Friday, April 17, 2015

Laundry Detergent, Home Brewed Granular

I have been using liquid home brewed laundry detergent since 2010 and it has worked well. However I would prefer an all granular detergent recipe because it would be easier if I could eliminate the heating and cleanup associated with the liquid home brewed.

A couple weeks ago I came across and all granular recipe over at Everyday Food Storage;

This is just what I was looking for, an all granular recipe so it's very quick to make a batch with little mess to clean up afterwards (or use).

"Everyday Food Storage" recipe:

  • 1 (4 lb 12 oz box) Borax
  • 1  (3 lb 7 oz box) Arm & Hammer Super Washing
  • 1  (3 lb tub) OxyClean

  • 2  (14.1 oz Bars) of Zote or Fels Naptha (I prefer Zote)
  • 1  (4 lb box) Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • 1  (55 oz jug/bottle) Purex Crystals Fabric Softener (granular).

My thoughts about this recipe:
I have tested and used this recipe. It works very well, the clothes come out clean, soft and with a light fresh scent. I will continue to make and use it! I like it much better than the liquid/gelatinous older version.

Personal recommendations:
First; I would recommend when using a food processor is to shred the Zote first and place the shredded Zote in a separate bowl. Change to the chopping blade and then fill the processor about 1/2 full with the shredded Zote and about one cup of Borax then chop to granulate. The reason is the Borax powder will coat the Zote as its being granulated in the processor otherwise the Zote tends to stick together or ball up if by itself then will not evenly distribute itself throughout the rest of the dry ingredients when hand blending in a bucket full of all the rest of the ingredients. The ingredients are heavy and somewhat difficult to mix thoroughly.

Second; to make blending all the ingredients much easier and thorough, layer the ingredients when filling the 5 gallon bucket for mixing.

Divide and layer approximately:
  • 1/2 the Super Wash
  • 1/2 the Purex
  • 1/2 the Zote
  • 1/2 the Borax
  • 1/2 the Baking Soda
  • 1/2 the OxyClean
Then repeat the layers with the remaining portions of the ingredients;
  • the Super Wash
  • the Purex
  • the Zote
  • the Borax
  • the Baking Soda
  • the OxyClean
Now mix/blend together by hand.

How many laundry loads does this recipe make and cost?

  • My total cost of all ingredients was $25.47 plus sales tax.

  • The total weight of all ingredients is 20.3 lbs. (about 2.5+ gallons)

  • 1/4 cup for each full washer load = 144 full machine loads or about 288 smaller half loads.

  • Cost per load is less than $0.18 cents for full loads or $0.09 cents for half loads.

Here are what the granules look like mixed. The blue/green is the Purex, the pink is the Zote and the white everything else. The colors help let you know you have mix all the ingredients evenly.

This is a 5 gallon bucket I used to mix in. You can see by the darker area the content level of all the ingredients.

All finished, labeled and ready to use!
I saved the Purex bottle/jug and filled with the mix recipe granules. It has a flip top opening pour spout for easy dispensing into the measuring cup.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Second Amendment vs. Second Chances

Frightening to think we may be this close, Live Prepared!

Authors:  February 24, 2008   Clark M. Neily III,  Robert A. Levy,  Alan Gura
RESPONDENT’S BRIEF On Writ Of Certiorari To The United States Court Of Appeals For The District Of Columbia Circuit.

"The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed--where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once."

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Important if you drive a 2012 or older car!

The good old EPA has by their created law, is mandating the use of E-15 regular fuel. The problem with alcohol fuel used in vehicles with a fuel system NOT design to withstand the corrosiveness of this high a concentration of alcohol you can count on failing fuel lines, pumps, injectors, o-rings, gaskets and emission systems.

A dozen auto manufacturers have announced that if you use E-15 in their 2012 or older vehicles their warranty for all fuel system components is void.... Leaving you to pay what will be a very costly repair.

Also think about to damage to all your small engines like generators, chainsaws, tractor and lawn equipment.

This needs to be stopped, the EPA and Congress actually the whole government is out of control!

This is a very good video about the problems. Please watch:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Just when you think you have all the possible disasters figured out, now this!

A Russian 'Doctor of Military Sciences' says Moscow should just nuke Yellowstone if tensions boil over
By Amanda Macias

Earlier this week, the Russian president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems outlined two geophysically weak US regions to attack in order to combat NATO's aggression toward Russia.

In his article, Konstantin Sivkov justifies the option of "complete destruction of the enemy" because NATO has been "moving to the borders or Russia."

Sivkov, listed as a "Doctor of Military Sciences," described scenarios that involved dropping a nuclear weapon near Yellowstone's supervolcano or the San Andreas Fault.

Link to the rest of the story:

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Wheat Grain Storage; White or Red

I doubt there is anyone who would disagree that during a prolonged disaster aftermath eating familiar meals is most important. To be able to bake your own survival bread from home milled wheat grain you have stored is a must have skill because bread is necessary food with any survival meal. Hard to imagine what it would be like eating SPAM for weeks out of the SPAM can with a spoon instead of having a SPAM sandwich using your home made bread.

With so much conflicting wheat grain for storage information out there many are confused as to what to do. Are you undecided about which type of wheat grain to eat and long term store for your baking/flour needs? Here are some common facts about the two, a good way to choose one over the other and the one I prefer.

  • Hard Red or Hard White Wheat Grain stores long term the same way and length of time, 30 years.

  • Hard Red Wheat Grain has a stronger flavor, slightly darker appearance and for some is harder to digest.

  • Hard White Wheat Grain has a softer flavor, slightly lighter in color than Red and is somewhat easier to digest but still an issue for some.

  • Hard Red Wheat is slightly more nutritious than Hard White Wheat with on average has 2% more protein.

  • Cost to purchase either is about the same.

Important point.
I know many people who have stored wheat grain without ever tasting anything baked from it and worse they don't even have a grain mill to mill their grain into flour. Without a mill all you can do with this grain is pressure cook it and eat it like rice. Hopefully they have a pressure cooker! By the way a pressure cooker is another must have prepper meal cooking tool.

Which grain do I use and store?
Hard White Wheat Grain, period! I have experimented repeatedly using each of the Red and White grains and found every time the Hard Red is used for myself and some others it does not sit well while digesting. This could be a food disaster if depending on the grain for survival food and when needed the family gets sick from it and doesn't want to eat anymore of it. My neighbors also have the same feeling when eating the Red where White has little issues with digestion.

  • First, buy a grain mill or at the least be able to borrow one. A good mill runs around $200. I use "The Family Grain Mill" with the adapter so I can power it with my stand mixer, about $190 with adapter. To date with my mill I have milled over 400 lbs. of grain and it still mills like new. I recommend regardless of the brand mill you buy get one that has an adapter for powered milling for when you have electricity. Hand crank milling may see like a cool idea for a post SHTF event but it's time consuming and after milling the first loaf is no longer fun.

  • Your first purchases of grain should be in the small cans, about 1/2 the size of a #10 can. Buy one Red and one White so you can bake some bread with each and then taste it to see how you like it and if there are any digestion issues. If not then stock up by the buckets.

  • After you buy a mill and grain then every weekend I urge you to practice baking bread. This new survival baking will reward you with a new self-reliant skill, flavor, texture with safe to eat preservative free food and the prepper self-satisfaction is addictive. I make my own bread nearly every weekend!

One final note:
All Purpose White Flour does store for 10 years if using Mylar and Oxygen Absorbers. So if you don't want to store wheat grain or have to buy a grain mill, storing white flower is clearly an option for you.