Join Date: Feb 2012
Dogs Name: Ripley; R.I.P. Deckard
Dogs Age: DOB 7/8/13
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we reuse dryer lint as tinder when we go camping. talk about EFFECTIVE! stinky, but they take a spark VERY well, even when trying to start a fire with primitive methods. the best firestarter i've found, though, is a combination of cardboard egg cups, dryer lint, and candle wax...especially the wax left over from candles when the wick is completely gone but there's still some wax left in the bottom.
speaking of wax, another use for old candles in glass jars: put them in front of the oven vent on top of a clay pot coaster. they heat up while you're baking and will give the house a lovely scent while avoiding fire...very handy if one has a fluffy-tailed cat prone to going where they shouldn't!
another suggestion: if you're the sort with a very picky cat who prefers the variety of litter sold in buckets, just keep the buckets, wash them THOROUGHLY, and reuse them. a friend who runs nosework trials claims they're the absolute best buckets around for this purpose, because the lids close and stay on while remaining easy to remove. flip-lid buckets work well as kibble dispensers, too. we also use these buckets while camping. they're great for setting up washbasins for clothing, (sealed) food storage, and other uses. i've also used them for keeping a full set of clothing clean and dry in case of flooding. keep one or two in your trunk with your safety gear in them. they really hold a TON of stuff if you know how to pack, and act as a quick grab-and-go carrier. i store my jack, a spare tire iron, maps, scrapers, jumper cables, and a spare pare of winter, work, and nitrile gloves in a regular lift-off bucket, and i still have room to spare.
“I am the sea witch. I am the tide you fear and the turning you can't deny. I am the sound of the waves running over your bones on the beach, little man, and I am not amused at finding you on my doorstep.”
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