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Electrical Category: Blackout Preparedness

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How to make a homemade candle when there is an electrical blackout easily with just some common household items.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Cooking oil

  • String

  • Scissors

  • Glass measuring cup (that is microwave safe and otherwise heat resistant)

  • Metal pan (big enough to house the glass measuring cup)

  • Matches

  • Lighter

Guide:

 

In the course of a blackout, if you do not have a flashlight handy that is working, you may be able to create your own homemade candle that can provide enough vibrant light in a room, all with the use of just some common household items.  With some effort, this can be done in no time when in need of temporary, lasting light during such a blackout.

Caution: Of course, when dealing with combustible material, such as a lighter or matches, make sure you take precautions.  When dealing with devices that generate heat, such as the heat this glass measuring cup may contain as a result of the lit string, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions. 

Making a homemade candle can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. Pour about a half a cup (or about 4 ounces) of cooking oil into a glass measuring cup.

  2. Next, place this glass measuring cup, with the cooking oil in it already, in a metal cooking pan so that the cup is no longer in contact with anything other than the pan, itself.

  1. Then, functioning as a wick, insert a piece of string (about 4 to 5 inches, give or take) into the glass measuring cup (that is still in the metal pan); use a pair of scissors, as may be necessary, to cut the string to size.

  2. Next, with a lighter or matches, ignite/light the string that is in the glass measuring cup (that is still in the metal pan) so that this string becomes a wick that has been ignited for light to be emitted as a candle.

  1. Make sure the string remains in the glass measuring cup, and that this cup remains in the metal pan.

That's how to make a homemade candle when there is an electrical blackout easily with just some common household items.

Ed the Handyman

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