If we are going to store up large quantities of survival items, then we’ve got to begin examining how to achieve the most bang for our bucks. To make the most of what we spend on these items, they should not only be cost-effective but multifunctional as well.
I would like to make a plug for baking soda. This is one versatile little powder! Most of the things you can do with baking soda can be done with other products, but consider your storage capacity and the shelf life of some of the commercial products and I think you will agree…long term, baking soda is a wonderful thing.
Baking soda can be used for:
- canker sore medicine
- shaving cream
- dry shampoo
- minor cuts/burns
- poison ivy
- fire suppressant (grease/electrical fires)
- acid reliever/indigestion (carefully follow directions)
- household surface cleaner (kitchen, bathroom, etc.)
- ant/roach killer (mix 1 to 1 with sugar)
Now, for shelf life. Unopened baking soda has an indefinite shelf life. Once baking soda is open and exposed to air the shelf life is two years. This can be fudged and extended somewhat by ensuring that you store opened baking soda in an airtight container. (Keep in mind that most of the issues with shelf life revolve around using baking soda for bakin.) And in case you haven’t tried to purchase boat loads of baking soda…you can get a 13 lb. bag for $5.00!
Considering the versatility, shelf life, and cost, I believe baking soda to be a best buy for emergency preparedness.