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DIY Hand and Foot Warmer

December 26, 2016 aptprepper 2

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Although winter 2017 officially started on Dec. 21st, thousands of people have been experiencing the bitter cold for several weeks.  I thought I’d post a season appropriate project anyone can do. Some days I have really cold hands and feet and cannot seem to get warm no matter what I do.   So I decided to try making my own foot warmer. I originally saw this project in Surviving and Thriving a while back […]

DIY Heater for Emergencies

December 12, 2016 aptprepper 8

Each year, as the weather gets colder, I receive emails from readers who lose power in their homes or apartment.  They are worried about heating their space when the power is out.  I have written about keeping your apartment warm in the winter without power.   The following article provides some good instructions on making a homemade heater with items that are easy to obtain.  Please note this DIY heater is not meant to replace a heating system.  The flower pot […]

Natural DIY Remedies for Stings, Bites, Scratches, and Sunburns

September 28, 2016 aptprepper 0

The crisp fall weather has not yet appeared where I live.  It still feels like summer and we are still seeing stinging bugs such as wasps.  I wrote about Apt Prepper son got stung before and it is not pleasant.  Back then I did not know about natural remedies or essential oils.  They really work! DIY Remedies for Stings, Bites, Scratches, and Sunburns Here’s a neat infographic from Fix.com (shared with permission) that gives some great tips.   Source: Fix.com […]

Growing Vegetables in the Balcony

June 3, 2016 aptprepper 3

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com To become more self sufficient, a common piece of advice is to grow your own vegetables.   Ideally, you would have a nice sized backyard to start your garden, but apartment dwellers have very limited space.  So we decided to try growing some vegetables in the balcony.   I don’t have a lot of plants:  just a few tomatoes, peppers, mint, rosemary, basil, green onions, parsley and cilantro. Here are some ideas to get […]

Make Your Own Deodorizing Spray

March 25, 2016 aptprepper 5

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I had tried using deodorant substitutes before, and reported the results on the blog.  I thought it would be interesting to try out a actual recipe and see if it would work.  I found the original recipe on the Root Simple blog. Deodorizing Spray Ingredients: 1 tablespoon Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) Tea tree oil and Eucalyptus oil (I used Eden’s Garden but any brand should work) 1 cup of water Spray bottle In […]

10 Household Items You Can Make at Home

April 15, 2015 aptprepper 1

Since I started writing this blog, I’ve encouraged my readers to take small steps to becoming more self sufficient.  Being able to make things yourself helps you save time, money and allows you to be less dependent on store bought items.  Living in a small space should not stop you from trying do it yourself projects.  That’s why I enjoyed this article from LeAnn who writes The Homestead Dreamer. 10 Things I Stopped Buying at the Store  by LeAnn, The […]

Monday Musings: 12/15/2014 Sourdough Starter Test

December 15, 2014 aptprepper 2

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog. First the blog updates… Thanks to everyone who entered The Prescott Bag Giveaway – a winner has been and notified.  This was the last giveaway of the year, but expect you can expect giveaways to start up again in January. As for what I’ve been up to… Sourdough Starter Test After reviewing […]

Step into Herb Gardening

October 4, 2014 aptprepper 3

I have planted herbs in both a garden plot and in containers. For the most part, I prefer planting herbs in containers. This way I can bring them in easily, if the weather warrants it. Some of my herbs have successfully overwintered because I can keep them in a protected porch area. […]

Use Up that Mushy Watermelon – Watermelon Slushie

September 27, 2014 aptprepper 1

Every time I buy a watermelon half of it gets mushy in the refrigerator before it gets eaten. I end up throwing it away and I hate wasting food. Learning how to use leftovers is a good self-sufficiency skill and also a wise use of resources.

One day I decided to experiment with the leftover watermelon. I froze the mushy watermelon (seeds removed) chunks. […]

4 Tips for Small Space Gardening

September 13, 2014 aptprepper 3

Written by Mike Podlesny Just because you lack large amounts of space does not mean that you cannot grow a lot of the fresh fruits vegetables and herbs you consume. As long as you have an area that receives at least 4 hours of sunlight daily, is easy for you to water, you should be good to go.  Here are a few tips to help you get great results with small space gardening: GROW UP One of the best tips […]

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