What did you do to prep today??


Bobcat Woman
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Just discussed what needs to happen to existing (really rough) road to where the Holly Hut is going to go. My buddy with the backhoe/loader thinks he can move the big boulder outta the way to ditch that part of the hill... I wanna watch THAT. I know my little bobcat would just roll it's eyes at me to even THINK about trying it.

Widows Son

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I inventoried all the "cleaning gear and detergents, etc. I always hear everyone telling me about how they buy BBB, but never SOAP. How many folks NEVER USE SOAP of any sort in a day? My guess is NO ONE!

How do you wash your dishes, clothes and your body? So my question of the day is, "how many have been prepping the eventuality of needing several types of cleaning "chemicals?" Got any Lysol in those preps? How about laundry detergent or bleach? What do you use to clean your eating gear? I've NEVER heard anyone talk about those things in any "Preparation" discussion so I always feel obligated to bring them up as part of the essential "preparations".

The actual issue will be difficult enough when all that you prepped runs out. What do you do then? Chances are you have been using wood to heat your space and probably had to kill at least one critter to eat (not counting rabbits cause they don't have any fat).

My recommendation is to learn how to make soap.

Wood ashes and animal fat are the "original ingredients" and will do it.

Learn the procedure and you will be way ahead of the game for as long as you need to be. Yes, you can use the glycerine that you extract from vegetable oil when you make bio-diesel or any kind of vegetable fat/oil but whatever you do, learn how to handle "lye" which means you know NOT to pour water into lye...you pour the lye into the water or you will be VERY SORRY. When you mix your lye and water, ALWAYS add the lye to the water. Getting the order wrong can cause the lye to splatter, erupt, or "explode" out of the container. The mnemonic device is that it is alphabetical..."L" comes before "W" so you add lye to water. Here's a link on making soap safely. Making soap safely

Another REALLY important prep for EVERYONE no matter what is "CLEAN, POTABLE WATER." The easiest way to get that is with Sodium Hypochlorite. Now, most of you are aware that NAClO comes in a 5% solution in the store called "Chlorox bleach" but you have to be aware that bleach in a bottle eventually breaks down into NaCl and is worthless.

My recommendation is going to the local swimming pool supplier and get two one-pound bags of Calcium Hypochlorite tablets. The tablets do not degrade and you can use them in proper concentration to do a much more effective job. The proper concentration will give you a solution that will treat 100 gallons of water from about a 2-ounce container of the tablets and water.


Water prepared for disinfection should be stored only in clean, tightly covered, containers, not ... Double amount of chlorine for cloudy or colored water) ... granular calcium hypochlorite (approximately 1/4 ounce) for every two gallons of water.

Disinfect Water with Calcium Hypochlorite
Boiling your water is the easiest way to make it safe. Bleach can also be used to make safe drinking water, but bleach has a shelf life of that is less than 2 years.

Calcium hypochlorite is granular (or powder) product typically used to chlorinate swimming pools. It is also known asPool Shock“. This stuff is NOT benign. Do NOT suppose you are an expert chemist when handling this chemical. However, when you have nothing else, it will work.

We’ll use the dry Calcium hypochlorite to make our own bleach solution, to purify water. Once you add water to the Calcium hypochlorite the clock is ticking on its effective life-span, just like regular bleach. Store the granules dry for long-term storage.

Making the Chlorine Bleach Solution
First, you need to make a bleach solution. This bleach solution is NOT drinkable, You are using it to treat the water we do want to drink. DO NOT DRINK THE ORIGINAL Chlorine (BLEACH) SOLUTION!

Create the Chlorine (Bleach) Solution (used to treat the drinking water…not for drinking directly)

  • To make a stock of chlorine solution (do not drink this!) dissolve 1 heaping teaspoon (about one-quarter of an ounce) of high-test (78%) granular calcium hypochlorite for two gallons (eight liters) of water. This translates to 1 heaping teaspoon for 2 gallons for a stock solution. DO NOT, REPEAT DO NOT DRINK this. You will use THIS to purify your drinking water as noted below:
Disinfecting Water for DRINKING
  • To disinfect water add one part of the chlorine solution to 100 parts water to be treated. This translates to 1 1/4 ounces of Bleach solution (as noted above) in 1 GALLON of water. This must be measured very carefully!!!!
  • Let the mixture sit for at least one-half hour before drinking.
  • To remove any objectionable chlorine odor, aerate the water
If the water is cloudy with suspended particles:

  • First filter the water as best you can (a t-shirt, bandana, shemagh or other fabric will work)
  • Double the amount of bleach you add to the water.
  • Stir it well.
  • Let the mixture stand for a half hour before drinking.
A one lb. bag of this stuff will make around 128 gallons of bleach, which should allow you to treat about 12800 gallons of water (1:100 ratio). 10,000 gallons of drinking water, is roughly enough for a family of four for six or seven years at a gallon per day per person!

Be sure to store pool shock in a cool dark place away from
other powders and liquids
. Keep it also away from your food
and medicine. Finally, be sure to minimize the air around the
chemicals so that upon opening it you don't inhale the vapors
which accumulate. In summary:
  1. Keep away from kids and pets
  2. Store in a cool place.
  3. Keep away from sunlight.
  4. Store in the original containers
  5. Do NOT store anywhere near your food and medicine.
  6. Keep the original container in a well-ventilated area.
  7. Ensure no moisture
  8. Don' t even think of smoking around Pool Shock.
  • NOTE: Use water ONLY to extinguish a calcium
    hypochlorite fire. Do NOT use a fire extinguisher on
    calcium hypochlorite or you will have an even bigger
    problem on your hands
As always verify the products and measurements to be sure this info is safe and correct. I take no responsibility if you can’t measure properly, buy the wrong product or just screw this up. Your life is yours, so do your homework! When done properly you can safely Disinfect Water with Calcium Hypochlorite.

The other advantage of the tablets is that they are portable. You don't need to carry around a gallon jug of bleach, particularly when you realize you only need about 2 ounces of Chlorox for a 50-gallon barrel of water. The Ca2ClO is much more powerful and making the correct concentration in a dropper bottle will be ever so much more effective, particularly when you might find yourself on a "hump" (particularly when you are in a hurry...IYKWIM?)

The other issue regarding hygiene and health when considering preparation for "difficult times" (which includes needing one of the "Three B's") is PERSONAL HYGIENE. How many folks are bothering to stock up on TP? Yes, I know, way down on the priority list. That may be true but then what is your alternative? The answer is a sponge and some water. Yes, you need to know how to use it and that isn't all that tough to learn, but a roll of TP won't last all that long unless you are REALLY careful and have the room in your BOB for it. If you are at home, TP can be stored in any container as long as it is NOT, repeat NOT vulnerable to MOISTURE of any sort and kept dry. Remember the last time you were out in the field and it rained and your TP got soaked and was essentially "unusable" till it dried out? Eeewwww. No thank you very much.

And o by the way, when things are "really inconvenient" don't forget the "MINIMUM" Birdbath procedure, Soap and WATER= "Pecker/Pussy/Pits, Tits, & Ass" (PTA) for you who need a mnemonic) The rest can go for a while (if necessary) but those few items will ALWAYS need daily attention, no matter where you are or what you are doing. I know cold water isn't much fun in those particular areas, but better cold than to get crotch-rot! Keeping clean means staying healthy to fight... and don't forget to clean the contents of your helmet. That's another place that can cause a lot of problems if not kept clean and dry...

One more thing...do NOT repeat DO NOT use soaps/detergents with perfume or identifiable odors. The "gooners" were able to smell us in the jungle from a long way off because my rich uncle gave us soaps with smells that were not of ROTTING FISH...IYKWIM.

Yep, you heard it here from the "Division Surgeon." Always remember our job is to keep you at the rifle. YOUR job is to keep us safe!
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Old Grouch, deplorable & reprehensible.
Been testing a new kind of cleaner/lube EEZOx. Local benchrest shooter introduced me to the stuff. I'll likely buy a quart, or possibly two, based on performance. Site is https://www.eezox.com/ and the stuff lives up to its billing so far.

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