Useful Recipes for Home, Camp, shooting and Preparing

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Useful Recipes for Home, Camp, shooting and Preparing

Postby GreyOne » Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:01 pm

There are a lot of things that we buy to clean, disinfect, etc. We can make a lot of what we need with commonly available ingredients, things usually present in our homes. Water, Vinegar, Bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Baking Soda are the main ingredients of these first "recipes" or formulas.

My first recipe is for a disinfectant that is often used in hospitals, and is considered capable of dealing with anthrax, E. Coli and other disease agents.

<Vinegar increases killing power of bleach > is a reference for background.

You only need vinegar and bleach. Here is the recipe:

Miner recommends first diluting one cup of household bleach in one gallon of water and then adding one cup of white vinegar.

Here is a bit of the explanation:

Miner and his colleagues compared the ability of alkaline (pH 11) and acidified (pH 6) bleach dilutions to disinfect surfaces contaminated with dried bacterial spores, considered the most resistant to disinfectants of all microbes. The alkaline dilution was practically ineffective, killing all of the spores on only 2.5 percent of the surfaces after 20 minutes. During the same time period the acidified solution killed all of the spores on all of the surfaces.

"Diluted bleach at an alkaline pH is a relatively poor disinfectant, but acidified diluted bleach will virtually kill anything in 10 to 20 minutes," says Miner. "In the event of an emergency involving Bacillus anthracis spores contaminating such environmental surfaces as counter tops, desk and table tops, and floors, for example, virtually every household has a sporicidal sterilant available in the form of diluted, acidified bleach."

Bleach is common in most homes, and I highly recommend having some on hand. Get the standard 5.25 percent chlorine UNSCENTED bleach. Be aware that it should be replaced every three months for use as a disinfectant -or- a water purification agent. It starts to degrade after that and looses potency after six months.
It can lose potency much more quickly if left exposed to air or sunlight.

Second formula is also simple, and it makes a great treatment for fireants and other insect bites, seems to help me with chigger bite as well.

Mix one part standard bleach with 9 parts tap water in a jar, shake well, use a rag dipped in the solution to wipe over the stings or bites. The mixture will start to lose strength after 24-48 hours, may last longer if tightly capped and kept in the dark.

I have used this on my kids for years, since they seemed when younger to always manage to stand right in a fire ant nest. It relieves the pain almost instantly, and if applied within ten minutes or so of the stings, it prevents the formation of the little pimple like boils.

This one came from a Texas County Agent news bulletin about 30 years ago.


Next is a disinfectant called "Dakin's Solution". It is really just a very dilute bleach solution. It was developed in WWI, when antibiotics were still unknown. It can be used for dressings and also as a drip irrigation of deeper wounds, to prevent infection. It is a 0.05% bleach solution, buffered with a little baking soda for longer life. Mixed as follows, it will last for about 48 hours. Then you make a new solution.

The recipe is 32 ounces of tap water , boiled for 15 minutes. remove from heat, add 1/2 teaspoon full of baking soda. Then add 3 ounces of standard 5.25% unscented bleach.

This solution is a mild enough chlorine source that it does not cause tissue damage as stronger solutions might on open flesh wounds.

It is a low tech method of treating wounds that can be used where antibiotics are not available or are ineffective.


This next recipe is Skunk Scent Remover. It really works, and works on some other bad odor problems as well :

1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, which costs about $2 at a drugstore; 1/4 cup of
baking soda; and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap, which breaks up the oils in
skunk spray and allows the other ingredients in the solution to do their
stuff. The solution should be rinsed off the pet with tap water.

This generates a lot of free oxygen, so it cannot be stored or capped. It can be used to wipe a dog down, and I have used it twice in a spray bottle to descent the walls on my porch after a skunk visit. I made sure to uncap the sprayer as soon as I finished, so there as no pressure buildup.
That is all for the moment, will have some more to add to the thread later.

For all of the above, you only need tap water, bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide,baking soda and a little dishwashing liquid soap.


These require a little more in the way of ingredients, but are useful none the less.

ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) 1 C. 227 g.
Water to suit
Mixing: Make paste of sodium bicarbonate and water.
Use: Rub into leather and let stand in sun or warm area for 24 hours. Mildew
will be killed, but leather will need to be repolished to restore finish.

Ingredients: Neatsfoot Oil l-l 1 / 2 c. 355 ml.
Mineral Oil : l-1/2 c. 355 ml.
Mixing: Stir ingredients together.
Use: Apply liberally to leather with a cloth, allow to soak in for a few minutes,
then rub dry with a clean cloth.
Notes: For each of these leather preservatives, penetration is improved if the
mixture is warmed before applying it.

Ed's Red Bore Cleaner, Solvent and Carbon remover:
As a general bore cleaner, plastic wad remover, and carbon solvent the following formula, a creation of C.E Harris, and dubbed "Ed's Red" works quite well. In fact many folks claim it is better than anything they've tried. The original formula is:
1 part Dexron II, IIe or III Automatic Transmission Fluid - GM Spec D20265 or later
1 part K1 Kerosene
1 part Aliphatic Mineral Spirits federal spec TT-T-2981F (CAS# 64741-49-9) or Stodard Solvent/Varsol (CAS#8052-41-1), a.k.a "oderless mineral spirits"
1 part Acetone (CAS#67-64-1)
Formula Addendum
It has been reported that methyethylketone/MEK (CAS#78-93-3) can be satisfactorily substituted for the acetone if desired.
It has been reported that Turpentine can be satisfactorily substituted for the Mineral Spirits if desired. The original Frankford Arsenal formula upon which Ed's Red is based used turpentine rather than mineral spirits which were substituted for lower cost. Turpentine also tends to leave a gummy residue.
It has been reported that Kroil penetrating oil can be satisfactorily substituted for the kerosene if desired.
It has been reported that the lower numbered "JP" jet fuels can be used in place of kerosene.
It has been reported that Goo-Gone (a commercial citrus based solvent) can be satisfactorily substituted for the mineral spirits if desired.
It has been reported that commercial automotive "engine flush" can be substituted for the ATF (but you lose the red color and the lubrication qualities).
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Re: Useful Recies for Home, Camp, shooting and Preparing

Postby saustin1967 » Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:14 am

Good stuff G1
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Re: Useful Recies for Home, Camp, shooting and Preparing

Postby BigJesse » Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:01 pm

Awesome post.
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