September 24, 2017

Make Your Own Waterproof Matches

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com We recently stocked up on matches from the Dollar Tree- we got 16 boxes for just $1.  I thought it would be a good idea to make some of them waterproof. Why would you need waterproof matches? Fire is necessary for survival, for warmth and as a way to cook food.  In case of flooding or even extreme humidity, matches can get wet and you will be unable to use them.  They also […]

5 Tips to Start Your Apartment Garden with Very Little Money

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been seeing Facebook posts about starting up this year’s garden.  I know it is still early March and in many areas the cold is still lingering.  But it is not a bad idea to start thinking about growing a few herbs and vegetables in your apartment balcony or patio. With a little planning, you can get your apartment garden started a minimal cost.  That’s why it’s best to get started early. Set […]

Make Hibiscus Tea from Dried Flowers

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I never knew flowers were edible until my mother in law told me about edible zucchini flowers and hibiscus flower tea. At first I thought it would be gross to eat a flower, but now that I am interested in self sufficiency skills, it actually makes sense. I thought it would be a good skill to learn how to make tea from dried flowers. I think it’s great to be able to […]

DIY Hand and Foot Warmer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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