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16 prepper Uses for Candle Wax

Thursday, October 13, 2016 10:04
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Okay, without any fanfare here we go:

  1. Make new candles, best to get the most obvious one out the way first.
  3. Keep zippers on bags and jackets running freely.
  5. Waterproof regular matches: Remember, dip quick and cool quicker so that the wax doesn’t soak into the match head. Lay dipped matches on a ziplock filled with crushed ice to cool them quickly.
  7. Rub a broken candle over raised stitched seams on boots and shoes to waterproof the joins.
  9. Use the rest of the candle to lubricate drawer runners.
  11. Fix the end of a fraying shoe lace, twirl between your fingers and then dip in melted wax.
  13. Rub along the edge of saws, axes and shears after use to keep them rust free.
  15. Melted wax and linseed oil makes an effective waterproofing treatment for tents, tarps, ‘waxed’ jackets, boots and holdalls. Treat on a sunny day to allow the mixture to sink into the fabric. Smaller items can be heated with a hairdryer.
  17. Fire starters: There are dozens of these ‘recipes’ about, dried leaves in toilet roll tubes, drier lint in egg cartons. Get creative, anything that burns mixed with wax will work.
  19. In a real pinch a soft ball of candle wax can be used to replace a lost filling. Get the area as clean and dry as you can, place the wax where you need it and gently bite down.
  21. When repairing outdoor gear pull the thread through a small block of wax a couple of times to weatherproof it and also make it pull through the canvas more easily.
  23. Quilting or repairing that needs to last will last longer if you sew with waxed thread, just a light pull through solid wax is enough.
  25. Coat the bottom four inches of your snow shovel with wax, it prevents the snow building up and saves you lifting extra weight. Re-coat as required.
  27. Rub a white household candle across a map to keep it dry and readable.
  29. Seal small holes in window frames with softened wax.
  31. Paint melted wax onto a crack in a window as a temporary seal against the weather. Let it ‘run’ down the crack. put a couple of layers over the top and when totally set drag a butter knife over the fix to trim off the excess.

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  • Just me

    If preppers don’t know all this already they are going to DIE!

    • Liz Bennett:

      Evening Just Me,

      You could well be right there but the UK is rather behind in all things prepping, and to be fair there are new peppers going our ranks all the time, we all have to start with the simple stuff.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.



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