This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
When you live in a small space, you don’t have a lot of room to store a lot of supplies. But you can learn an unlimited amount of survival skills and tips you can use if an emergency were to come up.
If you find yourself in a power outage at home or at a friend’s house and you don’t have any candles or flashlights, here’s a quick way to make an emergency light* with things you can find in most homes.
You will need:
shot glass or votive candle holder (baby food jar would work too)
cotton ball (100% cotton)
- Fill the container with 2/3 salt.
- Add around two to three tablespoons of vegetable oil. Stir until salt and oil are well mixed.
- Spread out the cotton ball and wrap it around the entire toothpick until the whole toothpick is covered.
- Smear some petroleum jelly on 1/2 of the cotton wrapped toothpick.
- Place the toothpick in the center of the salt-oil mixture, with the petroleum jelly end on top.
- Light the cotton wrapped toothpick.
That’s it! Your salt and oil light is ready to use. It should last for about two hours.
Here is a You Tube video of how I made the emergency light.
*Adapted from Olive Oil Lamps by Ron Brown
© Apartment Prepper 2017