May 7, 2017

Prepare to Help Your Community in an Emergency

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com There have been several large disasters in recent memory – Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the 2016 Louisiana floods, tornadoes, ice storms, where hundreds of people lose vital infrastructure, or are displaced.  It take several weeks or months to recover.    Even though a state of emergency is declared, sometimes even ahead of the event, people bemoan the fact that the government wasn’t around to provide much needed help.  Well, the truth of the […]

Substitutes for Toilet Paper

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I recently posted about being off-grid for 48 hours, and using a lot of baby wipes due to the lack of water during our adventure.  One thing that would run out quickly in a survival situation if you did not have a huge stockpile would be toilet paper.  Not having a lot of space we have about three months worth on hand right now, but that can run out quickly.  Also, a large […]

Off Grid Tip: How to Tell How Much Daylight is Left

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I mentioned a while back that we “unplugged” from devices at our recent camping trip:  no GPS, no cell phones or laptops.  The kids felt strange at first, but eventually got used to it. Apt Prepper son used this trick he learned watching Les Stroud, Survivorman – to find out how much time is left until the sky goes completely dark.  It was around 7 pm or so at the time, and he […]

Make Your Own Moisturizing Salve

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I have been looking for a homemade moisturizer recipe in a long time when I came across the recipe for Miracle Healing Salve over at Backdoor Survival. But I delayed in trying it out right away because I first had to gather up the ingredients (I’m on a budget) and I had a little mishap with essential oil that made me a bit shy about proceeding. After reading up on the proper ways […]

Update on Homemade Vanilla

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Back in November, I started my homemade vanilla project.  Now that it’s been three months, I wanted to let you know how it’s coming along. Every couple of weeks, whenever I remember to do so, I swirl the mixture around a few times. The mixture has now turned a much darker brown.  As far as smell, the vodka smell is still lingering, but the vanilla smell has gotten much stronger.   I don’t think […]

Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living

I was excited to receive a review copy of Recipes and Tips for Sustainable Living  by Stacy Harris.  Stacy has written several cookbooks and writes the Game & Garden blog. I am always interested in ways an apartment dweller living in the city can adapt a sustainable lifestyle so I asked the author, Stacy Harris the following question: What activities do you recommend for apartment dwellers living in the city who what to take small steps toward sustainable living? Stacy’s […]

Save some Money: Make your own Homemade Dishwashing Powder Detergent

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Trying to free up money to for emergency supplies means cutting back on expenses elsewhere.  One thing I am trying is to cut back on commercially made products, and replace them with homemade substitutes.  One project that turned out well was to make homemade liquid soap.  I found a good recipe for homemade dishwashing powder over at Survival Common Sense. Most of the grocery and Target stores in my area did not have […]

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap (from a Soap Bar)

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I tend to get itchy, chapped hands so I wanted to see if I can make an inexpensive liquid hand that is gentle and non-drying.  I am a big fan of Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Magic Soap, as you can see from this review.   So I used the soap bar version as a base for my liquid hand soap.  Here is what I did. Ingredients: 1 bar of soap – I used Dr. Bronner’s […]

How to Make Eggs Last Longer without a Refrigerator

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I like eggs for breakfast, especially “over easy” eggs.  Dehydrated eggs are great for scrambled eggs but I have not found a dehydrated egg product that can make eggs over easy. After a bit of research, I found out that making eggs last longer is very easy.  All you really need are fresh eggs and mineral oil.  Mineral oil is found in the first aid section of a pharmacy or even the grocery […]

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