Homestead Seasonal Cleaning Tips, Tricks, and more!

How clean is your home? Let’s answer this question straight away: It’s not as clean as you THINK it is. After the shelves have been dusted, the windows washed, and the floors have been swept, scrubbed, and mopped, there are still overlooked spots where grime is hiding. Do you know where they are? Don’t worry! We’ve prepared our best solutions for helping you get to every corner.
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What Survival Gear is missing from your Medical Readiness Bag?

Do you have an Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) and/or a Blow Out Kit (BOK), a Medical Readiness Bag (MRG) or just your plain old run of the mill first aid kit? Asking any survivalist / prepper / homesteader / camper / hiker / mountain climber, what their most important piece of gear is and you’ll hear a vast number of of answers, but the least common answer will be a first aid kit. To make matters worse, the kits that are commonly used are so poorly equipped or under equipped, they are almost useless.
Rather than a collection of loose items, we suggest per-packaging treatment kits using zip-lock bags. One sandwich sized bag could potentially contain gauze, bandage, butterflies, prep pads, and tape. Everything to treat one moderate sized wound.  You can easily put all the prepackaged bags in one layer of your BOK for quick access. In a single toss to a team member you’re able to pass everything they need to treat most soft tissue injuries.
You are far more likely to find yourself in a situation where you must administer first aid than in a self-defense situation, yet hardly anyone in our community would consider leaving home unarmed—so what logical reason could you have for not carrying a properly equipped med kit? Here is a list of the very basics of items that we suggest carrying in your IFAK.
Nitrile gloves
Nitrile gloves are like an armor-plated version of latex gloves that will aid in keeping additional contaminants out of the wound while protecting you from bio-hazards. You’ll never have a completely sterile environment in a real world emergency situation, but these gloves will help you come a lot closer?
Tweezers & Magnifying Glass
Metal shavings, splinters, cactus spines, moderate sized debris etc. sealed inside a bandaged wound can lead to infections. More humans have been killed by bacteria than bullets. Not to mention how annoying a splinter or burr is. Tweezers can help clean a wound where just washing and wiping won’t. In conjunction with the tweezers is of course the magnifying glass, if you can’t see the item in question that needs to be removed, you don’t know it’s there.
Sewing Kit
This may sound a little redundant but a sewing kit with regular thread, as well as waxed thread can be very beneficial in a med kit. It can be used to stitch wounds. It can be used to repair torn clothing such as cold whether clothing to help prevent hypothermia. The needles can also be used to lance an abscess, or assist in removing a sliver from beneath the skin, or in conjunction with a pair of tweezers to remove a splinter.
Battle Dressing Bandage
You need something more effective, then your kids sponge bob, and hello kitty band-aids in most emergency survival situations. You can get by, as people have done for decades, with gauze pads and a strip of cloth, also known as a Pressure Bandage, or a Battle Dressing Bandage.
Tampons and Sanitary Napkin
Sanitary pads originated post WWI, from the development of field dressings. Their larger cousin the tampon evolved from a fast bullet wound plug, to its current use to assist in blood management during menstruation.  They can absorb a tremendous amount of blood given their small compact size, when used in conjunction with the next item on the list, they can serve to treat a vast number of soft tissue wounds.
Athletic Wrap Tape
Instead of adhesive tape, as it sticks well, but not to hard to remove. Wide, can be ripped narrow if you need to. Purchased in box of multiple rolls, price is better.  Reusable so allows the wound to be checked, and re-covered until the skin starts growing back in. Reduces problems with proud flesh, scar tissue, soft new skin splitting open after bandage removal. Little to no scabbing. May have some oozy drainage that a sanitary pad can easily soak up. So the wound heals from the inside out, just fills what is needed for repair on the leg. I am real happy with this method. You put in a LOT of time with daily wound checks and unwrapping / re-wrapping and washing at first, but once the soft tissue closes, a few extra days of covering the wound with this type of wrapping can limit the potential reopening of the wound.
QuickClot
QuikClot gauze is used by law enforcement, paramedics, and military. This is not standard gauze though; it’s designed for severe wounds that won’t stop bleeding with pressure alone, like deep lacerations or gun shot wounds. You pack this specialized gauze, which contains a clotting agent, into the wound and then apply a pressure bandage. It’s important to inform emergency personnel  that you used QuickClot, because doctors will have to take certain precautions when removing it to properly treat the victim, otherwise, they could cause additional damage.
Non-Stick-Gauze
Gauze pads are handy in a variety of first aid situations—especially when used with a pressure bandage, but after suffering several serious wounds over the years, I’ve developed a special appreciation for the non-stick type because it makes changing the dressing much less painful. Toss about 20 pads into your kit in a Ziplock bag and you should be prepared for most scenarios.
Tourniquet
Tourniquets have gotten a bad rap but the last decade of combat in Afghanistan has taught us that reputation is undeserved. Eventually, every wound will stop bleeding; the only question is whether that happens before or after the victim is dead. Extreme injuries, such as severed arteries, or even limbs often require a tourniquet; without one, the victim can bleed out in a matter of minutes. Having one AND knowing WHEN and HOW to use it may just save someones life.
Nasopharyngeal Airway
An unconscious victim may be unable to breathe because their tongue and throat muscles relax and obstruct their airway. A nasal airway device (which includes lubrication) is inserted to provide a semi-rigid airway, aiding continued breathing. This isn’t a buy and forget type of item though, like the tourniquet its use requires training and practice. But once again, could potentially save someones life.

Notice: This is not a list of any sort in its entirety, this is simply a list of the bare minimal items we would recommend, for a BOK. Remember a BOK is not your average everyday first aid kit. This is more of a trauma kit or a moderate to severe emergency kit.
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Did we miss something?
What would you recommend adding?
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Hardtack: Survival Food for Survival Situations!

Hardtack (or hard tack) is a simple type of cracker or biscuit, made from flour, water, and sometimes salt. Inexpensive and long-lasting, it was and is used for sustenance in the absence of perishable foods, commonly during long sea voyages and military campaigns. The name derives from the British sailor slang for food, “tack.” It is known by other names such as pilot bread, ship’s biscuit, shipbiscuit, sea biscuit, cabin bread, sea bread (as rations for sailors), brewis (possibly a cognate with “brose”), or pejoratively “dog biscuits”, “tooth dullers”, “sheet iron”, “worm castles”, or “molar breakers”.

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DIY Handcrafted Solar Tracking System

The “Modular” design will allow you to construct any size solar tracker, single or dual axis, and adapt it to any type of device. Photovoltaic PV solar panels, Solar Concentrators, Solar Heaters Solar Cookers and even mobile and marine trackers are possible with our modular design. The new circuit designed by Mike Mladejovsky, PhD uses an inexpensive comparator integrated circuit and Darlington pair transistor outputs to drive up to a 1 amp DC motor. While this circuit can drive large motors it is also possible to build mini-trackers with input voltages as low as 3.6volts. The sun sensor is simplified using only six LEDs and the drive units are slew type designs driven by planetary geared drill motors which provide lots of torque and are self locking.

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Ways to store Meat without Refrigeration

Living on a homestead, or in any rural area, or preparing for a potential natural disaster. Being 40 miles from the nearest grocery store tends to prompt one to learn good food storage.  Some homesteaders have our own cattle, and tend to large freezer filled with beef, or are hunters and have that same freezer filled with venison.  Freezing has become the perfect modern way to preserve our precious supply of good ole’ meat.

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Defense Considerations: The Flip-Sides of ‘Op-sec’

https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=JN.cv1SAAozQGj9zNVHha79lw&pid=15.1&P=0Yeah you read that right, many survivalist/preppers love to boast about their ultra super high level of OP-SEC. They even capitalize the term to give it (and themself) even more (self)importance.  Loving to boast about how no-one for X miles around knows of their survival retreat location or even their presence there. They revere the ‘Loose Lips, Sink Ships’  slogan. At the very same time they fail to realize how nearly impossible 100% op-sec in a TEOTWAWKI [SHTF] type of event.

They simultaneously boast of the resilience of their retreat and then turn around and refuse to disclose even the state it is located within.  They glow with pride about how carefully they’ve chosen their retreat location, and its remoteness from main roads and likely off-road flows of people too.  They mutter about ‘OPSEC’ meaningfully, and talk about keeping an ultra-low profile, and won’t even tell you what state it is located in. It truly makes me feel a bit like vomiting, when I see people quoting military terms, that they necessarily don’t know what they really mean.

Even worse is when they misapply them, or using them in the wrong context, or as a ‘magical invocation’ to give them powers of invincibility – as if merely saying the term is all they need to do in order to secure the knowledge of their retreat.

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Basic Dental Health Survival Kit Supplies and Oil Pulling

There are a multitude of reasons why we all need to ensure proper dental health. No matter hhttps://i1.wp.com/www.intelligentdental.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/image0071.jpgow high you think your pain threshold is, or isn’t. The pain you will endure due to a cavity, abscessed tooth, broken tooth, cracked tooth, or any of these that leads to an exposed live nerve encapsulated in your tooth. Truth me, even the biggest baddest guy you know, will be curled up in the corner crying like a little b***h with a skinned knee.

DIY: Detail Your Own Car!!

Detailing your Cloth Seats and Interior Carpeting:

Do you have kids? Pets? Kids with Pets? In my experience any combination of this equation to be very results in stains of one shape, or form. Normally once every 3 months I do a deep cleaning of our cars, pull out the booster seat, and the floor mats and time and again, I am mystified by what I find. Stains, melted foodstuff, spilled juice, and much much more. I called around to some local car detailing shops, as well as those Groupon.com companies that will come out to your and clean your car. Needless to say I am way too frugal (insert: cheap) to pay someone else over $200 to clean my car for me. Continue reading

Red Flags when choosing Reclaimed Wood or Pallets for DIY/Craft Projects

Although the use of pallet wood is becoming extremely hot property lately, it also comes with some controversy. Before diving into the wonderful world of working with pallet wood, please educate yourself on the dangers involved.

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