It is inevitable that sooner or later you will have to wash yourself. I know in a rough situation it is sometimes the last thing we think about. And thinking that we could actually make it full 30 days without a shower is to laugh at. I know that it could be done, but given a choice I am sure that you would take full advantage of it after just 2 days.
So the shower doesn’t work and neither does the hot water heater. What do we do? We are going to have to resort to old school tactics here to get the job done.
The 55 gallon storage container is now your bathtub. With just 1 gallon of boiled water from our camp stove mixed with an additional gallon of water there is enough to get the job done. While the water is still clean wash your face and hair first then proceed to the rest of your body. One of the benefits of being home is that you still have access to wash clothes and clean towels.
Brushing your teeth can be accomplished in a cup of water and shaving in a bowl. Ok, I know you are going to ask me this question. Why wouldn’t I simply use my bathtub instead of a 55 gallon container? Or why can’t I just use my sink to fill up to shave or brush my teeth? The answer is grey water. The same water that you are using to bath, shave and brush your teeth will be saved to one of your 5 gallon buckets and utilized to pour into your toilet to flush away waste.
Keeping yourself clean is not only good for cleanliness it will also keep your spirits up during this down time. This brings up another subject that I believe is closely related to hygiene.
After a a while you will run out of clean clothing to change into. I recommend utilizing the the same 55 gallon container, some hot water and laundry detergent to wash your underwear and socks. And only if you know that you have enough water on hand to make it through the full 30 days to you take on the task of cleaning your pants and shirts.
Your homemade washing machine will only work through your hard labor. It would be preferable to do this early in the morning as you can utilize the days sunshine to assist in drying them. Start by placing your clothing in the tub while boiling 2 gallons of water. Ad the water to the tub of clothing along with your laundry detergent. Blend everything lightly with the handle side of a broom as the boiled water could scold you hands. Now just let everything sit for about 15 minutes to allow the soap to work itself into your clothing and allow the water to get cool enough for you to handle your clothing. Now start rubbing all of the articles of clothing together vigorously for about 10 minutes or so. Ring out each item the best you can by twisting as much water out of each item as possible and place them in a 5 gallon bucket. After all items are placed in the bucket continue by pouring clean water into the bucket until it just about covers your clothing. Again start rubbing your clothing together for another 5 minutes and let then sit a while as you will probably need a well earned break. Wring out each item and set in a laundry basket for hanging. If you don’t have a laundry line in your yard don’t feel bad as most of us don’t you can utilize a 50″ length of paracord which by the way is yet another item you should always have in your survival pack.
And once again, do not forget to save the dirty water for the use of flushing the toilet.
So there you have it. You are clean and so is your clothing. You are ready to go out for pizza. Oh, well. I am sure it is a nice thought anyway.