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Cleaning Up your Home and Food Storage After a Flood

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With all the floods occurring on the East Coast and the prospect of more to come this winter, I thought it might be a good time to post information about cleaning up after a flood.  Now of cause how much of this applies to you depends on how severe the flood affected your home.

Once the floodwaters have receded and the property can be accessed safely, you should begin cleanup.  The most important steps are to restore the environment to a dry state and salvage any valuable property.  The longer that water/waste are allowed to remain in your home or on your property, the greater the potential for illness and irreparable damage to your home and its contents.  …

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Maintaining Good Hygiene During a Water Shortage

Water ShortageYesterday I was watching the news on TV and saw where people in an apartment house had their water shut off for 6 days because of a water line break.  The TV people made a big deal about it and showed pictures of an apartment with dirty dishes stacked high and piles of laundry.  The people were complaining that they had to go down the street to get fresh water and were having to heat it on the stove so they could wash their kids.  A short-term water shortage threw their world into chaos.

This got me to thinking about how you should handle a situation of this type. …

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Homemade Mouthwash for Dental Hygiene

homemade mouthwashA friend sent me this recipe for homemade mouthwash, that he says works great. I am going to try it, hope it works for you.

Howard

Most Store bought mouthwashes are usually made with a sharp mint flavor to make our breath smell fresh and pleasant. However, mint only masks the smell and actually feeds the odor-causing bacteria with more sugar. Also, most commercial brands of mouthwash are made up mostly from synthetic colors, flavors and chemicals that are nowhere near good for you.

Instead of just pretending to freshen your breath, you can make your own homemade mouthwash at home using natural ingredients that will clean your mouth from the bottom up.…

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What Happens to My Food Storage After Exposure to Flood Water?

 

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Spring is coming and it always seems that we have large floods somewhere.  So what happens to your food storage if your home or basement floods and your food is exposed to flood water?  Not a good situation but at least a part of your food storage can probably be saved.

First assume that any floodwater is contaminated, everything from chemical to fecal matter.  Do not eat any fresh food that has come in contact with flood waters.

The following types of food should be thrown out after exposure to flood waters.

  • Any opened containers and packages which have come in contact with flood waters.
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How do you wash clothes without water?

The other day I wrote an article on washing clothes, but what happens when you don’t have enough water to wash with.  Do you and the clothes just get dirty and stink.  Now I am talking about real dirty not just a little sweat and a few dead skin cells like most clothes in the city get. How do you wash clothes without water?

Clothes as they get dirty lose some of their insulating qualities.  This occurs as the fibers become clogged with dirt and the dead air spaces are filled in.  So the first thing to do is to shake the clothes to remove as much dirt and dust as possible.…

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Fruit Flies in the House are Easy to get Rid Off

My wife has been processing fruit for canning and drying in the kitchen for the last few days.  This has resulted in an infestation for small fruit flies.  They are annoying and not hygienic.  Now we don’t want to use pesticides in the house.

Anyway, my wife remembered that I wrote a blog on Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Without Pesticides a couple of months ago.  She built one of the traps and set it in the kitchen.  It is rather amazing it attracts the flies like crazy.  The flies are all hovering in the area of the bottle and the bottle has a large number of them already trapped. …

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Shortages of Soap Caused Serious Medical/Hygiene Problems

My mother says that during WW2 shortages of soap caused serious hygiene problems in England.  Soap was shortages of soap caused problems in WW2rationed and hard to get.  Lack of hygiene can result in skin and other medical problems.  My mother was an infectious disease nurse at the beginning of the war and later served in the British Air Force.  She recommends that we store extra soap and hygiene supplies as well as learn to make our own soap.

Hand soaps – Bar soap keeps better than the new liquids, which can evaporate, if stored in the heat.  Figure out how much hand soap you use in a given period and double the amount. …

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No Rinse Shampoo and Body Washes

I recently found a company, Cleanlife Products that produces a No Rinse Shampoo cap, Shampoo, Body Wash, Bathing wipes and Instant Foam non-alcohol Hand Sanitizer.  These products are made for hikers, camper, truckers, and military men. The products claim, that absolutely no rinsing is required after use.

These products would have really come in handy when my 91 year old mother-in-law twisted her leg and had to have a caregiver to bath her and wash her hair. But this product arrived a week too late. So I am the tester for this product.

I used the No Rinse Shampoo; directions are to apply to hair until completely wet.…

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