43 Off the Grid Hacks

Let’s face it…we live in a world full of commodities. So many that we’ve grown very accustomed to a certain lifestyle and it’s difficult when that gets thrown out of whack – especially when you live off the grid. Homesteading brings life back to the basics a bit, but it’s a learning process to say the least. You learn to get clever with what you have, and sometimes when you learn a new trick you find out later that it’s actually quite an old trick. So why am I telling you all of this?  I wanted to share with you all a couple of tricks I’ve learned throughout my homesteading years through my experiences I’ve had while living off the grid. And so, without further ado, here are some off the grid hacks that are useful no matter where you live on or off the grid.

1. The miracle of baking powder and baking soda

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Baking powder and baking soda work for almost everything. Use it to remove stain, eliminate odors, scrub your sink and counter tops. The list is endless!

 

2. Calculate the weight of the pig

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No need to drag your pig-headed porker to the nearest scale to weigh it. Learn how to calculate it’s weight instead.

 

3. Give your goat a pedicure

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Not really a full on pedicure but it pays to know how to trim your goats’ hooves. Learn how to do it here.

 

4. Use mason jars for beekeeping

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Grow a bees from your backyard with this amazing off grid hack. Complete instructions here.

 

5. Use  5-gallon buckets to make a DIY chicken water and feeder

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This DIY hack will definitely save you dollars. Complete tutorial here.

 

6. Remove skunk stink with this de-skunking solution that really works

via the prairie homestead

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The best part is you don’t have to use messy tomato juice anymore. Recipe here.

 

7. Use apple cider to boost immunity

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Use apple cider as a tonic or mix it with your livestock’s food or water to boost their immunity.

 

8. Milk cows benefit from udder balm

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Homemade udder salve is not only simple to make, but it is also ultra-nourishing, and so natural that you could eat it. Recipe here.

 

9. There are many ways to prevent your milk cow from kicking you in the face

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The very first trick is to calm yourself down. Then the rest follows.

 

10. Use duct tape to kill squash bugs

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11. Freeze root vegetables so they don’t get wasted

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There are many ways to preserve your excess root vegetable but freezing them is seems to be the quickest way to do it. Learn how to freeze your root vegetables here.

 

12. Get free containers to start your seedlings

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There’s nothing better than free stuff. More details here.

 

13. Use  black plastic sheeting to warm up the soil for planting

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14. Grow potatoes vertically if you don’t have enough space

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Short on space to grow potatoes? Here’s an efficient alternative to growing potatoes.

 

15. Use water gallons to make DIY watering cans

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16. Use a mason jar to test your soil

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Who knew good ol’ mason jar can help you find out the soil structure in your garden. Full instructions here.

 

17. Whiskey barrels make awesome container plants

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18. No-dig DIY fence

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Knowing how to put in fence posts with no digging is a great homesteading skill you may want to know in case you need to put up a fence in hard clay or rocky and tree root infested ground. Learn more here.

 

19. Freeze eggs to keep them from rotting

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Yes, you can freeze eggs too! Learn how to do it here.

 

20. Old fashioned cloth diapers are a nifty alternative to buying expensive cheesecloth

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21. Use duct tape to open jars easily

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22. Use crayons as emergency survival candles

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24. In an emergency situation, set broken bones using duct tape and toilet paper

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25. Stave off frost bite with baby oil

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Baby oil can do wonders for your skin under extreme weather conditions.

 

26. Carry all your water gallons in one trip with a sturdy stick

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27. Remove ticks easily with this DIY Tick Lasso

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To remove a tick, just loop the lasso around the tick, where it’s attached, close to the skin. Then pull the ends of the string tight and firmly pull the tick out. Full instructions here.

 

28. Use an old bike to make a crossbow

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You never know when you might need this. Instructions here.

 

29. Use a dutch oven to bake without an oven

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No oven? No need to panic. Dutch ovens are a great alternative to baking your goodies. Learn more about it here.

 

30. Use mason jar as liquid measuring cup

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Mason jars are more commonly used for storage, canning, and sprouting. But they also make great liquid measuring cups, too. Instructions here.

 

31. Coffee grounds have endless possible uses

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So don’t throw them out yet. Find out how you can use them here.

 

32. Make this cute DIY rock boot tray to prevent muddy puddles

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Cute, functional, and no more mud puddles around the house!

 

33. Save money by cutting your little boy’s hair yourself

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Learn how to cut your boys’ hair yourself here.

 

34. Use 2–liter soda bottles to store dry goods like rice and beans

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Soda bottles are made of thick material and offer an air-tight seal. You can ensure an even greater shelf-life by adding an oxygen absorber to each bottle.

 

35. Use AAA batteries in place of AA batteries by simply balling up some aluminum foil to fill the gap in the battery compartment

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36. An empty beer/soda can combined with a candle make an excellent lantern in a survival situation

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37.  Use a tarp and a pile of lightweight branches for a makeshift raft

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Need to cross a river or lake without being devoured by alligators, frozen to death, or drowned by your gear? Lay out a tarp and pile small lightweight branches in the center , then wrap the ends up and bind the entire raft with paracord or string.

 

38. Use an old circuit board to make  a super simple, super effective improvised arrow or spear head

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Something to pair with your makeshift  bow.

 

39. Create a makeshift candle out of can of Crisco

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Simply add a wick and voila – a candle that lasts much longer than your typical wax candle.

 

40.  Snack chips make great tinder

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Yes. In addition to being highly addictive and delicious, Doritos and other snack chips are highly flammable.

 

41. Cut a few holes in your garbage bag to make an instant rain jacket.

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You won’t win any fashion awards, but you will stay dryer and warmer.

 

42. Eyeglasses are essentially a pair of magnifying lenses

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Use your eyeglasses to focus sunlight into a concentrated beam of light that can easily ignite tinder to start a fire.

 

43. Use rocks to make a knife in a survival situation

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Unfortunately, you just cant use any piece of rock. Learn how to make a knife out of rocks here.

 

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