10 Fire Starting Materials You Probably Have at Home

start a fire with household materials 10 Fire Starting Materials You Probably Have at Home

You’ll Never Believe Which Household Items Come in Handy in a Survival Situation

You probably don’t realize just how many items you have at home that you can use as a fire starter.

Here are 10 items from around the house to get that fire started!

Paper Products

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Newspaper, paper towels, toilet paper, and scrap paper are go-to items for starting wood stoves and fireplaces. A dry bit of paper can be a lifesaver in campfire building as well.

Bonus survival use: Crumpled balls of paper make good insulation if stuffed into your clothing!

Cotton Gauze

cotton gauze

Raiding the first aid kit for tinder is a sure sign that you’re in an ugly situation. Paper-wrapped cotton gauze is there as a wound dressing, but it’s also very flammable.

Dryer Lint

dryer lint

This dusty fluff is extremely flammable because it consists entirely of cotton fibers. Just keep it dry and it will light with sparks or an open flame.

Cotton Balls

cotton balls

One of my favorite things to use for tinder! Either dry cotton balls or ones soaked in petroleum jelly will make a great fire starter. The dry ones will burn for 20 seconds or so. Greased-up cotton balls will burn up to 5 minutes.

Check out these waterproof fire starters from our friends at DIY Ready. They are so simple to make and are very handy!

Also, check out this project, DIY pill bottle fire starter. A fun project and great to bring along to your family camping trips! Also, a great addition to your bug out bag.

9V Battery and Steel Wool

battery and steel wool

Check out this video on how you can start a fire with a 9V battery and steel wool. It’s quick and easy. My advice… if you pack these 2 items in your bug out bag (or any other pack), make sure that the 9V battery and the steel wool are packed separately. It’s almost certain they will ignite if placed together!



A lighter is a must have for any survivalist. As I always say, have one in the house, one in the bug out bag, one in the car, and one in your day pack or purse.

Magnifying Glass

magnifying glass

You can start a fire without a spark by using a magnifying glass. Another item that should be in your home and a must have item for your bug out bag.

Trick Birthday Candles

Bday Candles

The benefit of using trick birthday candles? They will not blow out in the wind! Genius!



The cotton fibers, when separated, make great tinder!

Check out this video by Sensible Prepper for other great survival tips using tampons!

Char Cloth

char cloth

Making char cloth is a simple process. I find that the material of a bandanna works best….lights right up! Having some pre-made to carry with you (or to have at home) is a sure way you’ll start a fire every time.

Watch the following video, by Alfie Aesthetics, on how to make perfect char cloth.

Check out these other great videos on fire starting techniques!

Cell Phone and Steel Wool

Batteries and Gum Wrapper

Using The Sun To Start a Fire

If you have any fire starting tips you would like to share, share them with us in the comments below!

Want to learn more about DIY fire starters? Check out this waterproof fire starter tutorial from our friends at DIY Ready.

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