Water Shortage: Staying Clean Without Water
Clean water is an essential part of life, but what do you do when running water is not available? If you have prepared correctly, you will have a stock of water on hand, but you will want to limit the use of stored water for cooking and drinking. Other tasks, like bathing, will have to wait until you have access to running water once more.
So, how can you stay clean without using water? Fortunately, there are quite a few alternatives to traditional showers and baths. These tips work just as well in emergencies as they do for camping, hunting, and other outdoor activities.
Clean Your Hair with Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is an amazing invention that soaks up the oil and dirt out of your hair. You can purchase dedicated dry shampoo from the hair care aisle, or if you want to go really low-budget, you can use baby powder from the baby aisle. Simply sprinkle the powder in your hair near the roots, allow the powder to sit for about 5 minutes, then comb the powder out. This will maintain hair for several days or up to two weeks- depending on how oily your hair is.
Clean Your Body with Baby Wipes
Purchase a package of baby wipes from the baby aisle. Use the wipes to clean the dirtiest areas on your body. Pick up anti-bacterial wipes for your hands and feet, and use dedicated face wipes for your face. You can also pick up cleaning wipes in the camping section.
Water-free Tooth Care
There are two ways you can clean your teeth without water. You can either purchase tooth tissue cleaning papers from the camping section, or you can use a tiny bit of water and baking soda and brush your teeth with that.
Cleaning When You Get Really Dirty
If you are out of water for more than a week, the above cleaning methods are not enough. You will need some water to clean. However, you can get fully clean in about 2 quarts of water.
You will need:
- A small bucket
- Baking soda
- Soap bar
Fill the bucket with water. Dip the washcloth into the water. Rub the soap onto the cloth. Wash your body with the soapy cloth. Dip the cloth back in the bucket of water to rinse. Scrub dirty areas (like hands and feet) after cleaning the rest of your body to avoid contaminating the water.
Empty the bucket. Fill it up with clean water. Dip your head in the bucket. Rub about a tablespoon of baking soda into the roots of your hair (use more if you have long hair). Allow the baking soda to sit for a few seconds. It should start to lather. Rub the lather into your head and then rinse clean with the remaining water.
With these simple practices, you can stay clean without using much water. With a little ingenuity, it is possible to keep clean in any situation.
What tips do you have for keeping clean without water? Let us know in the comments below!
This post has been contributed to us by Brenda from MomPrepares.com Thank you Brenda!