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Personal Hygiene When There Is No Water Service

Personal Hygiene When There  Is No Water  Service

With the many things you need to prepare for in the case of a disaster, it can be easy to overlook personal hygiene. But personal hygiene is essential if you want to stay healthy as disease and illness often go hand-in-hand with filth. In fact, one of the biggest causes of disease in the world is human waste. Disposing of this waste improperly can lead to severe health issues.

Taking care of hygiene during a crisis isn’t difficult, but it will require a little bit of knowledge to learn new ways of doing common things. Most importantly, it requires that you learn to clean using methods that minimize water use since water will be something that you won’t want to waste.

The average person in America uses over a hundred gallons of water in a single day. Would you use that amount of water if it meant you had to personally haul it from your local river or lake? No way! But, if the water service in your city goes out and you don’t have a personal well, you may find yourself needing to haul each gallon of water that is used in your home.

Start Your Stockpile Now

Make sure you stockpile supplies for personal hygiene along with the food and materials you collect for your survival kit. Having a few extra bottles of shampoo and tubes of toothpaste can last a long time. Toilet paper will pose a larger problem, as families tend to go through it quickly. It can take up a lot of room to stockpile the amount of toilet paper you will need to get through a crisis. Also, don’t forget feminine hygine products, or you may find yourself in the company of some very displeased women.

Hands Should Always Be Kept Clean

Your hands are the part of your body that is most important to be kept clean. That is why it’s so important to wash your hands before you eat. Hands come into contact with everything, giving them lots of chances to pick up bacteria that could be then consumed when you sit down for a meal. To save water, don’t fill a basin to wash your hands. Besides wasting water, you will also simply pass the bacteria from one person to another as each uses the same dirty water. You will have to use running water, and it doesn’t take a lot to get the job done.

Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer

When it comes to personal hygiene, one of the best inventions in recent history is antibacterial cleaners for your hands. This gives you a simple method to clean your hands without using any water. It ensures that your hands are free from dangerous bacteria. It may not do much to get dirt and mud off, but your hands will be biologically safe and clean.

Bathing Using Minimal Amounts Of Water

Most people use between 3 and 5 gallons of water every minute they are in the shower, and a bath will use between 30 and 40 gallons. However, it is possible to get an effective bath using just a bucket and a small container that you use to scoop water up. Simply pour it over yourself to get clean. This is still a common method of bathing today in emerging or third-world countries. Using this method, it is possible to bathe effectively with a gallon of water or less.

Wash Your Hair Less Frequently

Many people have become accustomed to washing their hair every day. Of everything used in personal hygiene, hair washing uses up the most water. It is even worse if your hair is long. However, it’s not necessary to wash hair that often. While people prefer it as hair can get dirty and cause an itchy scalp, but it’s safe and possible to wash your hair once a week or even less. It just takes some getting used to.

Dig An Outhouse

Without water service, the toilet in your home won’t work. This is where having an old-fashioned outhouse can come in handy. In your backyard, dig a hole and build an outhouse around it. The deeper your hole is, the longer you will be able to use it. Once filled, you will have to cover it and dig a new one. Make sure you place it as far as possible from any sources of water. Bacteria in human waste can reach 100 feet in the ground, causing water sources to become contaminated.

Construct A Portable Toilet

If you can’t dig an outhouse due to unsuitable terrain, it’s possible to survive using a portable toilet. The easiest way to make one is to simply mount a regular toilet seat to the top of a 5-gallon bucket. Place plastic bags inside the bucket several layers thick. Once it has been used several times, take the bag out, seal it, and set it aside to be disposed of.


A little bit of preparation and planning will mean it’s easy to maintain the personal hygiene of yourself and your family, even in a crisis. Stock up on any supplies you need, and keep them with the other supplies you have stockpiled. This will ensure you will have what you need to get through your ordeal. Make sure your family learns how to save water now, to prevent them from wasting it if it becomes scarce.

By knowing how to conserve water effectively, a family will be able to survive longer and have less trouble. Failing to conserve water will mean spending more precious time hauling it when you could be doing something else. If you only have a couple of gallons of water, you can’t waste it to fill a tub.

If one of your family members refuses to save water, make them your first choice for hauling water. It won’t take them long to realize the impact that wasting water has on the whole family.

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