I can practically guarantee you have some sugar in your cupboard right now. And you’re probably saving it for some delicious use, such as some homemade cookies, or maybe an apple pie.
But I’ll tell you something you probably don’t know – you can use sugar for a whole lot more than that when a survival situation occurs.
As it turns out, this popular baking ingredient has a surprising amount of uses that can aid you in an emergency. In fact, it’s so valuable that I’ve got a giant Ziploc bag full of the stuff in my bug out bag as we speak.
You’ll be amazed at these…
6 Insanely Valuable Uses For Sugar
1 – Kill The Cockroaches
Cockroaches aren’t just gross looking – they can also spread disease extremely quickly. With these guys around, your chances of getting sick and even dying increase exponentially.
Luckily, there’s a natural way to get them out of your house and get rid of them for good. The solution is a combination of sugar and baking soda. Pour the mixture around your house – specifically in places they like to hide. The insects will be attracted to the sugar, and the baking soda will kill them upon consumption.
2 – Food Preservation
Sure, you can preserve food in salt – but did you know you can do it in sugar, too? This is an awesome way to keep your fruits fresh in case the grid goes down.
Sugar is so effective for this because it kills off bacteria that’s hiding in your food (it does this by cutting off the bacteria’s oxygen supply). Store your favorite fruits in jars full of sugar to help increase their shelf-life. Just make sure that they’re in an airtight container where moisture can’t get inside.
3 – Keep Your Energy Up
Hypoglycemia is a very real danger in a survival situation. This happens when you’re not getting enough energy through the food (or lack of) that you’re eating. Hypoglycemia can also occur when you’re overexerting yourself and can’t take in enough energy to make up for what you’ve lost.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia include dizziness, lightheadedness, and body shakes. And, if you don’t find a remedy soon, things start to go downhill fast.
That’s why sugar is your best friend in these situations. By simply eating some sugar (by itself, or stirred up in some hot water) you can keep your energy stores up and increase your chances of survival.
4 – Start A Fire – Even In The Rain
It can be tough to get a fire going when it’s wet outside. And, if you’ve got food to cook and hands to keep warm, fire starting can become an intensely frustrating process.
Thankfully, there’s a way to help speed things up. And all it takes is some sugar and some potassium permanganate. Combine equal amounts of the two, and then rub them with the end of a blunt stick in order to build up some friction.
In just a few seconds, the chemicals will react, giving you a roaring fire to enjoy. And, better yet, this will still work when everything outside is wet.
Here’s a cool video to show you how it’s done:
5 – Prevent Infections
Surprisingly, sugar can be a very effective first-aid tool for an open wound, and can help prevent the spread of bacteria, infection, and disease.
First, clean out the wound as much as possible and dry it using a clean cloth. Then sprinkle sugar onto the wound until a small mound begins to form. Keep the limb still and let the sugar dissolve. After an hour, repeat the process. This will disinfect it.
Take a clean cloth and cover the wound, and allow it to heal.
6 – Make Some Moonshine
If you don’t think this is a survival use, think again. For one, moonshine is an excellent bartering item (especially when it comes to selling it to people who need their fix). This is a great way to get all the survival resources you need by trading it away.
Plus, it’s also a great way to help relieve tension in your group and increase morale. Let’s face it – when SHTF things will be looking bleak. Real bleak. But, with a little swig of moonshine, this liquid courage may just give you the confidence to see another day.
One of the best ways to make the stuff is to use sugar, which distills the alcohol. Watch the video below to learn how to make your own: