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Sanitation Survival Item 14: Paper towels.
You'll be running out of towels and paper towels can provide
some relief from doing the laundry. Shop towels are a more
durable alternative.

  • Shop Towels. To pack dish towels in a small space, consider
    Shop Towels. Intended for automotive clean-up tasks, shop
    towels are a handy addition to the Prepper house. The
    strong, absorbent towels, like the Scott brand, pictured at
    the bottom of the page, are great for wiping hands and
    cleaning up grease, oil, grime, and fluids. You'll need fewer
    than ordinary paper towels, so it will take up less space.

Sanitation Survival item #15: Laundry Soap, clothes
line and clothes pins.
It's interesting to note that dirt compromises the integrity of
clothes in terms of warmth. Dirts and oils degrade clothing and
can have a significant impact on survival in select situations, so
it's important in uncertain times to remain as clean as possible,
particularly if bugging out.

Prepper's Challenge - Off the Grid Laundry Day:
Try doing laundry off the grid! In the simplest form, doing laundry
off the grid requires a water source, plus, you'll need a family size
washboard, a galvanized bucket a wringer washer, and of course a
clothes line. Do a week's worth of laundry without using
electricity. The exercise will enable you to understand your
family's needs in the event the unthinkable happens and we're all
forced to
live off the grid.

Families who live off the grid invest, as the Amish do, in the post-
war era style wringer washers generated by diesel. (Go figure that
the Amish do not live with electricity, but apparently have no
problem with diesel and other gas.)

To wash clothes without electricity, you'll need:
  1. Washboard to get out the main dirt
  2. Galvanized metal bucket to soak clothes
  3. Hand wringer for clothes
  4. Clothes line or a clothes rack

While it's true that humans have survived without toilets and
toilet paper, and without hand sanitizers and antibacterials since
the dawn of mankind, these luxuries are not to be overlooked. At
first this would seem a minor annoyance not to have toilet paper,
or a quick clean with a hand sanitizer, but in the later stages it
could mean the difference between life or death. Hygiene is of
ultimate importance as infections can arise from simple mishaps.

Happy endings...
The sanitation issues preppers may face in crisis need not lead to
death. With proper hygiene supplies in place and proper training,
preppers can actively keep a family or group from illness and
disease with a few modifications to the normal routine.

Having a sanitation station will centralize all your supplies such
as biohazard bags, hand sanitizers, face masks, gloves, tissues,
wet wipes and sanitizers to help prevent the spread of infection.
You may not have room for all your toilet paper, but you can add
a few in there for good measure!

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Sanitation Station
Setting up a basic off-grid sanitation station

Set up a sanitation station:
Get truly ready for an emergency by setting up a sanitation
station and stay clean and healthy in an emergency. A basic
sanitation station encompasses your handwashing and toiletry
needs in an off-grid situation.

Preppers also include a plan for other sanitation needs, such as
properly dealing with biohazards such as dealing with blood and
vomit, or  handling bathing and laundry needs.Below is a basic
guide for preppers on how to set up a sanitation station...

How to set up a Sanitation Station
You may think of a sanitation station for a special event as a row
of outhouses and a handwashing station that delivers pump
action water for washing your hands. You can create a similar
sanitation station for your family so you're prepared in an

The answer to setting up a sanitation station in the simplest form
is to put together the following:
  • a sanitation bucket and seat
  • bio-hazard bags to collect and contain waste
  • a supply of toilet paper or baby wipes
  • wet towels or soap and water for handwashing; and
  • a way to treat sewage with a bacteria enzyme treatment to
    contain the smell. Kitty litter is a simple solution as well.

There are lots of great camping toilets and kits on the market.
It's a great start, but if you're a prepper you'll want to go beyond
and ensure you have a
vomit kit, laundry kit, as well as a proper
handwashing station and a way to clean your dishes. Following is
a list of survival items to stockpile to ensure proper sanitation in
survival times...

How to set up a sanitation station:

Sanitation Survival Item #1: Camping Toilet.
Do you have a proper camping toilet? There's no need to dig a
latrine. In a survival situation there are more useful things to do
with your time! Proper sanitation is important in the aftermath of
a catastrophe, because the power grid could go down for an
extended period and after a while the toilets won't work. While
it's true you can flush the toilet even when the electricity is off,
eventually the sewer system will backup and you won't be able to

When the toilets don't work you'll need an alternative. While
sanitation is never a pleasant subject, it's important to make
preparations before the "S" hits the fan. You'll need a place to
"let it go." Because in the aftermath of a catastrophe, the
municipal sanitation system may go terribly awry. If for example,
the power grid goes down for an extended period (as with an
Electromagnet Pulse situation) it means that toilets simply won't
work after a while. Toilets rely on electricity stations to pump in
fresh water and flush out the waste.

Here are some options to the toilet you use every day:

  • Honey Bucket. The Emergency Zone Honey Bucket set
    pictured in red at the top of the page includes the bucket
    and removable latrine seat complete 10 toilet liners, and 10
    toilet chemical packs. The toilet chemical packs contain
    deodorizer and a gelitanizer that will turn 1/2--Gallon of
    liquid waste into a gel for easy disposal in biohazard bag.
    This set includes everything you would need to ensure a
    mess-free, hygienic, and painless way to manage waste.

  • Luggable Loo Portable Toilet. The Luggable Loo, pictured at
    the top of the page, is a five-gallon bucket, pictured at the
    top of the page, is the most economically priced portable
    toilet. It's bucket style with a traditional snap-on, hinged
    seat and cover.  The Luggable Loo portable toilet is  
    compatible with standard Double Doodie bag from Reliance
    Products, which means virtually no clean-up and waste
    disposal is a snap when used together.

  • Porta potty. The sturdy portable toilet, pictured left in
    black, features a home-like design. It operates on batteries
    to flush, an integrates a toilet paper holder.

  • Composting Toilet. For an off-grid bugout location, or if you
    have an R.V., consider a composting toilet.

More luxurious accommodations, could include an outhouse, a

compositing toilet
system, or a built in septic tank.

Sanitation Survival Item #2: Infectious Waste Bags.
Biohazard bags are a must have to ensure your family is safe
during an emergency. Trash bag may perform the same function.
But for biohazardous waste in a pandemic situation, you'll want
further controls, such as infectious waste bags.

  • Biohazard bags. Infectious waste bags have a dual purpose
    to identify hazardous biowaste, but also to adequately
    contain the biowaste. They must be of a high quality so as
    not to puncture. The biohazard bags, right, are curved
    bottom to prevent bursting if dropped. You may think it's
    okay to use an ordinary trash bag, but biohazard bags are
    strong to take medical waste such as full sharps containers,
    bandages, anything soiled with human bodily fluids such as
    blood. You can feel secure that they will hold up to the rigors
    of use and protect you and your love ones in a home use

  • Double Doodie. Double Doodie bags will contain the
    biowaste and fit the Luggable Loo toilet system. .Double
    Doodie toilet waste bags are designed for easy, no mess
    waste disposal. Each bag consists of an inner bag and an
    outer bag that seals easily and is leak proof. Use Double
    Doodie with Luggable Loo toilets as well as most other
    portable toilets.

Sanitation Survival Item #3: Toilet paper.
Having adequate supply of toilet paper is a "no brainer" for
preppers. In the aftermath of an economic catastrophe, it's
possible for the production of toilet paper to run out. It might
also become too dangerous to source toilet paper because of a
pandemic or rioting. Don't even think of resorting to wiping with
the pages of a telephone books, when you can simply plan ahead.
Stock up when things go on sale.

  • Stock up on toilet paper and buy in bulk. Have toilet paper
    delivered. Cottonelle, pictured top right, can be mailed to
    your door by Amazon. For an even better deal on bulk toilet
    paper, get Boardwalk toilet paper, pictured right. For around
    $45 you get 96 rolls of toilet paper and this includes the free
    shipping. This large supply is ideal for preppers and big
    families or for businesses with multiple bathroom stalls.

Sanitation Survival Item #4: Wet wipes, sanitizer.
Have a way to clean your hands without running water. Wet wipes
and hand sanitizers are the easy solution. Want a prepper
upgrade? Then consider a
hands-free camp sanitation system, like
the one from Tye Works pictured right.

  • Tye Works Advanced Hand Wash System has hands-free
    operation, and a built-in soap holder. It's sets up easily. The
    Advanced Hand Wash System by Tye Works, uses a foot
    operated pump to provide water to a copper spigot easily
    slipped over the rim of most buckets. A brass and stainless
    steel inlet strainer helps keep the water flowing. These are
    commonly found on river rafting trips, mountaineering
    expeditions, and car camping, but could be equally useful at
    fishing or hunting camps. Ideally two systems would be
    used, with one set up at the groover (privy), and the other at
    the camp kitchen. Units contain materials from
    approximately 95% domestic sources.

  • Fresh Bath. Made in the USA, Fresh Bath, pictured right, is a
    biodegradable product that's a proprietary mix of
    antibacterial agents, vitamins, and moisturizers to help you
    stay clean when a bath is not convenient or possible. Large
    enough to clean and refresh your entire body with just one
    wipe, you get 8 wipes per package.  Fresh Bath is a tough
    cloth soaked in emollients with a mild scent. Fresh Bath
    might not be for everyone in ordinary circumstances, but it's
    a better alternative to baby wipes, and an absolute essential
    in preparing for uncertain times.

  • Wet Wipes. Wet wipes can serve two purposes ~ they can
    substitute toilet paper and you can cleanse your hands and
    body.  Cottonelle's flushable wipes, right, cleans better
    versus using dry bath tissue alone. These bathroom wipes
    are sewer-safe and septic-safe. They are  "adult wipes"
    infused with the gentle cleansing power of water and are
    perfect for man wipes, feminine wipes and more.

  • Please don't confuse wet wipes with disinfecting towels.
    Flushable wipes are meant for your tush, whereas the
    Lysol wipes are for disinfecting surfaces.

  • Hand sanitizers. There's a great natural hand sanitizer made
    with essential oils, such as EO Hand Sanitizer Wipes.
    Basically two kinds exist: an alcohol based product or a gel
    based product, usually made with aloe vera as a the base.
    Neither really removes the dirt unless it includes a cloth. The
    only purpose is to remove bacteria, not dirt. Still they are
    useful. Make your own hand sanitizers!

Sanitation Survival Item #5. Disinfectant towels.
Every Prepper should stock Lysol Disinfectant, which kills 99.9%
of the germs, according to the product labeling. Lysol effectively
kills Influenza A and B viruses, Asian influenza A Virus,
Polio virus
Type 1 and Hepatitis A Virus among many other viruses, bacteria
and fungi. It works for a home infected with Lice. Read the
precautionary statements on the labeling, and store away from
the reach of children.

Having disinfectant towels around in crisis is a must. Lysol wipes
kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria including cold and flu viruses ~
and they are they go-to wipes and they're great for everyday, but
there's something more powerful. Go a step above Lysol wipes,
Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towles. These
disinfecting wipes with bleach kill C. difficile spores, MRSA, VRE
and other pathogens in 3 minutes!

Sanitation Survival Item #6: Sewage Treatment.
You could stock up on kitty litter, but you'd have to amass quite a
bit for a long term crisis. Here are some alernaties.

  • Aqua-Kem Toss Ins Holding Tank Deodorant: Pictured
    right, the Aqua-Kem Toss Ins is a holding tank deodorant in
    water soluble packs that's conveniently pre-measured.  
    Specially formulated for RV and marine holding tanks and all
    portable toilets, it's biodegradable, has  fresh scent and is
    safe for septic tanks.

  • Bio Clean: Natural Bacteria Enzyme in Bio Clean can help
    you treat any type of raw sewage pit or cesspool. The
    bacteria used in Bio-Clean is grown in incubators and then
    dried and mixed with enzymes and other helpers. They lie
    dormant until they are mixed with water, and then it is
    hungry and active in about 30 minutes. Each piece of
    bacteria eats its own weight in waste in about one minute,
    but they also multiply. Bio Clean is a specially formulated
    blend of natural bacteria and powerful enzymes that digest
    dead organic waste material. Ideal for septic tanks, Happy
    Preppers will find it extremely useful and environmentally
    friendly product for processing waste.

  • RID-X: The powder formula of RID-X is scientifically
    formulated with special bacteria and enzymes to digest
    household waste. Simultaneously RID-X replenishes the
    delicate balance of beneficial bacteria and enzymes that help
    reduce the rate of sludge accumulation in your tank. RID-
    breaks down toilet paper, vegetable matter; while the lipase
    breaks down fats, oils, and grease; and protease breaks
    down proteins; and amylase breaks down starches.

Sanitation Survival item #7: Latex Gloves.
If you don't have latex gloves, now's the time to stock up. Not
only are they valuable in your first aid kit, and in pandemic
situations, but you'll need a barrier between you and
contaminants in sewage disposal or other unsavory tasks.

Sanitation Survival Item #8: Liquid Hand Soap.
Ordinary liquid hand soap is highly effective for your sanitation
needs, and you don't necessarily need antibacterial soap.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health in an article
which soap is best (antibacterials soap vs. plain soap),
"Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than plain soap and
water for killing disease-causing germs outside of health care
settings." They recommend liquid soap over bar soap as germs
can grow on bar soap more easily.

Sanitation Survival item #9: Bleach.
Sanitizing with bleach is a popular and economical method for
preppers to deal with sanitation. But note that bleach expires! A
good alternative to bleach is Steramine tablets, pictured
immediate left. One  bottle makes 150 gallons of cleaning

Sanitation Survival item #10: Steramine Tablets.
Steramine Quaternary sanitizing tablets is an economical
household sanitizer for preppers. One bottle makes 150 gallons of
cleaning. Steramine sanitizing tablets do not irritate the skin and
it's fine to use on food equipment. Mix one tablet with a gallon of
water and use in the bathroom or kitchen. Spray on knives and
butchering equipment, and cutting boards, sinks, counter tops,
and all other non-porous articles and surfaces. Made in the U.S.A.

Sanitation Survival item #11: Personal hygiene
(diapers, tampons, adult diapers and wipes).
Personal hygiene in a family will vary depending needs, ranging
from sanitary napkins, diapers or even adult diapers, and
preppers should take stock of needs to ensure adequate supplies.

Of utmost importance to any prepper is the ability to stay healthy
and fight infection, and keeping clean is high on the priority.  

  • Baby wipes. The problem with baby wipes is that they often
    have a certain smell.

  • Sun shower.  A solar shower is another good way to keep
    clean without running hot water.

Sanitation Survival Item #12: Dish washing soap.
Stock up on dish washing soap whenever it goes on sale. Check
the Dollar Stores too, but look carefully at the description. You'll
want the Ultra Concentrated version, which also usually has a
tighter seal (and will help you dispense less of the liquid).

Sanitation Survival Item #13: Paper plates, plastic
cup and utensils.
Keeping your utensils and cookware clean will take extra water.
Doing dishes will be an interesting problem best solved by not
doing them at all. Stock up on disposable paper plates, bowls and
utensils to keep dish cleaning at a minimum.
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