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Emergency uses for Rubbing Alcohol



There are few things that, when they are readily accessible in your home make life easier and safer. It is a smart housekeeping move to have these in a place earmarked for them so that when you need them in an emergency, you don’t have to search very hard to locate them. Rubbing alcohol is one such thing that you must always have at home ready at hand. Why?? Well, rubbing alcohol is quite a versatile liquid if you think about it and it has multiple uses, especially in many emergency situations. It is quite inexpensive as well and very easy to store safely, which gives you enough reasons to get some today and store it away for the future. How exactly can rubbing alcohol be used in myriad ways?

Disinfecting items you use commonly: The very first and perhaps most critical use for rubbing alcohol in the current pandemic scenario  arises from its disinfecting properties.  Especially in a pandemic situation where we have to put safety first and disinfect items that we handle frequently, using rubbing alcohol is an easy and safe solution. You can carry a rubbing alcohol spray bottle with you or keep one at your home by the doorway so that you can spray items like your keys as soon as you walk in  from outside. 

Rubbing alcohol can also be used to clean other surfaces like your phone or your wallet- anything that can be wiped down with the solution in such a way that the alcohol stays on for 30 seconds on it. This is the window of time that is needed to get rid of all viruses, bacteria upon the surface. While it may not work very well to wipe down large surfaces with alcohol, this is just ideal especially in spray form for things like your keys, a thermometer, scissors, knives, etc. that may be difficult to cover by wiping down. By the way, you can also clean the cloth you use for sterilizing by soaking it in alcohol for a while and then drying it. This way you know you are truly getting a thorough cleaning and sterilizing done.

cleaning hands with rubbing alcohol

A substitute for soap and water: Another great use for rubbing alcohol in these times is as an effective cleaning/ sanitizing agent for your hands. Cleaning your hands with soap and water and rubbing the soapy suds briskly is the ideal but what can you do when you are away from home, say, doing some emergency shopping for medicines and you have touched several surfaces that may be unsanitary? You can’t go looking around for soap and water nor do you want to wait until you get home. In such a situation, a handy bottle of rubbing alcohol can be your lifesaver. Just take as much alcohol as you need to cover your hands, both front and back, thoroughly. Ensure that when you spread it, the alcohol covers every inch of your skins and nails. Don’t rub too much because you want the liquid to coat your skin fully. Let it evaporate on its own. Now, that’s a thorough cleaning that you have done that effectively destroys potentially harmful bacteria and viruses! 

sterilizing first aid with rubbing alcohol

For sterile and safe first aid equipment: Your first aid kit is the first thing you reach for when you have to quickly treat a cut or scrape.  But  it is imperative that you ensure all the equipment you use is really clean and sanitized. Rubbing alcohol helps you do this. Wipe down what you need to use, say tweezers or scissors, with the alcohol thoroughly before using them on the wound site. That way you ensure that no bacteria can pass from the equipment to the treatment site. You can also use alcohol to clean out items in your make up kit, like tweezers, so that you can avoid skin infections when you use them repeatedly.

rubbing alcohol ice packs

Rubbing alcohol makes great DIY Ice packs: If you have a sprain or you have knocked your head against a bookshelf at home and you need a quick ice pack, rubbing alcohol can come to your aid here as well. Add one part of rubbing alcohol to three parts water in a plastic pack or container that can be sealed tightly and then freeze it. This can be used as an ice pack once frozen. The alcohol forms a gel like substance that is ideal for this use. This also gives you an advantage of making the ice pack in a shape that you desire, which is a great help if you need to wrap the pack around your ankle or wrist to cover the sprain site fully. If you are an active person, then keeping a rubbing alcohol ice pack at the ready at all times is a great idea.

remove water in ears with rubbing alcohol

Remedy for water in the ears: An unusual use of rubbing alcohol is that it can give you immediate relief if you have water in your ears. This is quite a common problem if you are an avid swimmer and even in other situations this can happen to you. As first aid, you can simply use your rubbing alcohol for relief. Take half a teaspoon of the alcohol and add it to half a teaspoon of white vinegar, use a dropper to gently introduce a few drops into the ear that is ‘stuffed’ with water with your head to the side to allow the solution to go in. Let the mixture drain out of the ear slowly. This is a quick remedy that you can use if you cannot get to a doctor soon.

treat bug bites with rubbing alcohol

Soothe insect bites: This is another very useful way in which rubbing alcohol can be utilized especially if you are on a camping trip or somewhere outdoors. This liquid makes a very effective soothing solution for insect bites, especially mosquito bites. Just dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol, and then gently dab the bite area with it. The itching disappears and the skin is cleansed too so the bite cannot develop into an infection if you accidentally scratch it later.

Rubbing alcohol can also be used with pets to remove stubborn ticks. Just dab the alcohol over the area where the tick is latching on, then use tweezers to pull the tick away. Once you have removed it, now dab some more alcohol with a fresh cotton swab to disinfect the area and promote faster healing of the sore.

rubbing alcohol to treat sore muscles

Easy to use muscle pain remedy: A bottle of rubbing alcohol at hand can do double duty as pain relief medication as well. Sore muscles can be painful and they can prevent you from doing your regular activities. Rubbing alcohol dabbed into the painful areas can give you quick relief because it works like a liniment and makes the blood rush to the specific part. If you have a sore shoulder or achy knees and you want a speedy remedy, this could just be what you need.

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What NOT to do

There are a few points to keep in mind when you are using rubbing alcohol in order to do so safely. Alcohol is highly inflammable so using it near open flame is a big NO! If you are disinfecting surfaces with alcohol, make sure you have shut off the stove, any candles or any other things that may be lighted up.

Bleach and rubbing alcohol do not go well with each other. Do not use bother in conjunction and do not use the two products on the same surface either. If you have cleaned something with bleach avoid bringing rubbing alcohol near it.

When you are using alcohol, make sure you have the room well ventilated. Keep doors and windows open wide so that any fumes can escape outside quickly and not get into your respiratory tract. After using the alcohol, leave the area well ventilated too. If it is an office space avoid doing the cleaning with the cooling on and all windows closed. Air out the place during the cleaning and afterwards for a few hours thoroughly. If necessary, use a face mask while using your rubbing alcohol on surfaces for extensive cleaning.

There are two kinds of rubbing alcohol you may find in stores- the 90% and 70% variants. The name indicates the percentage of isopropyl alcohol that the mixture contains. 90% alcohol is usually the more expensive kind. The 70% variant is better if you are using it on skin.

Interestingly, it is the 70% solution that is more effective when it comes to disinfecting or sanitizing. That is because the 30% water content ensures that it stays on the surface you are trying to clean for long enough for it to kill the germs and bacteria and virus effectively. The 90% solution evaporates too quickly for it to take effect. So, get your rubbing alcohol right away and you can have a safe solution to fall back upon to sanitize your living spaces and in event you encounter any of the other situations listed.

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How to Survive an Earthquake



The definition of an earthquake is a sudden, unexpected, fast shaking of the earth’s surface, which is primarily caused by the shifting of the tectonic plates below the surface of the earth. Earthquakes can happen anytime, anyplace, and they occur without warning. It is just a sudden shaking, and then it’s all over. 

When you think about an earthquake, you immediately think of destruction. But you can also think about preventive measures that you can take to make sure you and your house survive an earthquake. 

What to Do Before an Earthquake

If you live in an earthquake zone and frequently experience them, this advice will already be familiar to you, and you will agree with it wholeheartedly. First, prepare an emergency survival kit that has all the necessary equipment in it: a first aid kit, medicine, about three to four days of canned food and water, and perhaps a radio. Then, talk with your family members and discuss creating an emergency earthquake contingency plan detailing how you will communicate with each other if you get separated, what to do in these circumstances, and decide on a safe meeting place after the situation calms down.

Conducting earthquake safety drills should also be an essential part of your plan. Performing such exercises can prepare your family for the real thing. Discuss different case scenarios and what to do in each. Drills can help a lot and prevent confusion if an actual earthquake occurs.  

What to Do During an Earthquake

Drop, cover, and hold on.

Before the earthquake hits, there are a few minutes or seconds during which you must do everything it takes to ensure your survival. Remember the rule of drop, cover, and hold on. 

Drop to the ground, be it that you are outside your house, in a car, or inside. The primary and most essential thing is that you should drop when you feel and see everything in your home shaking.

Next, cover. When inside the house, quickly get under your table or desk. If that is not a possibility, grab a pillow, a cushion, or any other soft object to shield your head and body. Then go crouch in the corner of your house where the likelihood of things falling on you is low. If you are outside your home and in an open space, get away as fast as you can from buildings that are threatening to collapse. Stay in an area with no trees, buildings, or power and grid lines to avoid getting trapped under them. 

After doing all the above steps, be patient and hold on. Stay inside, under the table, or wherever you are taking cover, and hold on until the shaking completely stops. When you are sure it has stopped, only then, try and move from your spot and assess the damage. 

What to Do After an Earthquake

What happens after an earthquake, and how should you deal with it? 

Remember that many injuries occur after the earthquake when people go out of their homes to look for others. While doing so, they may inadvertently injure themselves or others. Another thing is that there may be aftershocks following the actual earthquake, which will cause damage as well if you are not careful and do not remain alert. 

To ensure your and others’ survival, follow these tips and techniques. First, check yourself and other people for injuries. If there are any injuries, and you feel capable of handling them, administer first aid and then call an ambulance for those who are critically injured. 

Check your home or building for any structural damage, like cracks or fissures in your roof or the structure. If you see any damage, report it immediately. Check for any type of leakage in the gas line or the waterline. Check for damage in the electrical wiring. If you smell even a hint of gas, turn the main connection off, open all the doors and windows, leave immediately, and report it to the appropriate authorities. 

If there is no power, prevent further possible damage by unplugging or switching off all the appliances. So, when the power comes back on, you can see if there has been any damage to the switchboard, like frayed wires, or you see sparks or smell something burning, and take necessary action like turning the electricity off at the main fuse box and calling in an electrician. 

Stay away from debris and don’t even think of going near a fallen building and areas that have suffered much damage. Do not enter the damaged buildings and other areas either.  Also, stay far away from bodies of water in case a tsunami also occurs. 

If you are trapped beneath the debris and rubble, do not panic, no matter how much you want to. Try and save your energy and only call for help when and if you know there are rescuers nearby who can hear you. Do not move too much as it will only disturb the dust and rubble and everything near you, and you will end up inhaling it and choking on it. One last thing to do if you are in this situation is to ration out your food and water and make it last as long as possible because it will be difficult to say when you will be rescued. 

The possibility of you experiencing an earthquake depends on where you live. If you live in an earthquake zone, you will experience regular earthquakes, even if they are of the lowest density. And if you live in a zone where no earthquakes occur, well it is still better to be fully prepared instead of thinking about winging it and having a don’t care attitude which will not help in your survival struggle at all. So, in conclusion, take the above steps at heart, practice, and stay alert.  

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How and What to Save During a Food Crisis



Disasters, natural or human-made, have a history of leaving behind numerous problems that people find hard to cope with. One of those problems commonly is a food crisis.

There is a perpetual shortage of food to at least one strata of society, no matter what is going on in the world at that particular moment. Looking at the recent upheavals in food production, the shortage of labor, and farms that are failing and going through famines and problems of their own, the idea of food shortage or crisis starts to loom in your mind. 

So, the next question is, how would you know how and what to save while giving priority to the quality and quantity of food that you want to stock up? What you can do is make an inventory of what you already have in your house, then make a food storage plan that includes short and long-term food requirements.

Water Needs

One valuable resource you need to keep in mind is water. Note how much water you currently have and make space for more. Pre-packaged water bottles, empty containers, and even water filters can help in emergencies or critical situations. 

Water filters are needed because, often, the water may be untreated and contain all kinds of germs and bacteria, which can be super harmful to your health. Running the water through a water filter and then filling the water containers is the best way to eliminate harmful content.

Grow Your Food

Try growing a small garden in your yard space. If not, get some gardening pots and grow a garden inside your apartment. In there, you can plant essential fruits and vegetables that’ll save you in the long run. 

Doing this reduces your dependability on grocery stores or supermarkets and gives you an adequate supply of organic and homegrown fruits and vegetables for pennies. Also, you get the chance to pluck the produce yourself and try your hand at preserving them. 

Food Storage 

It would be best if you gave priority to stock up your food storage from day one. For that, you should decide among your family members their preferences for meals and food. After that, make a list of what you need to buy.

The best type of food to have on your list is canned food since it has a much longer shelf life than fresh food and is available in quantity at a moment’s notice. Be sure to buy nutritious items high in calories and carbs; prioritize nutrition over your tastebuds.

You should fill your pantry with baking items such as flour, wheat, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking sugar, spices, etc. 

Next on the priority list are food items such as cereals, ready-to-eat mixes, canned meats, soups, beans, fruits, and vegetables. These are good to buy because canned items last much longer than everyday food items. 

You can also include sweet food like candy bars and granola bars because, while they can act as a dessert, they also have many carbs in them and can provide you with a lot of energy.

Preservation of Food

Preservation of food is a skill you should not go without as it would pose the most beneficial skill during a food crisis. Well, that’s only if you possessed the skill before the crisis struck. By preserving your food, it goes without saying that you can prolong the life of many seasonal food items and enjoy them later. 

Go to supermarkets or stalls and buy large quantities of meats, fruits, vegetables, or anything you’d like with you during a food crisis. Go home, wash every food item you purchased, dry them carefully, cut them into small manageable pieces, pack them in zip lock bags or freezer-safe bags, and put them in the freezer. Learn how to freeze, dehydrate, and can food. It is effortless and can genuinely come in handy, food crisis or not.

Learn to Cook With Leftover Ingredients

There will often be leftover food at the end of the day that you cannot eat, even if you are on the verge of a food crisis. However, there is a wealth of possibilities in leftover food, from using it as the next day’s breakfast or lunch to serving it as a base for your next meal; for example, you can use the leftover vegetables and gravy to make a pasta dish the following day. It is easy and requires only a smidge of your creativity!

Store Leftover Food

As stated above, leftover food is essential, and if you do not want to eat it the next day, you can always store it. Freezing is an excellent way of minimizing unnecessary waste. 

Miscellaneous Items 

While food will remain the top priority in a food crisis, you should also focus on other emergency items that you may need. Things such as first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, waterproof matches, tape, blankets, a source of heating, and there are many more as you can imagine.

These items are as important as food because they will help you survive; it is always better to be prepared well in advance rather than run around in panic scrambling for items. 

Surviving a food crisis should not be that difficult, provided that you have planned or acted quickly ahead of struggle. Start small, buy one or two extra cans every week when out grocery shopping, and soon enough, you will have a growing amount of resources that will help tide you over the food crisis.

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The Storm Has Arrived! Shop the Storm Protection Agency!



The Storm Has Arrived! Shop the Storm Protection Agency!

The truth is a storm of one kind or another is always on the way. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are. You have to be prepared in order to survive. You’ll need your wits. You’ll need a plan. You need gear. Fortunately, we at Freedom Prepper have you covered!

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Water Filter Straw Water Purifier with 16oz Water Bag

Our water straw filter removes 99.9999% of harmful substance.This water filter can remove the smallest solid particles found in the environment (down to 0.01 micron) and other harmful substances.

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2 Pack Solar Charger

It features dual USB and powerful LED Flashlight. Making it easy to charge two smartphones simultaneously or a tablet at full speed. Two led lights can be used as a flashlight with Steady-SOS-Strobe mode. Five pilot indicators show the status of battery charger timely. Green light on when charging by solar, blue light on when USB charging.

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