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Listen. There has been a lot of bad news in the year 2020. The idea that our homemade soaps could be toxic is even more! Lets talk about how this could happen.
Who doesn’t love a hot shower with a nice herb scented bar of soap? Reading the harsh reality of a great homemade product brings to mind the fact that there is balance in everything.
While having the freedom to make items like soap at home we are putting faith in the ingredients of that soap. We are taking something made in someone’s home and rubbing it all over our body! That is some serious trust.
Personal Hygiene in Collapse
If there is one area that people fall short during a disaster it is in the areas of personal hygiene and waste management. Things get really weird when you start to consider no running water and running out of soap. At that point, what are you going to do to say clean?
Soap is a cheap prep that can be bought in bulk.
However, you can also learn to make your own soap. Do you know that making soap from scratch is actually pretty simple? You need a good recipe. It only takes a few items and you can spiff it up as much or as little as you’d like.
Lye is one of the few ingredients that is used to make soap. It is basically water mixed with wood ash. This will create the caustic lye component.
Where things get dangerous is when you are not sure about ratios. How much lye do you use to make a certain amount of soap. Too much lye and you can actually burn people’s skin. If a soap that is too high in lye is ingested, particularly by kids, it can kill them.
The soap itself is not dangerous but if you mix it wrong it can become a toxic danger.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.