Sand can prove to be an invaluable resource now as well as during a survival situation, if you know how to make the most of it. Aside from being used for filtering water, mixing with concrete or making pottery, a little bit of sand can be a big help with accomplishing a number of everyday tasks as well. Here are a few examples to illustrate why it’s a good to always have some sand on hand.
If you want to increase some traction on things like steps, railings or outdoor wooden platforms or decks, consider mixing about ¼ cup of sand into every cup of paint or sealant. This shouldn’t interfere with how well the products coat the surface, and it’s a fast and easy way to add some grit to otherwise smooth surfaces as well. While you won’t get industrial-grade protection, this added friction can be just enough to provide you with an extra margin of safety whether you’re using it around the house or your bug-out shelter.
Grease fires can’t be extinguished with water, but they can be extinguished by starving them of oxygen. While this can easily be accomplished with putting a lid over a pot or pan, some grease fires are not as easy to contain. Sand can be just as effective as using a fire-extinguisher that is rated for grease fires, and it’s a lot cheaper too. Sand also doesn’t need to be serviced or maintained. Best of all, sand is easy to clean up, and it is unlikely to damage things that are nearby as well. All you need to do is keep a bucket full of sand within reach of your stove, barbecue or other flammable source, and you’re good to go.
The same grit of sand that is useful for providing traction can also make cleaning dishes easier as well. All you need to do is add a pinch of sand to whatever you’re cleaning, along with dish soap, and watch the friction eat away at gunk, grime and other deposits that are hard to remove. You’ll save time, effort and a lot of soap and water along the way, and the sand will rinse easily when you’re finished. This is a great way to stretch and conserve resources during a crisis, but you don’t have to wait until then to start enjoying the benefits.
While sand doesn’t have the same degree of absorbency as cat litter or sawdust, it can make cleaning spills a lot easier nonetheless. Just cover the affected area with sand until it soaks up all of the material, scrape it into a dust pan, and add another layer of sand over the remaining wet spot to aid in drying it out.
Placing small objects that need to be repaired in a bed of sand is a great way to set them in place instead of using a clamp or rigging up an improvised vise. It provides cushioning and stability, and it’s also easy to reposition the object as well. This simple trick can save you time, reduce the likelihood of accidents happening, and it can help to reduce frustration with objects that are otherwise prone to unwanted movement while you’re working on them.
These are just a few examples of dozens of uses that we can get from sand, and we’re only limited by our creativity in terms of how we can put sand to work for us. Think of other ways that you can benefit from using sand, and share your ideas. Chances are that we’ll all want to ensure that we have a supply nearby as a result.