Come Clean

December 7, 2010

[pic in doc] Cleanliness and sanitation is a topic that cannot be ignored, especially during an emergency. Have you taken the measures needed to really “come clean”?

I’m not the outdoorsy type. It’s not that I don’t love the beautiful scenery or the opportunity for peace and quiet. Obviously, that is what I love about the great outdoors. When it comes down to it, the only thing I really don’t enjoy is the dirt. When our family goes camping, my husband knows that I will be content only if we take the necessary measures to keep all of us as clean and therefore as comfortable as possible.

Preparedness requires the exact same type of planning. Here are several great ideas to add to your preparedness pantry:

Body wipes are pre-moistened and do not require rinsing after use. They are a great alternative to a regular bath, especially when water is at a premium. Sanitizer gel is also a great alternative when running water is hard to find.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste are absolutely essential in my opinion! Nothing would make me more uncomfortable than going too long without a good brush. Of course, you can certainly store toothbrushes and toothpaste, but you may want to consider a ready to use toothbrush. These brushes come with toothpaste in the handle that dispenses with a simple twist and a cover for the bristles. There is enough paste for several uses and is handy not just for emergencies, but a wonderful idea for travel. There are also single use toothbrushes that you can stash in the glove compartment, or in the gym bag. How convenient is that?

Now that your body is clean and your teeth are taken care of, let’s think about your clothes. There are some wonderful and simple products that will help you wash your clothes with minimal water and detergent. One of those items is the Mobile Washer. This contraption looks more like a toilet plunger than a washing machine, but don’t be fooled! It uses the force of the plunge and the water’s movement to effectively clean clothes. Used with a simple 5 gallon bucket and a small amount of detergent and you’re on your way to cleaner clothes without electricity! Another option for cleaning clothes is the Wonder Washer. This small washer uses slight agitation to clean clothes. Isn’t it great to know that you aren’t stuck beating your clothes on a rock in an emergency?

Now is the time to store those essential sanitation items. Keep your family comfortable in the worst circumstances by storing some specific items to help them “come clean".

-Angie Sullivan


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