Everyday Materials for Your Bunker

August 4, 2015 by | Be the first to comment »

You are all set with the basics to make your bunker a safe and well-supplied shelter to support you in any emergency situation. However, there are some overlooked everyday home products that can easily be transported into your bunker to provide you with extra assistance and make your shelter more comfortable. Here’s how to use everyday materials for your bunker:

Baking Soda

Baking soda is the ultimate survival product because it has many multifaceted uses. Use baking soda as a toothpaste substitute or mix it with water and comb it through your hair. It is effective as a deodorant and cleaner because its sodium bicarbonate compound is amphoteric, meaning  it contains ions that react equally as an acid or as a base. It is so effective that a 2 percent solution can wash uranium out of clothes, which soap and laundry detergent can’t do, according to a study composed during the Manhattan Project. So,  if you’re at risk of uranium dust exposure, wash out your clothing with a solution of 6 ounces of baking soda in 2 gallons of water.

Baking soda can treat acid indigestion and heartburn as well as allergic reactions or irritations on the skin. Baking soda also is an effective fire extinguisher, especially for grease fires. In case your bunker is overrun with pests, baking soda can kill cockroaches, too.

Pool Noodle

This household product can be used to craft your sewage system in your bunker. If you have to use a bucket system, the noodle can be used as a toilet seat. Cut the noodle so it surrounds the rim of the toilet, leaving a 6-inch opening. Cut a slit in the noodle so it can rest securely on the bucket — the buoyancy of the spongy fabric makes it so you do not require any glue.

InTheSwim also suggests using pool noodles as a sink attachment, raft and seating area. And, of course, noodles can be a great source of entertainment when you’re forced to stay in your house.

Newspaper

Newspaper is an absorbent product, which makes it a great product for a bunker that is apt to become damp. Use newspaper to deodorize your food containers by placing a ball of paper in a lunch box, plastic container or thermos to sit overnight. The paper absorbs moisture and the odors that come with it, making it less likely that your containers will mold. Line your bedding with newspaper to maintain the freshness of your sheets, limiting the amount of necessary washing.

Panty Hose

Panty hose have excellent stretch, which makes them ideal for creating slings or ties. In case of injury, the panty hose legs can be tied around your neck and support a broken arm or collarbone. Panty hose also can be used for cleaning— their nylon fiber serves as a spongy exfoliant, which is effective for the upkeep of home products and for personal care. They also can be used as a filter to separate debris from your drinking water.

Dental Floss

Dental floss is an everyday product that has many multipurpose capabilities. Waxed floss is a nylon waxed monofilament floss coated in polytetrafluoroethylene, which can withstand a lot of weight and tension without fraying. Waxed floss can be used as sewing thread, replacement shoelaces, a clothesline, string, food-cutter and sealant tape. Floss is a wonderful substitute for regular sewing thread because it is more durable, so it can strongly reinforce any fabric or pieces of cloth that are susceptible to tears. To use floss as a clothesline, tie and suspend the string between two stationary objects that can support weight— amazingly, the floss is strong enough to even hold wet clothes.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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