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Living without running water
How to clean and stay clean with little or no water

How to live with minimal water:
In an emergency water could be scarce. Learn how to do the
dishes without running water, even without hot water or with
very little water. Plus, learn how to bathe and take care of your
other needs. You can clean without running water...

How to Clean without Running Water
Doing the dishes without running water is a good exercise for any
prepper ~ whether it's camping, living a rustic off-grid life or
getting through an emergency. Hopefully you have a stockpile of
disposable dishes, if not, here are some ways to clean without
running water.

How to wash your dishes without running water:
It always helps to start with a reserve of water for cleaning.
Aqua-tainer, pictured right is great for an off-grid kitchen for
cleanup. It's rigid, so you can tilt it to rinse dishes and plates, or
wash hands. With a reversible hideaway spigot and screw-on
vent, this water storage container is perfect to keep on-hand as
a hydration or washing station at your campsite or on the road.

  • Wipe and scrape. Before you start the dish cleaning
    process, it's important to wipe and scrape the food off
    plates, pots, pans and dishes. It's also a good idea to pre-
    soak to help loosen food from your dishes. Don't use a
    sponge as the sponge naturally loves bacteria, no matter
    how clean it looks. It's true! ScienceMaga.org says that the
    "sponge in your kitchen sink harbors zillions of microbes."
    Instead, choose a non-porous cleansing brush or steel wool.
    Here are some other ways to scrape and wipe the food
    particles off your dishes:

  • Cowboy method. Plates were licked clean along the
    cattle drive. While this helped the cook ensure every
    last vittle was consumed.

  • Baking soda. Baking soda can  help cut grease in pots
    and pans, but it also can help alkalinize your dishes.
    Buy the cheap stuff from the Dollar stores and use it
    dry and sprinkle directly on your Lodge cast iron pans or
    dishes. Allow it to aborb, then wipe away the gtease.

  • Salt. You'll find salt has many survival uses, and one of
    them is that it's an excellent natural abrasive to get
    away and burnt pieces in your pots and pans to remove
    stubborn food particles. The nice thing is that salt also
    helps season your cast iron pans.

  • Wood ash. Ash and water is a natural way to clean
    your dishes, so you happen to have some ash use it!
    SurvivalTopics.com shows you how to clean with ash,
    which is a technique used by outdoorsman for the
    centuries. Use wood ash instead of soap and at leastw
    200 feet from your water source.

  • Spray bottle.  A spray bottle filled with water, vinegar,
    hydrogen peroxide orto be the first scrub.

    1: Vinegar. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar and water
    and have it handy to rinse your utensils and plates.
    Allow the vinegar to sit on your dishes.

    2: Hydrogen peroxide. Another viable way to clean
    your dishes without running water is to use hydrogen
    peroxide in the same way you've used vinegar, in a
    spray bottle.

    3: Rubbing alcohol. Another method similar to the
    vinegar and hydrogen peroxide options above is to use
    rubbing alcohol. Below is how to wash your dishes with
    rubbing alcohol, which is the perfect way to do so if you
    live out of your R.V.:

  • Sterlize. Even without water you can clean the dishes, but
    it's always better to reserve some water for cleaning. There
    are many ways to help ensure bacteria don't accumulate on
    your plates and make you sick:

  • Boiling water. If you are lucky enough to have a
    reserve of water for drinking and cleaning, then boil
    water to help you clean the plates in soap and water
    using the three tub method.
  1. Tub one: soap and water.
  2. Tub two: Hot water rinse
  3. Tub three: final rinse in a water with a sanitizing
    solution such as Steramine or bleach

  • Bleach. Bleach is another popular prepper supply. Using
    bleach as a final rinse is a common scouting method.
    Unfortunately, bleach has a six month expiration date.


  • Sunshine. After you've cleaned your dishes, you can
    use sunshine to help ensure you've sterilized. The sun
    is a natural sterilizer.

How to keep your body clean without water
Staying clean is important to your health. If we can learn
anything from homeless people it's that without keeping clean
you can succumb to fungal infections, rashes, sores, lice, yeast
infections and more.

If you have a few gallons of water
If you can set up an off-grid shower or at least get a solar
shower, then you are able to get clean without running water.
Here are three ideas to do just that:

  • Deck Sprayer. One outlandish idea, found on YouTube,
    might not be so outlandish after all. The Prepper found
    adeal on a deck sprayer and thought if you have water,
    thenyou can swish yourself clean with this apparatus.

  • Solar Shower. A solar shower is inexpensive and a
    wonderful way to stay clean. You can take a warm shower
    with just three gallons of water.

If you have no water or minimal water:
Below are ideas garnered from homeless people that will help
you stay clean:

  • Apple cider vinegar. It's important to stay clean between
    the legs and apple cider vinegar can help you from getting a
    yeast infection. Pour some vinegar onto a paper towel and
    pat your privates. It may sting if you have a yeast infection,
    and you'll need to repeat the process for a few days.

  • Baby wipes and bath wipes. You have no water at all, an
    obvious way to stay clean without running water is to use
    baby wipes or bath wipes. Wet wipes are effective when a
    shower is not possible. You can also learn to make your own
    wet wipes using essential oils.

  • Bidet. A splash of water is all it takes to get the job done
    clean using a bidet.It's also an ideal modern solution to
    theissue when the toilet paper runs out.Using bidets can
    save 75% or more on toilet paper use, helping to protect our
    forests and our environment. The portable bidet right, uses
    water to relieve discomfort to those who suffer from:
    Hemorrhoids, Constipation, Diarrhea, Fissures, Crohn's
    Disease; as well as those recovering from: Colorectal
    surgery, Colostomy, Ulcerative Colitis (UC), Irritable Bowel
    Syndrome (IBS), J-Pouch patients.

  • Lubricant gel. Yes, the stuff intended for love making. You
    can get a dry shave from lubricant gel.

  • Warm wet cloth. Start with the least dirty area: your face.
    Then move on to the areas that need the most cleansing.
    You'd be surprised how fresh you can feel with a warm wet
    cloth applied to your armpits and crotch to cleanse where
    you need it most. You can also add some lavender essential
    oil to the cloth to help keep the fresh feeling. Campsuds,
    pictured right, is safe for use as a bath soap and shampoo,
    to wash and spot-clean clothes and to clean anything
    washable. Made from natural vegetable-derived ingredients
    with natural essential oil fragrance.

How to wash your hair without soap and water.
Soap is important. You may think it's imperative to have soap,
but you really can
wash without soap (or at least smell better).
Shampooing daily can be very harsh on your hair, especially if
you're balding and because of this you may like to limit the
shampoo use to every other day. Washing hair too often strips
hair follicles of the oils necessary to hydrate your hair. If you use
less shampoo you'll also save money, so it's a win-win situation.
If you don't want to hop in the shower, then give a dry shampoo
a try.

  • Batiste Dry Shampoo. Remove oil and grease to breathe
    new life into your hair, leaving you feeling clean between
    washes with Batiste Dry Shampoo, pictured right. Enjoy a
    clean and classic fragrance with subtle hints of powder,
    lavender, and musk. Use between washes to instantly
    refresh your hair, no water required. The waterless formula
    absorbs dirt and grease to revitalize dull and lifeless hair

  • Baking soda. Believe it or not, baking soda is a great way
    to dry shampoo and the method is very simple. Sprinkle a
    little baking soda into your scalp to allow hair to absorb the
    oils, then brush out the baking soda.You can use baking
    soda as a dry shampoo to completely remove the greasy
    look to your hair the natural way. Use a pinch in a pinch
    when you don't have time shower. Just sprinkle the baking
    soda at the greasy roots and then brush out the extra
    baking soda. You'll be amazed at how this not only
    detoxifies your body, but helps you look fresh again almost
    instantly.

How to brush your teeth without water.
Have you ever tried a tooth powder? Tooth powder takes all the
binders and fillers out of toothpaste and allows you to brush with
just what you need, reaching enamel and the gum line directly.

Give
Frau Fowler tooth powder a try. What makes the product
special is the science-backed research on the ingredients, the
fact they are all food grade and that you don't rinse your mouth
out. Most municipal tap sources are below 7 in pH and when you
rinse your mouth out, you’re speeding up the process in which
anaerobic bacteria thrive. Our tooth powder is almost a 10 in
alkalinity and when you don’t rinse, the product works longer for
you. When it tastes like a “dissolved mint” you won’t mind!
It’s a new way of brushing that makes it hard, if not impossible
to go back to anything else.

Life without water.
A life without water will bring many diseases: Water-borne
outbreaks such as
cholera and dysentery are common when water
is in short supply.

Happy endings...
Clean without water as a bug-in exercise. You'll be glad you did.

Water and life are two inseparable concepts. Make sure you have  
proper
water storage.

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