I was looking for easier off the grid handy helpers to survive emergencies, so I found self-reliant tools that help with tasks and everyday needs.
The tools that I have written about have taken me from a homesteader that struggled and stressed about performing tasks during frequent power outages, to someone that no longer worries about emergency preparedness.
That’s why I am recommending these tools for you.
Some are free that I make myself and others are sourced from Amazon.
Disclaimer: I am an Amazon affiliate. So when you click the links and make a purchase, I will receive a commission. Thank you in advance.
Fire Starter Rolls
An inexpensive and safe alternative to liquid fuels, high-performance, light quickly and easily and burn 8-12 minutes. Made of recycled toilet and kitchen rolls and pine needles.
Alcohol Cork Fire Starters
Reusable and unique, soak wine corks in alcohol or kerosene in a jar, place cork under logs and light.
Pine Cone Fire Starter
No more newspaper, kindling or mess, simply place dry pine cones under or between logs, light and enjoy a full fire in about 20 minutes, clean burning and non-toxic.
Olive Oil Lamps
Olive oil is 99% pure renewable fuel so it produces NO smoke or odor and can’t aggravate allergies. It is safe since it can’t catch on fire if tipped over. These simple lamps will burn renewable fuel like olive oil, vegetable oil or liquid fat or grease. Olive oil lamps have been around since the Egyptians and with good reason: They are safe, bright and very simple to use. Depending on the jar size, lamp will burn 4, 9, 12 or over 20 hours per fill.
Floating Wicks For Olive Oil Lamps
Wine Light Torches
Don’t toss those pretty wine bottles away. Turn them into attractive, functional oil lamps to use anywhere in your home. Fill a clean, dry bottle with lamp oil and insert wick and head.
Canning Jar Light
Recycle your canning jars as a kerosene lamp with a burner and chimney holder.
The Book Of Non-Electric Lighting
Author and expert Tim Matson describes in detail how to select, assemble, install and safely use and maintain all types of non-electric light sources, including candlepower; traditional kerosene lamps; the versatile Aladdin lamp; liquid propane (LP) gas lights; kerosene, paraffin and gas pressure lanterns; incandescent mantle safety; and glass-fronted hearths and stoves.
How To Live Without Electricity–And Like It
Living with alternative power doesn’t have to be a hardship. This straightforward beginner’s guide helps you develop alternative sources to provide your home with light, heat, refrigeration, water and communication.
Katadyn Emergency Drinking Water Tablets
Specially formulated to disinfect water when other methods are not possible. Each tablet disinfects one liter (about 1 quart) of water for drinking or cooking. Effective against viruses, bacteria, Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Also removes bad tastes and odors. Simply add a tablet to a quart of water and let sit away from sunlight for four hours. Meets EPA microbiological water purifier test standards. Switzerland
Old Settler Water Purifier
Purifies water in cisterns and wells by pulling dirt to the bottom. Safe and effective compound of chlorine, salt, sodium bicarbonate and lime proven in decades of use by water treatment plants.
Water Tests multitest in-home test for chlorine, copper, nitrates, nitrites, alkalinity, pH, hardness, iron, bacteria, lead and hydrogen sulfide.
Great Tasting Water Everyday
Quenching, refreshing water is always on hand with this ingenious dispenser. Made to keep up with busy households, it removes impurities like heavy metals, pesticides, limescale, even that foul chlorine taste and odor. Outclasses ordinary pitchers with supreme construction.
Berkey Water Filtering Systems
The powerful system can purify both treated and untreated water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, ponds and water supplies in foreign countries. Pour “raw” water in top chamber and dispense sparkling clean water from lower chamber. Gravity does all the work.
The Home Water Supply offers money-saving solutions to common water problems such as bad taste, pump malfunctions, and contaminated wells; plus sections on finding, moving, purifying, storing and conserving water.
Water: The Ultimate Cure–Discover how your drinking habits can cause (or cure!) your headaches, lower back pain, stress, depression, high blood pressure and more.
Galvanized Wash Tub
Use for Monday’s laundry, your Saturday night bath, for watering livestock, as a planter, or fill with ice and keep drinks frost cold.
Save money and time when drying clothes. Remove up to twice as much water as a spin dry. Quickly squeeze out clothing, sheets and blankets, etc.
There is no need to stress over making a huge garden. A 10 X 10 kitchen garden will supply plenty of vegetables and fruit to eat and can. Help your garden grow by attracting bees. This clever, rustic “hotel” attracts beneficial insects to help pollinate plants and act as a natural pest controller. Hang or place near your garden, so bees have a place to nest and hibernate.
I live in a rural area, but not miles from power lines.
But during a power outage my dilemma is no lights, refrigeration, heat, washer/dryer, etc.
In perspective, I have heard from pretty reliable sources that the United States could face another unprecedented hardship and national emergency in September 2020.
If it happens, then you need to be prepared with as many of these tools as you can get to live a simpler life and remain self-reliant.
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