GearHow ToSurvival

Potassium permanganate: The Most Useful Survival Chemical

InTheRabbitHole – When people think about survival tools, chemicals are usually not one of the first things that come to mind. Potassium permanganate should though.

Also known as KMnO4, Condy’s Crystals and permanganate of potash, Potassium permanganate is a jack of all survival trades. When it comes to survival, the more you know, the more you can do with less. Like wilderness medicine, it also often becomes about improvising with less than ideal tools.

I first learned about the usefulness of this chemical while watching a Survivor Man episode titled Sonoran Desert. In the Sonoran Desert episode (Season 1 Episode 2), Les Stroud demonstrates how mixing Potassium permanganate and glycerin will start a chemical fire. Intrigued, I did some digging.

Turns out it’s not just good for making fires. Here are the 7 best uses:

  1. Purifying water.
  2. Creating an antiseptic solution.
  3. As an anti-fungal treatment for the hands and feet.
  4. As a cholera disinfectant
  5. Treating canker sores
  6. Marking snow as an emergency signal.
  7. General disinfectant agent

Proceed with caution, however. The information provided in this article is intended for emergency situations only. Caution should be exercised when using any of the following information.

Click Here To Read How To Start A Fire And Purify Water With Potassium Permanganate

Previous post

Survival Bookshelf: Owning Your Survival, by Aaron Frankel

Next post

Henry 45 70 Government Lever Action Rifle Review

Leave a Comment!