Healthy & Cheap Soda Pop Alternative – Water Kefir Soda

Soda pop – it’s not only a bad habit, it’s unhealthy and expensive. However, if you crave the fizzy bottled drink, there is a healthy alternative that you can make at home. This alternative is called water kefir soda.

Water Kefir Soda

Making Kefir by David Niergarth, CC BY 2.0

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Quick and Inexpensive Mini Root Cellar

A root cellar is one of the most effective ways to store certain vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, turnips, and parsnips, for long periods of time. If you don’t have a root cellar, the good news is that you can easily build a miniature one using a new metal waste can with lid. Keep reading to find out how…

Mini Root Cellar

photo credit: My Potato Harvest by net_efekt, CC BY 2.0

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How to Harvest Tomato Seeds

Tomatoes are one of my favorite foods. You can eat them fresh from the garden, throw them in stews, or cook them down and use them in sauces. If you own canning equipment, my guess is that you have more than a few jars of spaghetti sauce, salsa, pizza sauce, and stewed tomatoes already in storage.

How to Harvest Tomato Seeds

photo credit: Heirloom Tomatoes by Denise Krebs, CC BY 2.0

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Start a Fire with Twisted Newspaper Fire Logs

Using newspaper to start a fire can be effective – you just have to do it right! Fortunately, it’s easy to make twisted newspaper fire logs.

Newspaper for Fire Starting

Newspaper Stack by Ivy Dawned, CC BY-SA 2.0

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How to Make a PVC Bow

I am always amazed at what people can make using PVC and a few simple hand tools. I think any good prepper stash should include a big supply of the plastic piping! For example, take the PVC bow pictured here. Awesome, huh? Not only is it functional, it’s also inexpensive to make – in fact, far cheaper to make than anything you can buy in the sporting goods store.

How to Make a PVC Bow

photo credit: PVC Bow by KGB Survivalist (on YouTube)

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Homemade Mosquito Repellent

It’s that time of the year in my neck of the woods – it’s impossible to go outside without being pestered by mosquitos and other bugs. Unfortunately, most commercial repellents (at least any of the effective ones) contain DEET, a chemical that I’m not too kicked up about putting on my skin, much less that of my kiddos. Fortunately, there are do it yourself alternatives using solutions made with essential oils, witch hazel and water.

Homemade Mosquito Repellent

photo credit: Spray Bottle by Barb Crawford, CC BY 2.0

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