Thursday, April 3, 2014

Water the essence of life

How do you obtain water? Are you on a public utility or well? Does it require electricity or is it gravity fed? Where is it sourced from? 

Water is such an important aspect of our lives. We often take for granted that if we turn a faucet ,we have water. What happens though if something affects our supply? Do you keep bottled water on hand? If so how much? The average adult needs 64-96 ounces of water per day to maintain adequate hydration. The average disaster response time is 72 hours. Water can be easily stored in bottles. Keeping a few cases on hand in a closet may just be the difference between a "happy you and a very sick or dead you."  In the event of a major storm or other disaster do you know where to obtain water if you run out of a supply  and that faucet doesn't work? Do you know how to purify water with limited resources? Here is a nice article explaining what you can do.

Some areas we may not think of looking for water is the back of a toilet.  Most toilets hold 2-8 gallons of water in the reservoir. In an urban environment there are a lot of toilets! Maybe you have a waterway near you. A simple charcoal fish tank filter cartridge, I like these Whisper Biobags ( can be used to help filter water and if you can boil it or add a drop of bleach that will go a long way to keeping you from becoming ill. A few basic and inexpensive supplies like a clorox pen, a filter pad and a lighter can mean the difference between safe and unsafe water. 

Remember often times official aide will take several days to arrive. Be prepared and be safe.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happy Soaping Folks!

SO the cost of just about every item you need to live is increasing. Often times our salary does not! Let's talk about laundry soap!
I just made 6+ months of soap for a family of 9 for about a total cost of 2$. The cost will vary some depending on where you live but not by much.
I got his nifty recipe from . I doubled it and I add a few teaspoons of essential oil. If you are concerned about clothes becoming "grey" a tablespoon of vinegar will take care of that. If you want to make your own vinegar here is a recipe.

What about the dishwasher?

One more item. Soapnuts. These are a natural "fruits" containing the chemical saponis. They are part of the Lychee tree family. My kids lucked upon a tree last Fall and we spent several weeks experimenting with these cool little "soapballs!"

Money saved is money earned. :)