Personal hygiene and sanitation during a crisis don’t usually become a problem unless your water supply gets cut off or the septic lines get damaged. During a flood, the sewage system can get flooded and become a foul mess.
It’s at times like these that you need to understand how to ration your water for your hygiene and sanitation needs.
Do you have enough water?
If you’ve been a prepper and storing enough water for tough times, you’ll have enough to work the flush in your toilet. Ideally, you should follow the rule, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.”
Do note that you can conserve water for your flushing needs. The water used to flush your toilet does NOT have to be potable. If you’re washing your dishes or vegetables in a basin, collecting the water to flush your toilet will work just as well.
If the septic lines are damaged, you’ll not be able to use the flush system. During times like these, you’re better off using buckets and trash bags to hold the waste. The waste can then be stored in a trash can until an opportune time arises to dispose of it.
It’s messy and not a fun situation, but it can happen.
Supplies that you MUST store
It goes without saying that you should store toothbrushes, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, rubber gloves, soap, shampoo, dental floss, toilet paper, wet wipes, a couple of buckets, heavy duty garbage bags, disinfectant sprays/deodorizers, kitty litter/charcoal (to absorb odors), etc.
Women will need to store feminine supplies for themselves. Having these items and more will help with your personal hygiene needs during a crisis.
There should be enough of each item stored to last you through a crisis. Always remember to store water to brush your teeth, shower, etc.
If you’re bugging out, you’ll not need to dig holes in the ground to do your business. Times have changed and technology is advanced. You can easily find portable toilets sold on Amazon that come equipped with a flush and detachable waste tanks for effortless cleaning.
One of the biggest bugbears that people have when staying outdoors is the inconvenience of using the toilet. With one of these portable toilets, you can maintain some sanity when using the toilet and things will seem much easier.
Solar shower bags
These shower bags are designed for outdoor use. They can keep the water warm and you’ll be able to see exactly how much water you’re using. You can also use these indoors.
They’re more efficient than using bottles or buckets and scoops for your showers. If you fill up the bag with 3 gallons of water, you’ll be able to keep an eye on how much water you’re using and will not use up too much.
Rinse, soap and rinse again. Save as much water as you can. If you have a large enough basin to stand in, or you’re able to collect the shower water in a bath tub, this water can be used to flush your toilet. You’ll be conserving as much water as you can.
Of course, during a crisis you’ll still need to wash your clothes albeit less frequently. Washing machines use up a lot of water, and if your power or water supply is cut off, you’ll not be able to use them.
So, you’ll need to do your laundry in a bucket and use a washboard. Ideally, you should have stored detergent supplies too.
If you searched on Amazon, you would be able to find many times of portable clothes washers that you can use outdoors if you’re bugging out. You could use them indoors too and they’ll help you to save even more water.
At the end of the day, your goal should be to store all the supplies that you’ll need to stay clean during a crisis and also ensure that you have enough water to get by, while conserving as much as you can. That sums it up in a nutshell.