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Waterless Hygiene and How to Keep Yourself Clean

Waterless Hygiene and How to Keep Yourself Clean via Preparedness Advice

Now, there are numerous situations in which disaster could leave us short of water. They could be just for a couple of hours or situations that lasted for months or even years. Besides the lack of drinking water, how would you stay clean in a world short on water?

A clean body with no need for water.

This brings us to the topic of waterless hygiene, and believe it or not, there are actually products on the market that provide you with quite a good cleansing using no water at all. A bottle or two in every bug out bag would be a wise investment.…

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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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The Importance of Soap

Laundry aisle

My mother was in her early twenties during WW2 and lived in England.  Talking with her about her experiences during rationing and other shortages has been helpful to me.  One of the things that she has mentioned to me was shortages of laundry soap and other soaps.  She said that this became quite a health problem.  The health of babies and small children were threatened due to the lack of soap.  Lack of simple things like hand washing can be major reason for the spread of diseases.

Cleanliness is something we take for granted, we shower every day and put on clean clothes.  …

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The Lack of Sanitation can Kill You

During all the wars the United States fought prior to World War II, more men died of disease than combat.  We are lucky to live in a country and era in which good sanitation is available.

When I was a child in South Africa, I can remember going to the butcher shop and seeing the meat hanging up, unprotected from the flies.  The butcher would slap the meat to shoo the flies off and cut the piece you wanted.  You would then take it home, wash it and cook it before the maggots could hatch.

In England and Europe during World War II lack of soap was a major problem. …

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