Thursday, May 3, 2012

Survival Kit: Potassium Permanganate

Potassium Permanganate can be used for:
Water purification (slightest visible purple tin coloration in water is enough)
Desinfecting wounds and fungal infections (add crytals until you have pink colored water)
Yes, fingernail fungus as well ...
Emegency Singals in snow or clear water (making a purple solution and spreading it in a distress signal patter such as an X or SOS.

4 Lbs Potassium Permanganate
WARNING:Potassium Permanganate can be very dangerous and fatal, avoid direct contact with skin. It is deadly if you eat the crysals directly or drink large quantities. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN!!!!



Anonymous said...

I used to do a lot with KMnO4 as a chemistry experimenter kid. Very good oxidizer means it not only kills germs, also can be mixed with stuff to deal with bad guys.

Google around.

Anonymous said...

I guess KMnO4 is better than nothing as a fire starter but if I had to choose, I'd just pack another cigarette lighter (maybe a turboflame). Also, KMnO4 doesn't care what it oxidizes. If you used a hand lotion recently don't handle KMnO4 any time soon! Finally, if you do insist on carrying it as a fire-starter, make sure you keep your brake-fluid, or whatever you are using with it, in an entirely separate place, like someone else's pack.

smalls said...

Excellent post. Potassium permanganate has been known about for a long time, but the knowledge has largely been lost. My mother says that during a cholera outbreak in Russia years ago, people who knew about and used PP to sterilize their water never got sick. I got 5 pounds for around 30 bucks on ebay. Should last a few lifetimes.