aside from sealing up small nicks and cuts from potential infection, it’s a great way to seal larger lacerations that you simply don’t have the supplies to deal with on the run. And that could save your life if you need to get away quickly.
So what are some of the other uses?
- Preventing ingrown toenails – the bane of existence!
- paint the liquid bandage around the edge of the nail on your toe where it has a tendency to curl under and into your skin
- using a toothpick, lift your nail along the top and the side to let the liquid bandage get between the nail and your skin
- once it dries it will help to protect the tender skin of your toe and thicken the area, hopefully preventing your nail from piercing the skin.
- Sealing cracks in super dry skin – even your lips if they get sunburned or windburned!
- Can help to prevent rope or shoelaces from unraveling at the ends
- Tightening loose screws
- Getting rid of warts or cold sores by starving them of oxygen by painting over them with liquid bandage
Are there any other uses you can think of? If so, please let me know in the comments!
Good old talcum powder—possibly just baby powder to you—but who knew it had so many other uses??
Now I don’t think it matters much which brand you choose, but when the dead rise, you’re going to want to have this versatile item in your survival gear! So what else can you use it for?
- dry shampoo
- removing sand – just spread it where you have sand and see how easily it slides off with a little swipe of the hand
- remove grease stains – after the end, clothes are going to be hard to come by and no one wants to look like a slob…
- prevent chaffing – IMPORTANT!! Chaffing may make you run slower!!
- freshen shoes – you’re probably only going to have one pair and a little freshness goes a long way…
- repels ants – if it’s not Zombies. it’s ants. You’re welcome.
- cools skin – ahhhh!
- useful as a deodorant substitute – your friends will thank me.
- soothe dry skin – moisturizer may be in short supply so smooth on a little talc and remain baby soft where it counts
So what other uses for talcum powder do you know of? Tell me in the comments!!
Okay this one may seem a little out there to some, but after the end, you`re really going to need to think outside the box. And it`s a good thing to know what items can be used for other purposes. Today, we`ll discuss what you can do with a tea bag after you`ve made a fresh cup…
So what can you re-purpose used tea bags for…
- Soothe a sunburn
- Soothe a cut or scrape
- Use as compost in the garden
- Soothe the tender skin under the eyes – may not seem like something geared toward surviving after the end, but everyone needs to de-stress once in a while
- Wart and blemish treatment – simply place loose leaf or bagged tea over the wart or blemish for 30 minutes a day and voila – it will dry it up!
- Add it to baked goods or other dishes for a different flavour – you`re still going to need to eat so why not make it taste good…
- Can be used as a hair dye – while it`s not going to cover your most persistent grey, it can give your hair a reddish or light brown hue
- Soften skin when applied as a toner
- Relieves poison ivy
- Can be used to help alleviate the smell of stinky feet – just soak those smells away!
- Can help to alleviate toothaches!
- Can be used as a fire starter
If you know of any more uses – let me know!
So as my research delves deeper into alternative uses for many products, I figured I’d make a new heading under ‘How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse’ – cleverly named – Alternative Uses! Last week, we discussed the other uses for nail polish and this week, we’re going to dive into what you can do with duct tape!
So what can you use duct tape for??
- ankle support – if you have weak ankles, wrapping them in duct tape can help give them support
- wart remover – apply tape, let it settle for a while and then rip off; the wart will come off with the tape
- headband – if you weaken the tape by soaking it in water, you can easier wrap it around your head/hair
- waterproof your shoes
- waxing material
If you can think of other uses, leave them in the comments!
Last week I told you all about the alternative uses for Olive Oil and I have to say it was a hit! Just goes to show was a little ingenuity can score you 😉 This week, I decided to do something a little similar and tell you about all of the fantastic uses for…
Keep in mind that most of these alternative uses work better with clear nail polish, but when you can, you should always add a little colour into your life – even after the end!
- plug a small hole
- heal a wart – stroke nail polish over a plantar wart and it will starve it of oxygen
- use as a band-aid – stroke a thin layer over a paper cut, hang nail or other minute scratch; it keeps dirt from getting into the wound and will potentially stop infected blood as well!
- repair frayed laces
- make objects glow in the dark – it’ll be good to know where your weapons are in the dark!
- stop a windshield crack from spreading – while working in the shade, brush the crack from both sides to fill it in well; move the car into the sun to dry and voila!
- adhesive alternative
- waterproofing matches – dip the flammable end into clear nail polish
- temporarily repair cracked eyeglasses – you’ll need to see…
- inhalant from people who have fainted
Any other uses you can think of? Share them with me in the comments!
Okay this one might throw you all for a loop but as I enjoy researching these things, it would seem I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it to you…
When the Zombies attack, you’re going to want to have a supply of Olive Oil. It doesn’t matter if it’s extra virgin or first cold pressed though if you plan on ingesting it as well, it’s better to have a higher quality oil. It will also likely last a little longer in your pack as well, though admittedly some of the alternate uses don’t stop being valuable if your olive oil has turned.
So how can you use olive oil??
- control hair frizz
- cuticle oil – hangnails are a bitch!
- free a stuck zipper – soak a cotton swab in olive oil, swab on stuck zipper teeth and then gently pull down
- lip balm
- stop snoring – a sip before bed could help by lubricating your throat muscles
- cure an earache – soaked cotton swab in the ear can help; also helps to clear out excess ear wax
- treat lice – apply and leave on for 40 minutes, then wash hair twice
- stop a throat tickle
- fix a squeaky door
- personal lubricant – apparently it works very well…
- easy clean up for tools – helps to cut down on built-up blood and dirt
- condition leather
- cure diaper rash
- treat dry skin
Lots of uses and if you can think of more, let me know!