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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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Hopefully we'll be smarter than the African tribes they show on tv all the time. Get your drinking water from UPSTREAM of where you keep livestock and everybody poops. JEESH! :D "Our waters all muddy and tastes bad." O.O You THINK?!?

Got a pond for fresh water (to be boiled), the Atlantic ocean is 1 mile East, and the Intercoastal Waterway is 1 mile West for a swim. Got it covered here.

People in MI are all set to, they say your never more than a mile from a freshwater pond anywhere in the state.
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