Crossover Tools And Applications

I’m one of the few husbands that enjoy “window shopping”. My mind is thirsty for new products and trends. Not long ago I accompanied my wife into a beauty supply store and found it to be fascinating. Among the large variety of emery boards and nail files I found a “stone eraser” or cuticle remover that resembles a small whetting stone. I purchased it for my BOB (Bug-Out-Bag) to sharpen my knife. Next to the abrasive tools was artificial finger nails with all the adornments. There was quick drying adhesives for application and solvents to remove polish. Nail polish remover is mostly acetate which can be used as a fuel or flame accelerant. Beyond that there was a good selection of mirrors which included magnifying mirrors that range from 2x to 10x powers of magnification. These make great solar fire starters. The small compact sets can be used for both signaling and fire starting.

So, the point of this blog is to encourage you to “think outside the box” and be open to other fields and areas of interest that might be holding alternate resources for expedient solutions in emergency situations. Who knows, a new product may be discovered for us survival enthusiasts to adopt.

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3 thoughts on “Crossover Tools And Applications

  1. I agree 100% I have used things for many different purposes just out of necessity around the house. I like going to thrift stores, junk stores, flea markets, and othe roddity stores to find objects like you have to multi task with. I use many odd objects for my flintknapping hobby also.

    Coffee filters ….. Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at any Dollar Store for almost nothing even the large ones!!
    1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave.. Coffee filters make excellent covers.
    2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome… Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.
    3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish
    4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
    5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.
    6.. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
    7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
    8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.
    9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
    10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes..
    11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter..
    12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..
    13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.
    14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.”
    15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.
    16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter, tie to make a small bag and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.
    17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.
    18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.
    19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.
    20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash..
    21.. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
    22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
    23. Use them to sprout seeds.. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.
    24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..
    25. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.

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