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Spray and wipe bath time

November 14, 2012

One of our prime concerns of surviving a crisis is conservation of our water supply. I mentioned in another article how to collect rainwater from a tarp or awning of your bug out travel trailer to supplement your water supply in your freshwater tank, or whatever containers you may have. Drinking and cooking water, from whatever source of ‘found water’ must of course be filtered and sanitized before use. Not so much for just bathing, coarsely filtered water is fine for that job as long as you avoid getting a lot into your mouth.

At the same time we are concerned with conserving water, we must also deal with some personal hygiene, which uses up precious water when you bathe. While using hand sanitizer most often to ‘wash’ our hands to save water, bathing with that stuff won’t work too well. So, ponder this idea: How about using spray bottles, like your Windex comes in? If I had to, I could dump out the Windex and rinse the bottle until the cleaning stuff was gone, but that activity would also cost you some water. So, how about go to your favorite big China products store (Wal-Mart by any other name) and grab a couple fresh, empty general purpose spray bottles. To implement this idea, put a little dab of your favorite body wash soap into bottle “A” and label it ‘body soap’. Take bottle “B” and fill with plain water. Mark this one ‘rinse’.

Now using bottle A, spritz yourself lightly in all the crucial places and take a washcloth to those areas like you would do in a ‘real bath’ from the top down. Then take the B bottle and spritz on a ‘rinse’ and wipe down with a second washcloth. Even if you went on a spritzing spree, you won’t use more than a quart or so of water, depending on the size of your bottles.

I think I mentioned in the rainwater collection article, or meant to at any rate, one more way to stretch your water supply in your house. Take out the “P” trap from your kitchen sink, plug the pipe going into the wall with a rag or sock,  and put a 5 gallon bucket under the down pipe. The sock in the wall pipe will keep any nasty smells and gas from coming into the house. You will have to watch closely so that the bucket doesn’t run over. Now whatever water is drained from the sinks will be available for alternative use. When nearly full from dish washing, using the old fashioned two sink method, you can use that ‘gray water’ to flush your main toilet.

See steps 6 & 7 for a ‘survival dish washing’ style  Dish washing conserving water  ; the information can also save on your water and energy bills in the house.

There you go, clean and fresh, ready to face another day of surviving without making each others eyes water from the B.O. 🙂

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