As we grew up, our parents exposed us to tips and tricks to get us through different things we encountered. One such example in my case involved salt and mosquito bites. Since mosquitoes may as well have been the state bird where we lived, bites from them were a regular occurrence. Being a little kid, impulse control was not a skill I had yet developed, so I would scratch those bites until they bled and finally scabbed over. To stop this behavior, mom and dad called upon salt. At the first signs of an itchy bite, salt was applied and allowed to sit for about 20 minutes, after which the salt could be rinsed away and the bite would never itch again.
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Now that I am an adult preparing for survival, I think back on tips and trick such as this and try to incorporate them in the life I currently lead. Salt is an important part of our lives and can be useful when it comes to survival. There are plenty of other things I have planned for salt when the SHTF and before:
- Salt is great for oral care. If sores or abscesses are present in your mouth, rinse your mouth with salt to get them out! Mix some salt with warm water and swish it around inside your mouth. To aid in caring for your teeth, mix salt and baking soda then apply the mixture to your toothbrush and give your teeth a thorough brushing. For sore throats, a mixture such as this can even be gargled, but be sure not to swallow.
- Prevent pests, such as ants, with salt. If you have an obvious entry point through which ants are travelling, leave them a salty surprise. Placing a line of salt across where they normally walk will stop them in their tracks and re-route them elsewhere.
- To test the age of an egg, add a couple of teaspoons of salt to a glass of water and stir. Once the salt has dissolved, place the egg inside and watch what happens. Eggs that sink are fresh and those that float are not; the higher the egg floats, the less fresh it is. Keep in mind that this is merely a test of egg age, not egg safety. Although it is more likely that a fresh egg is safe to eat than one that is old and floats, the only way to truly ensure eggs are safe to eat is to practice proper handling and storage.
- Putting out a grease fire with water is dangerous and should never be attempted, but putting one out with salt is perfectly acceptable. Salt will smother the flames, depriving them of the oxygen needed to burn, and the fire will go out quickly without the risk of spreading that is possible if you were to use water instead.
- To keep stored food from going to waste, store it with salt. This will prevent decomposition, mold growth, and the growth of yeast, all of which are detrimental to a food supply.
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Salt is just another one of the many things that should be added to your survival supplies if it is not there already. It is cheap to buy and a little bit goes a long way. If you have concerns about salt staying dry, store it with rice; a few grains in each container will draw moisture away from salt, giving your salt the longevity it needs to serve you well for a long time to come.