Turn Your Regular Matches Into The Strike Anywhere Variety

Turn Your Regular Matches Into The Strike Anywhere Variety

This one’s for those times when you open up the cupboard and find 20 large boxes of “strike on box” matches, when all you really want is one box of “strike anywhere”. As this video shows, making your own is as easy as sanding off the phosphorous that’s on the side of the box, mixing it with a little water, and dipping the matches into it.

Let the matches dry, and presto-chango: Strike anywhere matches. To make the matches even more effective, you can try double-dipping them after they dry, or even adding shavings from other match heads to the mixture.

Strike anywhere matches are getting harder to find in regular stores, so this tip can make getting ready for a camping trip or putting together an emergency preparedness kit a whole lot easier. Just be sure to store them safely, since they don’t take much friction to get started.

Strike Anywhere Matches [Instructables]


  • Good stuff!

    Speaking of storing, LifeHacker have you given any thought to an article on storage of strike anywheres? I think a lot of people like me are interested in them but put off by fear of accidental striking.

  • Ok, that’s fine, but there’s a reason they make matches the way they do. Rather than going to this amount of trouble, you may as well go and buy a Bic lighter….

  • They are not unstable and can be stored in a pocket on a box. This is my video and i have an instructable to. one person on instructables made these and coment: Once the phosphorus has been covered with a layer of “heads’ they are pretty safe. I threw a box at the wall with a few completed ones in it and nothing happened to them. 🙂
    I was kind of hoping i could they would ignite like this

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