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10 Ways To Save Your Life That Will Blow Your Mind

Instant first aid kit. Take notes, then pay it forward — donate blood.

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Once you've cleaned the wounded area, apply a dab of glue and rub it around before it dries. Ta-da — temporary skin!

Once you've cleaned the wounded area, apply a dab of glue and rub it around before it dries. Ta-da — temporary skin!

Baking soda heals pretty much anything it touches. Add some to your bath to soothe a sunburn, make a thicker paste and apply to spot-based ailments, or mix a spoonful with a glass of drinking water to help with indigestion.

Baking soda heals pretty much anything it touches. Add some to your bath to soothe a sunburn, make a thicker paste and apply to spot-based ailments, or mix a spoonful with a glass of drinking water to help with indigestion.

A dash of vinegar can help get rid of toxins in drinking water. It can also neutralize odors which, in some apartments, is a definite lifesaver.

A dash of vinegar can help get rid of toxins in drinking water. It can also neutralize odors which, in some apartments, is a definite lifesaver.

Charcoal can do so much more than help you host a barbecue — it can help you remove sediments from ground water and turn it into drinking water. Find out how.

Charcoal can do so much more than help you host a barbecue — it can help you remove sediments from ground water and turn it into drinking water. Find out how.

Tweezers can actually spread the bee's venom onto the skin, which could result in even more pain (or danger, if you're allergic). Run a credit card along the skin to push the stinger out and keep the venom as contained as possible.

Tweezers can actually spread the bee's venom onto the skin, which could result in even more pain (or danger, if you're allergic). Run a credit card along the skin to push the stinger out and keep the venom as contained as possible.

If you find yourself in need of an emergency debris mask, use a bra cup to cover your mouth. You can even tie the straps around your head to keep things hands free.

If you find yourself in need of an emergency debris mask, use a bra cup to cover your mouth. You can even tie the straps around your head to keep things hands free.

Plastic wrap can serve as an effective bandage for wounds and burns. It's sterile when you take it off the roll and can be applied to the skin without any additional ointment. Ambulances even keep it on hand!

Plastic wrap can serve as an effective bandage for wounds and burns. It's sterile when you take it off the roll and can be applied to the skin without any additional ointment. Ambulances even keep it on hand!

Who knew all that emergency canned food you bought could help you sustain a flame? Just punch a hole in the top of the can and roll up some newspaper for a wick.

Who knew all that emergency canned food you bought could help you sustain a flame? Just punch a hole in the top of the can and roll up some newspaper for a wick.

Cute AND functional. Not only can long socks help you stay warm, but they can be used to tie a sling or a tourniquet if necessary — just take note that you may need to rip the socks and turn them into sheets of cloth.

Cute AND functional. Not only can long socks help you stay warm, but they can be used to tie a sling or a tourniquet if necessary — just take note that you may need to rip the socks and turn them into sheets of cloth.

When you have no other option, gunpowder can help you cauterize a wound. It won't be pretty — you have to sprinkle the powder onto your wound, then light it on fire — but at least you'll be channeling Rambo himself.

When you have no other option, gunpowder can help you cauterize a wound. It won't be pretty — you have to sprinkle the powder onto your wound, then light it on fire — but at least you'll be channeling Rambo himself.

Or save someone else's life — donate blood.

Canadian Blood Services is always in need of donations. Make a difference in someone else’s life today.
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Canadian Blood Services is always in need of donations. Make a difference in someone else’s life today.

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Canadian Blood Services does not endorse the above as professional medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriate health care worker.