40 Vintage Life Hacks from 100 Years Ago “How to do it”


Back in the 1900s, cigarette manufactures used to insert stiffening cards into their paper cigarette packs to add strength and help them last longer. Along the way, someone had the bright idea of printing trivia, artwork and even famous people and athletes (Honus Wagner anyone?) onto the stiffening cards.

In the early 20th Century, Gallaher’s Cigarettes printed a special series of 100 “How to do it” cards that included some truly useful and helpful tips for everyday situations and problems. The entire 100 card collection is part of the New York Public Library’s George Arents Collection and was recently digitized. [Read more…]

Make Your Own Healing Ointment


Ointments work great on cuts, abrasions, wounds and other forms of skin irritation. You can easily make your own salve with a few basic ingredients and ensure that you have supplies on hand during a SHTF situation when pharmacies may be closed.   All you need is some olive oil and calendula along with natural beeswax to provide a stable, antiseptic mixture that is safe for the whole family. However, you can also add a variety of other herbals that have known healing properties to the mix as well. [Read more…]

How to Make Gunpowder the Old Fashioned Way in The Wild(All it Takes is Charcoal, Sulfur, And Potassium nitrate)


In a survival situation, primitive tools will get you by but for maximum survivability, you need mechanical weapons and explosives – and nothing beats the time-tested combustive mixture – gunpowder. Gunpowder is the earliest known chemical explosive. It burns fast (flash fast) and if placed inside a sealed container or shell, will create a quick burst of explosive energy.  The uses for gunpowder vary widely.  Gunpowder can be used to create bullets (or reload used bullets), explosive devices, rescue signals (e.g. fireworks), ignition trails, and more. [Read more…]



Building a bunker could be a great choice as there are at least dozen SHTF scenarios where your life can be saved by having an underground bunker to hide and spend some time in. So, the idea of making a bunker is great for every survivalist enthusiast and a definite must have for every experienced survivalist. You will come to know that building a bunker isn’t as easy as it might sound, but after you are all settled and everything is done, you will be at peace knowing that no matter what happens, you and your family will be safe. [Read more…]



If your home is connected to a traditional water supply, such as city pipes, you’re dependent on the rest of civilization for your water. If the system starts to break down or if someone breaks the connection to your water supply you’re lost. You have nothing for your family. But if you know how to dig a well you’ll be able to keep your family well-supplied with water throughout anything. [Read more…]

How To Make Briquettes From Daily Waste


How To Make Briquettes

Do you remember that old saying that one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure? The same principle applies to our daily wastes.

In case you did not know it, Americans are among the most wasteful civilization in history. Actually, I would dare to say that we are the champions, my friends, and that’s nothing to be proud of.

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Portable Machine Turns Salt Water Into Drinking Water Using Solar Power

Portable Machine Turns Salt Water Into Drinking Water

Sun-powered desalination for villages in India

Off-grid Indian communities with salty groundwater could get potable water through a proposed solar technique.

Around the world, there is more salty groundwater than fresh, drinkable groundwater. For example, 60 percent of India is underlain by salty water — and much of that area is not served by an electric grid that could run conventional reverse-osmosis desalination plants. [Read more…]

How To Make Brass Knuckles, From Bullet Shells

Brass Knuckles

How To Make Brass Knuckles, From Bullet Shells

An indirect suggestion my dad made for me to try and make something practical out of brass. He didn’t expect I’d end up making these!

WARNING: Brass Knuckles are illegal in most countries, and metal foundries can reach temperatures in excess of 1,000ºC, which is well above the melting point of hobbyists. This project should only be attempted with adequate knowledge and training, proper protective safety gear, and in a fire resistant area with adequate ventilation. The heat from the foundry can easily burn, and inhaling excessive amounts of zinc fumes can cause metal fume fever. Use caution and common sense. Use of this video content is at your own risk. [Read more…]




Pepper spray is an excellent nonlethal close-range antipersonnel weapon that can mean the difference between life and death. While it is readily available for purchase at the present time, in a post-collapse survivalist scenario, you may not be able to acquire store-bought pepper spray as easily. [Read more…]

Skills Of The Native Hunters – Pemmican The Ultimate Survival Food


Skills Of The Native Hunters –Pemmican The Ultimate Survival Food

Pemmican and How To Make 

When the white men set out across North America, a reliable supply of portable provisions was one of the major problems. Lacking the skills of the native hunters, it was doubtful that they could live off the
country. They knew something about preserving food, a necessity for sailing ships, but it was limited to salting and pickling. The resultant salt pork and hardtack were unappetizing fare but they kept
life in a man. [Read more…]

How To Store Fresh Eggs Without Refrigeration


How To Store Fresh Eggs Without Refrigeration

Have you ever wondered how your great-grandparents stored eggs? Perhaps they didn’t, perhaps they used only fresh eggs. But many folks regularly stored their eggs and used them throughout the winter months.
Chickens normally respond to daylight by laying more eggs. Oppositely, when there is little daylight, there are fewer eggs layed. So in the winter when days are shorter, it’s good to be able to depend on a fresh egg supply. [Read more…]

Alternative Heat — Compost Heater – Permaculture

Alternative HeatAlternative Heat — Compost Heater – Permaculture

With energy prices going up all around, I thought it was the perfect time to write about alternative ways to heat your home.

Alternative heat is a topic I find particularly fascinating. Winters are long and expensive, and after some crippling heating bills last year I thought it was time to get off my duff and find out if there were other ways I could heat my home this year.

I also wanted to weigh the environmental costs of different options out there. Was a pellet stove better for the environment than a wood stove? What about Compost Heater – Permaculture ? [Read more…]

How to Make a Homemade Water Filter

Water Filter

How to Make a Homemade Water Filter

This post is sponsored by Prepper Academy, the only preparedness program that shows you step-by-step how to rapidly prepare for the coming hard times — no matter what your income or where you live.

In a SHTF situation, clean drinking water is a must. Why spend hundreds on a filter when you can make a quality one at home for a fraction of the price?

If things were to go south and clean drinking water became unavailable, your Brita filter is not going to cut it.

Having a quality filtration system that can turn contaminated water into life-saving drinkable water is an absolute must for every preparedness-minded person. Despite knowing this, many preppers will hold off on buying one because of the price. [Read more…]

How to make sugar from your preppers retreat garden – Stevia


How to make sugar from your preppers retreat garden – Stevia

A natural, calorie-free sweetener approximately 200 to 300 times as sweet as sugar? Sounds too good to be true, but it’s not — it’s stevia. This ultra-sweet plant originated in South America, but it’s been used in many countries for hundreds of years as a natural sweetener. Using stevia in place of sugar can cut calories and may keep your blood glucose level more stable, according to University of Utah Health Care. Whether you’re diabetic or just looking for a natural alternative to white sugar, saccharin or aspartame, stevia is a good choice.
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How to Build a Homemade Thermoelectric Generator

Thermoelectric GeneratorHow to Build a Homemade Thermoelectric Generator

A thermoelectric generator uses the concept of difference in temperature between two materials to create electricity. So could this technology be adapted to make a thermoelectric generator at home? As a matter of fact one can quite easily, though the efficiency of such a generator is no going to be terribly high, it certainly can be put to practical use.

One can use Peltier powered thermoelectric generator at home by following the steps below:

  • Buy two radiators at an IT store and apply thermal fan paste to facilitate sticking of the Peltier unit.
    Now separate the two radiators with an appropriate thermal insulator.
  • Next carve out an opening in the insulator to accommodate the Peltier unit. Enough space should be left for a couple of wires as well.
  • Now rig the assembly together and start applying heat to one of the radiators. The longer that you do it, more will be the current that will flow out from your homemade thermoelectric generator.
  • Depending upon the size of our generator you will be able to power more and more devices or gadgets in your home. Typical examples are mobile phone charging.
  • Running a small radio and making LED light come alive. It is also a great idea to use these to power outdoor fans and lighting that are not connected to your home’s power grid.

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Turn Undrinkable Water Into Pure, Crystal-Clear Distilled Water With a Home-Built Solar still.

distilled water

Turn Undrinkable Water Into Pure, Crystal-Clear Distilled Water With a Home-Built Solar still.

Make Your Own Distilled Water

Make your own distilled water from stream or lake water, salt water, or even brackish, dirty water, using these DIY Solar Still Plans. With just a few basic building materials, a sheet of glass and some sunshine, you can purify your own water at no cost and with minimal effort.

Distilled water is not just for drinking, and it’s always worth keeping a few gallons of it on hand. Clean water free of chemicals and minerals has a number of valuable uses: [Read more…]