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Learning to Survive When Water is Scarce

Learning to Survive When Water is Scarce

When disaster strikes, it is easy to overlook the importance of personal hygiene. However, a clean body is just as important as a clean environment. In fact, cleanliness helps stave off sickness and disease. During a disaster, the amount of water used for showers can be greatly reduced. Don’t let this get you down. You will just need to learn how to do thing differently. Learning how to clean and sanitize using minimal water is possible and essential!

On average, Americans use 100 gallons or more of water daily. Most people do not realize how much water they use until a disaster strikes. Would you really want to try to haul that much water to your house each day? When a disaster strikes, you could find yourself needing to carry every gallon you will be using.


When people think of stockpiling for a disaster, they often think of food, drinking water and toilet paper; however, most people do not consider the other items they will need should a disaster strike. Keeping a few extra bottles of shampoo, mouthwash and conditioner, along with toothpaste and soap can help keep you clean. There are several other items that can help in the event of a disaster, including feminine hygiene products, antibacterial gel and diaper wipes. Diaper wipes can be used to clean up dirty hands, faces and bodies, while antibacterial gel can eliminate germs from your hands. Another item that can help keep you healthy is disinfecting wipes. These wipes can disinfect hard surfaces to help prevent the spread of germs.

Clean Hands, Healthy Body

One of the best ways to stay healthy when a disaster strikes is to keep your hands clean. This can be accomplished with antibacterial wipes or gel. If you will be washing your hands, it is important to know how to properly wash your hands. Never use a basin to help save water. Washing your hands in a basin can allow germs to be transferred from person to person. Instead, pour a small amount of water over your hands, lather up and scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds. Then, rinse thoroughly by pouring a small amount of water over your hands.

Antibacterial Hand Gel

Antibacterial hand wipes and gels allow you to disinfect your hands without using any water. Place a dime sized amount on your hands and briskly rub your hands together until the gel is dry. Although it will not get dirt off your hands, it will ensure that they are biologically clean and free of germs.


The average person uses between 30 and 40 gallons of water while showering. When a disaster strikes, this will not be possible. Fortunately, you can still take a “shower” and conserve water. Place your water in a small bucket and use a cup to pour water over your body. Lather up and then rinse off using this method. Many third-world countries still use this method today, and it is quite an effective way to get clean and conserve water. In fact, you can bathe your entire body with a little under a gallon of water.

Keeping Your Hair Clean

Most people wash their hair every day. However, it actually is not necessary to wash your hair that often. Washing your hair requires a lot of water. There are several ways to cleanse the hair without using any water. One of the most cost efficient ways to do this is by sprinkling your hair with baking soda and brushing. This method will help remove the excess oils from the hair and scalp, allowing you to go a week or longer without washing your hair.

Bathroom Breaks

When you do not have water in your home, you will be unable to flush your toilet. There are several options available during a disaster, including a composting toilet or an outhouse. If you have access to a composting toilet, you are in luck! However, most people do not and they must depend on building an outhouse. Building an outhouse is very easy. Simply dig a deep hole in your backyard and construct a building around it. When digging your hole, remember the deeper you dig the hole, the longer you will be able to use it! Finally, build your outhouse away from any water source. Bacteria found in human waste can travel approximately 100 feet underground and can contaminate your water source.

Portable Toilet

If you are unable to dig an outhouse, you can build a portable toilet with a toilet seat and a bucket. Mount your toilet seat to a five gallon bucket for an impromptu toilet. Once the seat is mounted, place plastic bags inside the bucket to keep the bucket clean. After you have used the toilet several times, remove the bag, tie it closed and place it in your outdoor trash can for proper disposal.

Planning for a Disaster

The best way to manage a disaster is to plan ahead of time. This means stockpiling food, water and personal hygiene supplies. This will ensure you have what you need should a disaster strike. Begin training your family now on how to conserve water by limiting the amount of time spent in the shower. Finally, have items on hand to build an outhouse or better yet, go ahead and construct one and make it part of your landscape. There are many pretty designs that you can use.

Learning how to conserve water can help you survive in the event of a disaster. Failure to conserve water during a disaster can result in death or disease. If you are fortunate enough to be near a body of water, you could haul water; however, that can be difficult.

You can teach those members who refuse to conserve water a lesson by having them haul water to your house. Before long, they will be the ones that complain the most about others wasting water.

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