Savvy prep is being prepared for any situation. Because resources and time are limited, smart preppers will choose gear and provisions that can be used in a variety of situations or can be used for different purposes.
Flexibility is important when you don’t know what you will face every day. A basic knowledge of chemistry is essential to be able to use common and affordable chemical compounds in the field, at work, and at home.
Potassium permanganate is a standout compound that preppers should be familiar with. This compound can be used in a wide range of scientific and industrial settings for a variety purposes.
It is well-known for its antiseptic and strong oxidizing properties. It rarely reacts with any toxic substances, so it can be used safely for your own purposes.
Potassium permanganate will be a valuable survival tool. We will share with you seven ways to make the most of it. Let’s get started. Grab your goggles, your lab gloves, and grab your goggles.
What is Potassium Permanganate? Where can it be found?
Potassium Permanganate, an inorganic chemical compound is widely used in laboratory settings and in the chemical industry. It is an effective oxidizer, and has powerful antiseptic properties.
It is a crystal with a similar size and shape as coarse salt. However, it has a striking, deep purple color. The solution can be dissolved in water and will look anywhere from black to royal purple to light pink, depending on the concentration.
Despite its strong oxidizing properties, It does not produce any toxic byproducts. This makes it a good choice for medicinal purposes as well as special uses in the manufacture or refinement other chemicals.
It is actually so effective in medical settings that it is on the list essential medicines of the World Health Organization, which lists medicines that are considered to be among the most safest and most effective in any health setting.
Potassium permanganate, which is naturally found as pyrolusite, is usually produced at an industrial level. However, it can be oxidized with chlorine under certain conditions. This method is not commercially relevant.
It is possible to produce potassium permanganate globally, but it is not difficult. The production ranges from 25,000 to 33,000 tonnes.
It is safe to use strong oxidizers on skin. However, contact with skin can leave a brown stain which is both permanent and very dark.
It is this quality that makes it so special. Strong oxidizer that is what makes it so special. Usefullness of potassium permanganate You can use them at your own level, provided you are careful in handling them and how they are prepared. Let’s move on to the list.
Safety Guidelines for Potassium Manganate
Before we can get into the fun part, which is learning about potassium permanganate’s potential benefits for you, let’s first give you a brief safety overview. Although it is relatively safe when compared to other chemicals, you can still be hurt if you don’t pay attention to or aren’t aware of the dangers it can cause.
Potassium permanganate is a potential danger if it is inhaled or ingested (in large amounts), touches your eyes, or remains on your skin. Although it isn’t as harmful as some acids, it can cause a lot of damage.
Exposure to Symptoms and Effects
- Inhalation Sore throat, irritation of the respiratory tract, irritation to the mucous membranes. Breathing can be difficult if there are high levels. Lung edema can pose a long-term health risk.
- Contact with the Skin Symptoms include: Irritation, tingling sensation and brown staining. Contact with skin for too long can cause tissue corrosion and burns.
- Contact with the Eyes; Inflammation and corrosion of the eye tissue. Eye damage can be permanent from prolonged contact.
- Ingestion; Possible nausea and vomiting. Irritation of the stomach and intestinal mucosa. Consuming large amounts of food can cause shock, esophageal perforation and lowered blood pressure.
Treatment and First Aid Measures: The treatment of the symptoms listed above is quite simple. However, you should still seek immediate medical attention and contact poison control specialists in case of doubt. Remove all contact lenses and clothing from skin and eyes. Flush with water for at least 15 min.
Contacts and clothing that are difficult to remove should not be removed by force. The victim should be moved away from the site of exposure to prevent inhalation. Check for signs of breathing problems. Drink large amounts of water if the victim has swallowed. Do not incite vomiting.
In the event of potassium permanganate poisoning, no neutralizing agent should be applied topically or orally.All you need is water!
Protective measures: Use gloves and a face shield to handle typical, crystalline dust. Respiratory protection should be used if dust hazards exist. Gas-tight suits are required for atmospheric reactivity hazards. For more information, see SDS.
7 Creative Uses for Potassium Permanganate
General Disinfectant Solution
A solution of potassium permanganate and water makes a great general disinfectant. It is particularly resistant to cholera. It can be used to clean surfaces and rinse out wounds, as well as any other tasks that require germ removal.
It can be difficult to calculate how much potassium permanganate crystals to make a disinfectant solution with a specific strength, given that they may have different sizes and quality.
We have a “prepper-friendly” method that can be used even in harsh environments, without the need for measuring instruments. You just need to add the potassium permanganate crystals one at a time to a certain amount of water. Then stir and agitate the water.
The water should begin to darken, beginning as a pale pink or rose-colored color and then moving on to a proper pink and purple. It is ready for use as a disinfectant when the solution turns purple.
You should be careful, as potassium permanganate can stain anything that you apply to it.
Potassium permanganate solution can be very hostile to a variety of fungi. It is ideal for topical or soak treatment of fungal infections on the hands or feet.
You’ll need to follow the same process as for making a general disinfectant solution. Add one potassium permanganate crystal to each cup of water, and stir until the water turns purple.
You can then simply immerse yourself in the solution for up 10 minutes or longer, if you feel no discomfort. All but the most stubborn fungal infections can be eliminated by repeated treatments.
However, I have bad news. Your hands and feet will be stained purple or brownish from this process. It’s not a huge price to pay to get rid of a nasty infection.
For persistent skin infections
Potassium permanganate is a potent disinfectant and fungicide that has the same properties that make it useful for treating skin conditions such as impetigo, dermatitis, and pemphigus.
These conditions can be treated by it attacking the underlying virologic and bacteriological agitators.
A solution of potassium permanganate, although not as strong as our purple variety, is required for general disinfection as well as fungal eradication.
Mix the crystals into the water, one at a time, stirring. You should stop stirring when the solution turns dark pink/magenta/light purple. After the solution has dried, apply a compress containing the solution to the affected area.
For starters, a 10- to 20-minute application should be made. This should only be done a few times per day. If you feel any discomfort or worsening, stop and evaluate the situation.
Potassium permanganate can be used in many ways to treat water supplies in different settings, as well as water purification.
This must be done with care as too much potassium permanganate can quickly cause poisonous effects in the water.
Potassium permanganate kills many bacteria in low levels, but it must be used at higher concentrations to ensure that viruses are killed. It can be a tricky proposition as microbiological control may become too strict. However, it is still viable and widely used around the globe today.
Following our method, you should add potassium permanganate crystals to the sourced water once it has been filtered as well as possible.
Add the crystals one by one until the water turns barely pink. Give it another 30 minutes before you drink. Add one crystal if you are concerned about viruses. Stir it for 30 minutes.
You should use careful measurement and metering to ensure greater water consumption or higher efficacy. For more information, please refer to the linked.
Potassium permanganate can also be used to remove iron and hydrogen from water sources, especially well water. This enhances taste and gets rid of the unpleasant, sulfurous smell sometimes found in natural water sources.
Fruit and vegetable washing
Potassium permanganate solution can be used as Excellent Anti-infectant As we’ve seen, it’s quite effective in eliminating cholera, which is a serious illness that can be contracted from eating contaminated foods.
To increase food safety, potassium permanganate can be used as a vegetable and fruit wash. Any residues from the solution can be removed with a rinse using fresh water. The food is then ready to eat.
You will prepare the solution as you always do. One crystal at a.
Use a clean, dry cloth to dip the vegetables or fruits in the solution.
This is a simple way to ensure that your vegetables and fruits are free from germs. Fun fact: potassium permanganate effectively neutralizes ethylene, which is a chemical that bananas release as they ripen. This chemical can be eliminated or neutralized in order to increase the shelf-life of bananas.
The reaction between glycerin (and potassium permanganate) will result in tremendous heat. It is possible to start a fire even with damp kindling.
As stated, potassium permanganate is a crucial part of this chemical reaction. However, in an emergency you can use antifreeze to replace glycerin. The reaction will be more dangerous and violent.
Combine the potassium permanganate with glycerin or antifreeze. Take a step back and wait for it to ignite. Make sure you have your primary fuel ready for this.
It is important to remember that the same spoon or measuring tool should be used for the administration of potassium permanganate as the glycerin.
It is hard to describe how stunningly beautiful potassium permanganate, and its solutions, can be if you have not seen it in person. The crystals are mysterious and purple-black in color, which would look great in fantasy settings.
These crystals will give off a bright purple color, but it can change to a darker purple-black with increasing concentrations.
This solution can be kept at a bright, vivid purple medium, making it a great dye for snow. Its color and contrast can both be seen from a distance.
It is easy to make large amounts of potassium permanganate solution. This can allow you to scale up an SOS message or warning message in snow to ensure that it is seen by rescuers, especially aerial ones.
It is not surprising that old school survival kits often include a packet of potassium permanganate, as it is a useful disinfectant and for water purification.
Potassium Permanganate Storing
Potassium permanganate can be highly reactive and can cause serious damage . You must ensure that it is properly stored so it doesn’t become oxidized or suffer from any unwanted effects.
You should keep it in an opaque container made of steel, aluminum or glass with a seal. The container should be kept out of direct sunlight and in dry areas.
It should be kept away from any metal powders, cellulosic particles, alcohols or peroxides. Keep it away from heat sources!
These are the only requirements to use potassium permanganate safely and reliably.
Potassium permanganate, which is a strong reactive oxidizer, has excellent disinfectant properties and can be used as a surface disinfectant or wound disinfectant as well as as a fruit and vegetable wash, as a fungicidal dip, and as an additive to water purification.
It is combined with glycerin to produce extreme heat and a burning flame. This combination is great for starting a fire in damp or inadequate kindling.
This chemical is important to all preppers. It can do a lot with very little investment, provided you have some common sense and care when using it.
Take a look at the list of uses and add some potassium permanganate crystals today to your survival kit.