Sanitation

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The truth about disinfectants: Q&A with an expert

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t keeping track of news coming out of China. The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has caused the Chinese government to shut down some of their largest cities, most popular tourist attractions, and as of today’s date, at least 16 airlines have canceled flights to and from China. These steps are unprecedented and require any smart person to keep one eye on the headlines and the other eye on your preps! In …

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37 Hygiene Items to Add to Your Survival Supplies

If you’ve ever been camping for more than 2 or 3 days, you know what it’s like to start feeling icky and grimy and in desperate need of a hot shower and clean clothes. Well, imagine yourself living through an extreme crisis like a Hurricane Harvey sized flood or a long-term power outage and facing a future with dirty clothes, grubby children, and fuzzy-feeling teeth. That’s when you’ll be eternally grateful that you stocked up on basic hygiene products like …

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An Off-Grid Laundry Solution: The Lavario Portable Clothes Washer

NOTE: Don’t miss the special coupon code following my review. When the power goes out, so do all the convenient appliances we depend on to make our lives easy. No dishwasher? You’ll have to wash all those dishes by hand. No microwave? You’ll have to warm that food up in a solar oven or over a rocket stove. No toaster or blender? You’ll just have to make do! The one task that quickly becomes never-ending and backbreaking is laundry. Have …

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Do You Know How to Clean Up a Biological Mess?

Just before Christmas, my family and I were shopping at a local big box store. Near the dressing rooms, my daughter spotted a young man totally passed out on the carpeted aisle, with a pile of vomit nearby. Since that’s not a normal thing, we immediately alerted a clerk. Being the Survival Mom, I was curious to see this store’s protocol when dealing with a biological mess like this, so I hovered in the distance to watch. Once the young …

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Living Off the Grid, (or Close to it) Urban Style

Admit it, you have been thinking about it. Off the grid living. Late at night, at the end of a long day, you have pictured your life off grid. Images of Little House on the Prairie come to mind. Maybe you ponder becoming a long bearded man living in the mountains, content to be a hermit. You are not alone in your thoughts, as more people are choosing an off grid lifestyle. Some are able to escape the noisy concrete …

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Clean Your Clothes Without Electricity

Our washing machine was not appreciated. It faithfully sat in the corner of our laundry room and dutifully agitated and spun the dirt away… until it broke last summer. It had served us well by cleaning 60 loads a month, but it was not worth repairing. This was our unplanned introduction to off the grid washing and putting into practice the skills needed to clean clothes without electricity. No one, except me, was enthusiastic about this new adventure. For two …

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Off-Grid Living: Take Care of Personal Hygiene 

The vast majority of people want to be clean and hygienic. Daily showers or baths (sometimes more than one!), multiple hand washings, and brushing teeth a couple times per day is the norm. If the grid goes down, we will still want to be clean, but it may get a little more difficult to do so. Here are a few things to remember about off-grid personal hygiene. Proper Hand Washing Many people wash their hands ineffectively. It is critical in …

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Survival Sanitation: Poop Party Chit-Chat, an Essential Family Conversation

Pooping…there’s nothing we like better as a society than sharing our defecation experiences. OK, you got me. This is not a subject for “proper” conversation. While we all have to do the “Number 2” to survive, it remains a very private experience. Couples that don’t think twice about urinating in front of each other draw the line here. Under normal circumstances, the details of elimination are pretty straightforward. Wipe, flush, and you’re done. But in a significant disaster, our options …

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A Review of the Diva Cup

A few weeks ago a reader asked if I would address feminine hygiene issues as they relate to preparedness and survival in less-than sanitary conditions. So here we go. When I first began storing a bit of extra foods and other essentials, I stocked up on numerous boxes of tampons and a few boxes of sanitary pads. I watched for coupons for my favorite brand and tried to buy them when they were on sale. This wasn’t a bad strategy. …

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On everybody’s mind: Toilet troubles

I’ve heard parents refer to their children’s “tummy issues” as “toilet troubles”, but this article isn’t about indigestion or the stomach flu.  It’s about a question that keeps popping up either in emails or comments.  Here are two recent examples: If during a disaster a person starts running low on water, how does a person plan for a portable toilet in town? What’s the best way to deal with human waste if the grid is off? My daughter and I …

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