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Basics: Hygiene

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OK, so the power is out and won't be coming back anytime soon. There's no city water, no working sewer system, and no stores to shop. Several months have passed since everything went medieval, and it seems the worst of the chaos is past. Now what?

How will you take care of your personal needs? How will you wash your clothes? What will you do for the basics we take for granted; soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper, those mysterious "feminine" products?

If you have a septic system, what happens when it needs to be pumped out? Do you know how to set up an outhouse that won't pollute your well? Can you even get water out of your well with no electricity?

We beat the AR vs AK debate to death, and go on at great length about which is the best survival knife, but what about the less glamorous needs of basic hygiene? Do you have a plan?
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Take what precautions you can about keeping your water clean but purify or boil everything befor you drink it. Water doesn't need to be boiled just get it to 160deg for about 15 minutes. As for collecting water our great grand parents would laugh at us. To hold water and liquids it took people with special skills and many hours to make barrels. All we have to do is put a garbage bage in just about any container to make it water tight. That is if we don't have enough containers anyway. For hygiene chlorine bleach would be worth it weight in gold. Also if you dig a trench or make an outhouse you are supposed to use lime (calcium hydroxide)to sanitize it (raises the ph to high for bacteria).
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