When you’re homesteading, any trick that will make your life easier is a good thing! We’ve found several different hacks that will help make things more efficient and, in the case of an emergency, will help make your life less difficult. Remember that the idea behind any life hack is simplicity. If it doesn’t hasten the process or make things more efficient, it’s not a hack! Here you go.
Make a Lantern from a Coke Can
There are actually two ways of doing this, depending upon how much light you want.
For the first method, just add olive oil or lantern oil to the can until it’s about a quarter of the way full. Add a long strip of T-shirt material or other cotton that’s long enough to reach from the hole in the can to the bottom of it.
Flip the top over the hole of the can and bring the cotton through that hole. Allow the cotton “wick” to draw the oil up through it and then light it. You have an instant oil lamp that will burn for hours and is refillable.