prepping and sanitation

Sanitation Survival Item 14: Paper towels.
You'll be running out of towels and paper towels can provide
some relief from doing the laundry. Shop towels are a more
durable alternative.

  • Shop Towels. To pack dish towels in a small space,
    consider Shop Towels. Intended for automotive clean-up
    tasks, shop towels are a handy addition to the Prepper
    house. The strong, absorbent towels, like the Scott brand,
    pictured at the bottom of the page, are great for wiping
    hands and cleaning up grease, oil, grime, and fluids. You'll
    need fewer than ordinary paper towels, so it will take up
    less space.

Sanitation Survival item #15: Laundry Soap, clothes
line and clothes pins.
It's interesting to note that dirt compromises the integrity of
clothes in terms of warmth. Dirts and oils degrade clothing and
can have a significant impact on survival in select situations, so
it's important in uncertain times to remain as clean as possible,
particularly if bugging out. Woolite laundry soap, pictured right,
is a good bugout bag item to carry!

  • Charlie's Soap Bucket. Hypoallergenic and safe for those
    with sensitive skin, Charlie's Soap Laundry Powder will help
    you "Live green and be clean." One bucket is good for 1250
    standard wash loads. A clear, scent-free laundry powder
    that cleans thoroughly, rinses completely, and leaves no
    residue, you'll need just one tablespoon per large load!
    Imagine the space you'll save! (Also, this bucket is
    formulated for high efficiency washing machines. It's well
    worth the initial investment.

Prepper's Challenge - Off the Grid Laundry Day: Try doing
laundry off the grid! In the simplest form, doing laundry off the
grid requires a water source, plus, you'll need a family size
washboard, a galvanized bucket a wringer washer, and of course
a clothes line. Do a week's worth of laundry without using
electricity. The exercise will enable you to understand your
family's needs in the event the unthinkable happens and we're
all forced to
live off the grid.

Families who live off the grid invest, as the Amish do, in the
post-war era style wringer washers generated by diesel. (Go
figure that the Amish do not live with electricity, but apparently
have no problem with diesel and other gas.)

To wash clothes without electricity, you'll need:
  1. Washboard to get out the main dirt.
  2. Galvanized metal bucket to soak clothes.
  3. Hand wringer for clothes, pictured left.
  4. Clothes line or a clothes rack.

While it's true that humans have survived without toilets and
toilet paper, and without hand sanitizers and antibacterials
since the dawn of mankind, these luxuries are not to be
overlooked. At first this would seem a minor annoyance not to
have toilet paper, or a quick clean with a hand sanitizer, but in
the later stages it could mean the difference between life or
death. Hygiene is of ultimate importance as infections can arise
from simple mishaps.

Happy endings...
The sanitation issues preppers may face in crisis need not lead
to death. With proper hygiene supplies in place and proper
training, preppers can actively keep a family or group from
illness and disease with a few modifications to the normal

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Sanitation Survival Item #13: Paper plates, plastic
cup and utensils.
Keeping your utensils and cookware clean will take extra water.
Doing dishes will be an interesting problem best solved by not
doing them at all. Stock up on disposable paper plates, bowls
and utensils to keep dish cleaning at a minimum.
Sanitation Survival Item #5: Infectious Waste Bags.
Double Doodie bags will contain the Luggable Loo toilet system.
Trash bag may perform the same function. But for biohazardous
waste in a pandemic situation, you'll want further controls, such
as infectious waste bags.

  • Double Doodie. Pictured immediate left, Double Doodie
    toilet waste bags are designed for easy, no mess waste
    disposal. Each bag consists of an inner bag and an outer bag
    that seals easily and is leak proof. Use Double Doodie with
    Luggable Loo toilets as well as most other portable toilets.

Sanitation Survival Item #6: Sewage Treatment.
You could stock up on kitty litter, but you'd have to amass quite a
bit for a long term crisis. Here are some alernaties.

  • Aqua-Kem Toss Ins Holding Tank Deodorant: Pictured
    right, the Aqua-Kem Toss Ins is a holding tank deodorant in
    water soluble packs that's conveniently pre-measured.  
    Specially formulated for RV and marine holding tanks and all
    portable toilets, it's biodegradable, has  fresh scent and is
    safe for septic tanks.

  • Bio Clean: Natural Bacteria Enzymes found in Bio Clean can
    help you treat any type of raw sewage pit or cesspool. The
    bacteria used in Bio-Clean is grown in incubators and then
    dried and mixed with enzymes and other helpers. They lie
    dormant until they are mixed with water, and then it is
    hungry and active in about 30 minutes. Each piece of
    bacteria eats its own weight in waste in about one minute,
    but they also multiply. Bio Clean is a specially formulated
    blend of natural bacteria and powerful enzymes that digest
    dead organic waste material. Ideal for septic tanks, Happy
    Preppers will find it extremely useful and environmentally
    friendly product for processing waste.

  • RID-X: The powder formula of RID-X is scientifically
    formulated with special bacteria and enzymes to digest
    household waste. Simultaneously RID-X replenishes the
    delicate balance of beneficial bacteria and enzymes that help
    reduce the rate of sludge accumulation in your tank. RID-
    breaks down toilet paper, vegetable matter; while the lipase
    breaks down fats, oils, and grease; and protease breaks
    down proteins; and amylase breaks down starches.

Sanitation Survival item #7: Latex Gloves.
If you don't have latex gloves, now's the time to stock up. Not
only are they valuable in your first aid kit, and in pandemic
situations, but you'll need a barrier between you and
contaminants in sewage disposal or other unsavory tasks.

Sanitation Survival Item #8: Liquid Hand Soap.
Ordinary liquid hand soap is highly effective for your sanitation
needs, and you don't necessarily need antibacterial soap.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health in an article
which soap is best (antibacterials soap vs. plain soap),
"Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than plain soap and
water for killing disease-causing germs outside of health care
settings." They recommend liquid soap over bar soap as germs
can grow on bar soap more easily.

Sanitation Survival item #9: Bleach.
Sanitizing with bleach is a popular and economical method for
preppers to deal with sanitation. But note that bleach expires! A
good alternative to bleach is Steramine tablets, pictured
immediate left. One  bottle makes 150 gallons of cleaning

Sanitation Survival item #10: Steramine Tablets.
Steramine Quaternary sanitizing tablets is an economical
household sanitizer for preppers. One bottle makes 150 gallons of
cleaning. Steramine sanitizing tablets do not irritate the skin and
it's fine to use on food equipment. Mix one tablet with a gallon of
water and use in the bathroom or kitchen. Spray on knives and
butchering equipment, and cutting boards, sinks, counter tops,
and all other non-porous articles and surfaces. Made in the U.S.A.

Sanitation Survival item #11: Lysol.
Every Prepper should stock Lysol Disinfectant, which kills 99.9%
of the germs, according to the product labeling. Lysol effectively
kills Influenza A and B viruses, Asian influenza A Virus,
Polio virus
Type 1 and Hepatitis A Virus among many other viruses, bacteria
and fungi. It works for a home infected with Lice. Read the
precautionary statements on the labeling, and store away from
the reach of children.

Sanitation Survival item #11: Personal hygiene
(diapers, tampons, adult diapers and wipes).
Personal hygiene in a family will vary depending needs, ranging
from sanitary napkins, diapers or even adult diapers, and
preppers should take stock of needs to ensure adequate supplies.

Of utmost importance to any prepper is the ability to stay healthy
and fight infection, and keeping clean is high on the priority.  

  • Baby wipes. The problem with baby wipes is that they often
    have a certain smell.

  • Fresh Bath. Made in the USA, Fresh Bath, pictured right, is a
    biodegradable product that's a proprietary mix of
    antibacterial agents, vitamins, and moisturizers to help you
    stay clean when a bath is not convenient or possible. Large
    enough to clean and refresh your entire body with just one
    wipe, you get 8 wipes per package.  Fresh Bath is a tough
    cloth soaked in emollients with a mild scent. Fresh Bath
    might not be for everyone in ordinary circumstances, but it's
    a better alternative to baby wipes, and an absolute essential
    in preparing for uncertain times.

  • Sun shower.  A solar shower is another good way to keep
    clean without running hot water.

Sanitation Survival Item #12: Dish washing soap.
Stock up on dish washing soap whenever it goes on sale. Check
the Dollar Stores too, but look carefully at the description. You'll
want the Ultra Concentrated version, which also usually has a
tighter seal (and will help you dispense less of the liquid).
Sanitation Survival Item #4. Bidet.
Not often on the list of other prepper Web sites, a bidet is an
unusual prep. A bidet is a water bath for your genital and anal
area. In the old days a bidet was common and was simply an oval
basin. Today a bidet is often used for recovering from childbirth to
keep the area clean. For a sanitizing effect, you'll need only small
bottle with the appropriate hygienic water stream angle, such as
Blue Bidet, pictured at the top right-hand corner of the page. Blue
Bidet costs under $10 and could be one of the more important
survival items in your arsenal.
Sanitation prepping supplies
Setting up a basic off-grid sanitation and toilet system

Prepper toilets and how to set up a sanitation station:
Proper sanitation is important in the aftermath of a catastrophe,
because the power grid could go down for an extended period and
after a while your toilet won't work. While it's true you can flush
the toilet even when the electricity is off, eventually the sewer
system will backup and you won't be able to flush.

The answer is to set up a sanitation station. In the simplest
form, a complete sanitation system includes:
  • a sanitation bucket and seat
  • bags to collect and contain waste
  • a supply of toilet paper and baby wipes
  • wet towels or soap and water for handwashing; and
  • a way to treat sewage with a bacteria enzyme treatment to
    contain the smell. Kitty litter is a simple solution as well.

More luxurious accommodations, could include an outhouse, a

compositing toilet
system, or a built in septic tank.

How to set up a Sanitation Station
Following is a list of survival items to stockpile to ensure proper
sanitation in survival times:

Sanitation Survival Item #1: Camping Toilet.
While sanitation is never a pleasant subject, it's important to
make preparations before the "S" hits the fan. You'll need a place
to "let it go." Because in the aftermath of a catastrophe, the
municipal sanitation system may go terribly awry. If for example,
the power grid goes down for an extended period (as with an
Electromagnet Pulse situation) it means that toilets simply won't
work after a while. Toilets rely on electricity stations to pump in
fresh water and flush out the waste.

Here are some options to the toilet you use every day:

  • Portable Toilet set. Pictured right in red, the portable toilet
    set includes the bucket and latrine seat complete with 5
    liners, 5 chemical toilet packs with deodorizer, as well as
    toilet paper, gloves for sanitary changing and even hand
    sanitizer. They've thought of everything! Stock extra
    infectious waste bags.

  • Luggable Loo Portable Toilet. This five-gallon bucket,
    pictured at the top of the page, is the most economically
    priced portable toilet. It's bucket style with a traditional
    snap-on, hinged seat and cover.  The Luggable Loo portable
    toilet is  compatible with standard Double Doodie bag from
    Reliance Products, which means virtually no clean-up and
    waste disposal is a snap when used together.

  • Porta potty. The sturdy portable toilet, pictured left in
    black, features a home-like design. It operates on batteries
    to flush, an integrates a toilet paper holder.

  • Composting Toilet. For an off-grid bugout location, or if you
    have an R.V., consider a composting toilet.

Sanitation Survival Item #3: Toilet paper.
Having adequate supply of toilet paper is a "no brainer" for
preppers. In the aftermath of an economic catastrophe, it's
possible for the production of toilet paper to run out. It might
also become too dangerous to source toilet paper because of a
pandemic or rioting. Don't even think of resorting to wiping with
the pages of a telephone books, when you can simply plan ahead.
Stock up when things go on sale. Cottonelle, pictured right, can
be mailed to your door by Amazon.

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