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How Do You Maintain Hygiene During A Water Crisis?

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A prolonged power outage can cause a water crisis by inhibiting the means necessary to pump water from the ground.

So how do you maintain your personal hygiene during a water crisis?

You do so by proper planning and some common sense solutions so as not to expose yourself to filth and disease. Everything from stockpiling water to constructing a makeshift toilet will help you and your family get through a rough patch.

Your need for clean water is an understatement!

Among all the various things needed to prepare for a water disaster, it’s easy to overlook the need for personal hygiene.

You need to prepare now with some simple solutions I will share in this post.

A Water Crisis Solution Guide

Personal hygiene is necessary for maintaining health during a water crisis, as sickness and disease often follow filth.

Even worse, one of the greatest spreaders of disease is human waste. Improper care of this waste can cause severe health problems.

Taking care of these things is not all that hard, even in a crisis, although it requires learning how to do things differently. More than anything, it requires cleaning in ways that require minimal water usage because you probably won’t have any to waste.

Here is a fun fact:

Water fact: The average American household uses 400 gallons of water daily! Would you still use that much water if you had to haul it from the river? Of course not. Yet, if the city water is down and you don’t have a well at home, you could find yourself hauling every gallon of water you use.

Personal Hygiene Tips During a Water Crisis

  • Stockpile Now. Don’t forget to stockpile personal hygiene supplies, food, and other supplies you collect. A few extra tubes of toothpaste and extra shampoo will last a while. The big problem will be toilet paper, which your family probably goes through a lot.Toilet supplies Stocking enough toilet paper to see you through a disaster can take up a lot of room. Don’t forget feminine hygiene supplies unless you want some unhappy women in your home.
  • Be Sure to Keep Your Hands Clean. The most important part of your body to keep clean is your hands. There’s a very good reason why it’s a habit to wash before eating. Your hands come in contact with everything, increasing the chance of them picking up bacteria that could get into your body when you eat, especially during a no-water situation where things get pretty gamey. Don’t use a basin to wash your hands to save water. If you do, you’ll pass bacteria from one family member to another. You’ll need running water, even though you don’t need much.
  • Antibacterial Hand Cleaner. An antibacterial hand cleaner is one of the greatest personal hygiene supplies ever invented. This provides a waterless way of cleaning your hands, specifically ensuring you don’t have any bacteria on them. While it won’t do much for getting rid of mud, it will make your hands biologically clean and safe.
  • Bathing with Minimal Water. The shower uses 3 to 5 gallons of water per minute, and the bath uses 30 to 40 gallons. However, you can bathe very effectively from a bucket, using a small plastic container to scoop up water and pour it over yourself. This is still common today in many third-world and emerging countries. This method allows you to bathe effectively with less than a gallon of water.
  • Don’t Wash Your Hair so Often. Most of us are used to washing our hair daily. Hand washing hair uses the most water, especially if it’s long, of everything involved in personal hygiene. But we don’t need to do so all that often. We do it because our scalp itches if our hair gets dirty, but it is possible to go a week or more without washing it without any problem. All it takes is getting used to it.
  • Dig an Outhouse. If you don’t have water in your home, your toilet isn’t going to work. This is where the old-fashioned outhouse comes in. Dig a hole in the backyard, and construct an outhouse over it. The deeper you dig it, the longer you can use it before filling it in and digging another one. Make sure that wherever you put it, it’s far away from any water sources. Bacteria from human waste can travel 100 feet through the ground, contaminating water sources.
  • Make a Portable Toilet. If your ground is too hard to dig an outhouse, you can get by with a portable toilet. There are many ways of doing this, but the easiest is to mount a toilet seat on a five-gallon bucket. Put plastic bags inside the bucket a few layers thick. After being used a few times, remove the bag, and set it aside for disposal.

In Summary

A little care and prior planning will make it easy for you and your family to maintain your personal hygiene and health. Stock up on necessary supplies and all the other supplies you are stockpiling. That way, you’ll have enough to see you through. Teach your family how to conserve water now so they don’t waste it when it comes.

Proper water conservation allows your family to survive much longer with minimal problems. Failure to conserve water will cause you to spend more time hauling water than anything else. You can’t afford to waste water filling bathtubs if you only have a few gallons daily.

If you have a family member who refuses to conserve water, you can easily cure them of that by making them the ones to haul water. It won’t take long before they are the ones who are getting after everyone else for unnecessarily wasting water.

Learn How To Conserve Water Today

Our ‘take it for granted’ water supply should not be overlooked in this country. In some parts of the world, families rely on considerably less water in a week than in a day.

Even in this country, drought has taken its toll in some areas, such as California, where some parts of the landscape sunk over 30 feet due to the depletion of the groundwater aquifer.

A water crisis is a scary outlook that everyone should be concerned about because it can happen to anyone, anywhere.

You may not have any control over the wrath of Mother Nature, but you do have control over how to conserve this precious resource today.

Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and shaving. Water comes out of the average faucet at over 3 gallons per minute. Don’t let all that water drain while you brush or shave! Turn off the faucet after you wet your brush, and leave it off until it’s time to rinse.

Turn off the tap while washing your hands. Do you need the water to run while you’re scrubbing your hands? Save a few gallons of water and turn the faucet off after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.

Fix your leaks. Whether you go DIY or hire a plumber, fixing leaky faucets can mean big water savings. YouTube DIY is an excellent resource on how to fix things.

Re-use your pasta cooking liquid. Instead of dumping that water down the drain, try draining your pasta water into a large pot. Once it cools, you can use it to water your plants. Especially the potted ones. Just make sure you wait because if you dump that boiling water on your plants, you might harm them.

Cut your showers short. Older showerheads can use over 5 gallons of water per minute. Speed things up in the shower for some serious water savings. And while we are here, consider changing that old shower head into a newer, more modern one that will save water all on its own. They are very easy to change out. (YouTube)

Choose efficient fixtures. While we are on the shower head replacement: Aerating your faucets, investing in a low-flow toilet, and opting for a Water Sense-rated dishwasher and front-loading washing machine can add up to big water savings.

Shrink your lawn. Even better, completely. Instead, opt for a xeriscaped landscape incorporating water-wise ground cover, succulents, and other plants that thrive in drought conditions. And if you live in wetter climates such as South Florida, look into native plants that do well in those areas.

Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water. Better yet, hand wash those dishes. Dishwashers are very inefficient.

Keep an eye on your bill to spot leaks. If your water bill spikes suddenly, there’s a good chance a leak is the culprit. Call in a plumber to check your lines to save water and cash!

Install a rain barrel. Rainwater harvesting is a great way to hydrate your plants without turning on the hose or sprinkler. And it’s a good source of available water during a water crisis.

Flush with less. Older toilets use a lot of water. You can reduce your usage by sinking a half-gallon water jug in the toilet tank. Please do NOT use a brick because it will break down, and the sediment can damage your tank.

Water outdoor plants in the early morning. You’ll need less water since cooler morning temperatures mean losing less water to evaporation. Watering in the evenings is not a great idea since this can promote mold growth.

Use less electricity. Power plants use thousands of gallons of water to cool. Do your part to conserve power; you’re indirectly saving water, too!

Wash pets outdoors. That way, you’re watering your yard while cleaning your pup. Just ensure that your soap isn’t harmful to your plants!

A Water Crisis On The Google Net:

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