Used oil sounds like something you need to get rid of but there has got to be a better way of either tossing it or reusing it. We prefer the latter suggestion and here are some things you might want to consider doing!
Read This BEFORE Reusing Motor Oil
While used motor oil is a common part of daily life, that does not mean it can be handled without precautions, and here are a few of them.
At a minimum, wear latex or rubber gloves. Aside from tiny bits of metal, reused motor oil also contains all kinds of chemicals that can cause rashes, dizziness, nausea, or other ailments if they get absorbed by your skin. It is best to use oil resistant gloves, or ones that are rated for use with a wide range of toxic chemicals.
Oil resistant garments – any kind of spill can allow oil to get through your clothing and into contact with your skin.
Oil resistant shoes or boots – make sure that the soles are also oil resistant.
Get a breathing mask or respirator that will filter out any harmful agents that might be found in the motor oil.
And finally, here’s how to use the motor oil instead of throwing it away:
1. Mix with Creosote to Weatherize Wood
Even though many people have used plain motor oil to preserve wood over the years, it is best to mix it with some creosote in order to avoid dry rot. You will also find that used motor oil can make a very slick surface.
While this may be ok for fence posts, it can pose problems for floors or other areas where you need some traction.
2. Protect Wood From Insects and Animals
When people think about protecting wood from the elements, they are usually most concerned with water and dampness. Insects and animals can also wreak havoc on wood and cause it to be destroyed very quickly.
In particular, if you have a homestead or farm with horses or other large animals, they might want to chew on wooden posts or other objects. Motor oil mixed into creosote will create a taste these animals do not like; and thus deter them from chewing on the wood.
On the next page discover additional creative ways to use motor oil for a variety of survival projects. A few of these methods are sure to help you during a SHTF situation when warmth or light is needed. Head to the next page to find out how to use motor oil to help you make it through a collapse!