Skip to comments.Survival Hygiene
Posted on 10/07/2012 12:20:20 PM PDT by Kartographer
There are some topics that people maybe sometimes do not want to read or hear about, or other folks just thinking that is not too important when SHTF. Hygiene is something that we all agree is important, but how dirty is gonna be is other thing.
If you look for example to definition of Cholera you can see this: Cholera is an acute enteric infection caused by the ingestion of bacterium Vibrio cholerae present in faecally contaminated water or food. Primarily linked to insufficient access to safe water and proper sanitation, its impact can be even more dramatic in areas where basic environmental infrastructures are disrupted or have been destroyed.
I already mentioned that I suffered (together with lot of folks from that time) few serious cases of diarrhea, I mean cases when you can not lift your head up for days, i was so exhausted.
Did I have Cholera? I do not have clue, no hospitals, no labs, no doctors. Probably yes. All what I could do is to take fluids, menthol tea, chamomile tea and Rosa Canina tea.
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Bonus to storing Sodium Hypochlorite you can make gallons of bleach!
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Dehydration can be fatal.
There are several things to look out for: Hantavirus, Cholera, Giardia, Rocky mountain spotted tick fever.
Not sure that everyone knows bleach has a rather short self life. About 9 months.
hydrogen peroxide is good also, altho it too has a short shelf life
Until I was 5 we lived in the country in the Florida Panhandle. There was no electricity so we had to get our water from a well. There was also an artesian spring not far away which was probably more pure than well water.
It was not possible to keep as clean as we do now with an easy shower or tub bath every day but it was not difficult to stay reasonably clean either.
Mother always kept a bucket of water, a dipper and a pan on the back porch. Anyone coming in or after using the outdoor toilet would wash their hands then rinse. Daily baths were just with a washcloth and water. Once a week you took one in a tub and really scrubbed.
If one were thirsty and did not mind walking a hundred yards the flowing spring was better. Daddy always kept a glass on a stob of wood. You would drink from the flowing part then wash the glass for the next person.
My ggrandparents were affluent and had hot and cold running water and a huge old bathtub. They did this without electricity, tho it did require some ingenuity from GGrandpa who was an inventor.
Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are both good, but how much can you store? A 2 pound bag of Calcium Hypochlorite using 7 grams per two gallons of water I could make better than 250 gallons of bleach. A 2 pound bag fits easily fits in a plastic coffee can.
That’s why you make your own.
How to Make Homemade Chlorine Bleach
Better than Bleach: Use Calcium Hypochlorite to Disinfect Water
“Stob,” lol. I haven’t heard that word in decades.
My dad had a funny story, he’d enlisted in the Navy after his folks ran out of money and he had to drop out of Guilford College in the late forties. He was up in Rhode Island as a result, and befriended a fellow enlistee of Polish descent whose family also farmed, actually in Rhode Island I believe.
My dad usually went home with him on leave other than major holidays, and was helping them set out tomatoes one spring. The soil was hard and rocky, and the mother was having a hard time setting stakes. My dad just blurted out “ well, just whang ‘atair stob with the mattock” and they had no clue what he meant, but thought it was the funniest thing they’d ever heard.
He and my dad remained friends for many years afterwards, and he’d always ask him to say it when they spoke.
Drinking fluids isn’t sufficient for re-hydration from diarrhea, etc. You also need to rebalance your electrolytes. One of the replies to the article contains this recipe, which looks like it would do the trick.
“Heres a recipe for a rehydration solution (homemade Gatorade) if you do get dehydrated.
2 quarts (liters) Water
5-10 Tsp. Sugar (to taste)
1 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 Tsp. Salt Substitute (Potassium Chloride)
1 Pack unsweetened drink mix (Kool Aid) optional for flavoring”
Since the time Of Moses the simplest way of dealing with waste was burial. If a person can add lime all the better but the goal is keeping flies away from contact with waste.
Next using a small amount of lime in a hand washing rinse will help if soap is not available.
I think it may be spelled “staub” but the spell checker didn’t like either one.
A major part of our preps is to get and store the same soaps and cleaners we normally use. Keeping clean just as we do today is extremely important, regardless of any medical preps we may have. People often underestimate the actual level of cleanliness they live in and would be very surprised by the dirt and filth they would otherwise have without such things as soap and vacuum cleaners.
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