Vinegar is excellent for making tasty salad dressings and sauces for everything from pasta to pork roast. But vinegar’s usefulness goes way beyond that. You can use vinegar to keep your home clean and sanitary. In any sort of a breakdown, hygiene and a clean home become more important than ever – it’s the first line of defense against disease, which often follows in the wake of a disaster or social breakdown.
You can use vinegar to clean sink drains, to clear away mildew, and to deodorize just about anything. You can make sure produce is safe to eat by washing it in a mix of vinegar and water. Adding four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a gallon of water makes a sanitizing wash that’s good for fruits and vegetables – it will remove pesticides and nasty germs.
You can also use vinegar to treat mild ailments. Dabbing a cotton ball soaked in vinegar on minor burns or insect bites relieves pain and itching. Mix equal parts vinegar and honey and take a tablespoon every four hours to relieve a sore throat and cough. Vinegar is cheap and lasts a long time in storage. Stock up!
Honey’s good for adding to tea or for sweetening a bowl of oatmeal, but you can do a lot more with it than that. This sweet, golden substance can be a real lifesaver when it comes to health issues. During any sort of social breakdown that makes it more difficult to get medical care, infection becomes an important concern. Honey can help. It works as a natural antiseptic. You can apply honey to cuts and abrasions to prevent infection.
You can also use honey to treat the symptoms of many mild illnesses. For example, mix honey with lemon juice to help soothe a sore throat. It’s an unpleasant topic, but during times of unrest, you’re also more at risk of picking up parasites. Drinking honey mixed with vinegar and water can clear most parasites out of your system.
Bleach will keep your whites white, but it’s also an essential item for any smart prepper. Bleach is excellent for sterilizing surfaces, which can keep your food safe to eat. But more than that, you can use bleach to make water safe to drink. Add 1/8 of a teaspoon of chlorine bleach to a gallon of clear water (1/4 teaspoon if the water is cloudy), and allow it to stand for at least 30 minutes. Then it will be safe to drink, cook with, or clean with. Like vinegar, it’s cheap and easy to store. It could also be a great barter item in a crisis, provided you put away extra.