Some of these unbelievably ordinary things I am going to share with you are going to baffle and surprise you so let’s have a little fun today.
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1. Super Glue | Emergency Wounds Suture
Super Glue is such an amazing thing. You can use it for so many things. It is great for sealing up small open wounds. Ones that need to be sutured but you can’t do it right then. This is great when traveling, especially while hiking and camping. Have a superficial wound that needs stitching? No medical staff, no needle and thread or no sewing training? No problem. While it will not do much for penetrating wounds like gunshots, super glue as an emergency suture can quickly bind and protect minor lacerations that otherwise could become infected.
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2. Charcoal & Cheesecloth | Water Purification
I have known this one for awhile and if you have ever been curious like me then you might have pulled apart a water filter to see what is inside. The main ingredient inside of them is… *drum roll please* …charcoal! Charcoal is amazing for some other uses than cooking: water purification. Drill a hole in the bottom of any type of plastic container, line it with the cheesecloth, place charcoal in it and pour in water – and voila, an instant water purification system! Afterwards, you can let the charcoal dry and cook your dinner with it.
3. Condoms | Water Storage | Water Repellent
Now don’t laugh at me. But condoms can hold up to a gallon of water and that is not something to joke about. If you get lost, if there is an emergency condoms can be helpful. You can stretch them out and catch rain water in them or fill them with water from innumerable sources. One thing I highly suggest is that you use a condom that does not have spermicide on it because that is going to leave a bitter taste to your water. They are also great for putting over things you want to keep water out of, for instance the barrel of a gun.
4. Baking Soda | Reliever of Upset Stomachs | Fire Extinguisher
Baking Soda is something that I always say should be around the house. It has so many amazing uses two of which are ones you want to remember if you are ever going hiking or in case of an emergency situation. Sprinkling Baking Soda over a small fire will extinguish it. This does include grease fires. Never use water to put out grease fires. Suffocate it with something else and baking soda is one of the best choices. It is also something that you can ingest a little bit of to rid yourself of an upset stomach.
5. Vinegar | Antibacterial And Microbial
If you are looking for a natural antibacterial and microbial then vinegar is the way to go. I know since I am accident prone I needed to learn ways to treat burns. I have burnt myself so many times on all sorts of different implements that I needed to come up with a way to treat it. Applying vinegar to the burn will help to heal it and pull some of the heat out just like aloe pulls the heat out of a burn. Vinegar can be used as a cleaning agent as well as something to mask your smell when out in the wild. It is also like Baking Soda and can be mixed with water to relieve an upset stomach.
6. Chewing Gum | Suppress Appetite
Chewing Gum. It is as simple as this. Chewing Gum does not have many calories, but it is an appetite suppressant because it almost tricks your body into thinking you are eating food when you really are just chewing.
7. Petroleum Jelly | Fire Starter | Lip Balm
Petroleum Jelly is something that is great for using in severe weather because it can be used to help prevent chapped lips and chapped skin. Simply rub a little bit on. It can also be used for starting fires. Rub it onto your wood or whatever you are burning and light that area with ease.
8. Dryer Lint | Fire Starter
If you know you are going camping, hiking, or might be in an emergency situation you can stash a small bag of dryer lint in a plastic baggie to start your fire. You will only need a small pinch of dryer lint tucked in with you kindling to get a fire started and roaring.
9. Dryer Sheets | Bug Repellent
Hang a dryer sheet near you outside to repel bugs and mosquito’s from coming near you. You can also rub one against your skin to use as a bug spray. In addition to tucking it into the containers with your food to keep bugs from coming and getting into your food.
10. Honey | Anti-fungal | Antibacterial
Honey might be sticky, but Treat minor cuts and wounds with honey’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Apply a small amount twice daily to a wound or burn to speed healing process.
Do you have any other tips for ordinary things that have not so ordinary uses?