As we cover necessities and non food items to be stored, there are going to be items that may not apply to you or some that I have left off that do. I will do my best to address as many as I can. This post will focus on hygiene because the “necessities” category is vast. So we are going to break it down and focus for each series piece. Each of us has different situations and needs so, your own list will be a custom fit. That being said, many of these items can be costly even in bulk. I highly recommend that you break this list down into manageable chunks and be flexible. For example, you’ve decided that the month of October, you are going to get toiletries for storage and you budgeted accordingly. This will be toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner and female supplies. As you walk through the store, you see a huge discount on laundry detergent. That wasn’t in your wheel house for this month, but to pass up the deal would be a missed opportunity. You will have to amend your list. Displace the cost of the laundry detergent against your original list and let go of some of the items. Put them down for next time. We can’t eat the entire elephant in one bite and life is unpredictable. Taking this approach and being flexible will help you not drown in all the organizing, acquiring, and expenses.
- toilet paper
- tooth brushes
- nail care kit
- hydrogen peroxide
- alcohol for cleaning
- first aid kit
- activated charcoal
- bentonite clay
- baking soda
- cotton balls/ear swabs
- latex gloves
- feminine hygiene products
These are important for obvious reasons. If modern life comes to a screeching halt and you are relying on what you have available to survive, suddenly you will be asking, why you didn’t stockpile toilet paper. These daily items are a line of defense against illness, infection, disease and peace of mind. History has shown repeatedly that good sanitation practices have changed societies. People groups once plagued by outbreaks, low mortality, high birth rate losses and other issues were often solved through good sanitation. Now, our modern society is so hooked on modern conveniences that many have forgotten that you can be just as clean and just as healthy with a primitive system. Clean water, soap and proper waste disposal will keep you safe and healthy.
Now before we run to the nearest drug store or mega store and buy, I want to encourage you to find healthier cleaners for your life. We have a lot of options for hygienic cleaners but not all are safe. There are a number of horrible chemicals in shampoos, conditioners, and soaps that we do not want to just throw back into the ecosystem. Honestly, most people should stop using them for their own sakes. For example, shampoos and conditioners contain, polyethylene glycol (PEG) which causes cancer and can cause organ toxicity. They also contain sodium lauryl sulfates which cause skin irritation, depression, cancer and liver damage. I know, you aren’t eating it, but it is still absorbed into the largest organ on the human body, the epidermis. If you want to be really bold, there are tutorials on how to make your own shampoo and conditioners. These recipes require getting the basic ingredients, but with a little effort, these ingredients will actually save you a ton of money and they are easily stored until you need to make another batch. It isn’t just shampoos, conditioners, and soaps you need to worry about. Consider getting activated charcoal and bentonite clay into your hygiene routine. These can be used both in the body with toothpaste and on the body. They are detoxifying, safe and effective. For teeth, the charcoal cleans and purifies while the clay strengthens enamel and gums. Bentonite clay is also good for burn treatment and insect bites. It removes heavy metals from the body as well. Again, once you have these ingredients you can combine them with a few other household kitchen ingredients and have an awesome homemade toothpaste. Use refillable containers and mason jars, this way you are also not contributing to the plastic waste problem.
I want to include for you a recipe for homemade toothpaste. The ingredients are inexpensive and once you buy them, you can keep restocking without purchasing more. Use a mason jar to store your toothpaste when you have finished mixing it. I even mix mine directly in the jar. 1 cup of baking soda, 10 drops of edible peppermint or mint oil. 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt (Himalayan or iodized). Now, these ingredients don’t sound yummy to the uninitiated, but once you get used to not brushing your teeth with sugar you will have the cleanest, brightest teeth. I use mine everyday and it is the best my teeth and mouth have felt. All these ingredients do something for you, not just hide the taste of chemicals. If you want to increase gum strength, reduce sensitivity and whiten teeth further I recommend adding 1/2 teaspoon each of activated charcoal in powder form and bentonite clay powder. Activated charcoal is pure carbon, the human body, like plants, needs this grounded medium to cleanse and detoxify us. Bentonite clay is volcanic, it can be used to treat burns on the skin, it is an anti-inflammatory, it detoxes the body of heavy metals. It will also increase the enamel strength of your teeth. Do not mix or touch a metal spoon to the bentonite clay because it has properties that are weakened by contact with metal and if you want to get heavy metals from your body, you want it to do the job before it deactivates from use. Both of these will give you a super paste, you will need to increase the amount of coconut oil as you mix to achieve the texture you want. Give it a try and don’t be afraid to add other all natural and edible ingredients. It’s very liberating to realize that you can create a product for your health and hygiene without being a laboratory scientist. Truly, you have the ability to master more of your health than you realize.
Another big issue in the hygiene category is the toilet. As mentioned in the last article, a lot of water is needed to flush a troilet. If you are conserving water, you need to seriously consider a composting toilet. It will save you in the long run. It is a healthy, clean, and non smelly option. As long as you have a medium, like sawdust or wood chips that are very dry. Some sand can be added as well. Doing this to cover your business each time will keep the smell from happening. Bacteria needs water to grow and that smell is the result. You can also get toilet papers that are for camping and dissolve easily. The most extreme version of toilet paper I know of, is an old manner of using cloths cut into small pieces, about the size of a 6 x 6 square. These are used for cleaning after your business and then the cloths are put into a container with a mixture of bleach (or white vinegar) and water and soak until you launder them. This may be an uncomfortable idea for most people, but it helps to know there are other possibilities when toilet paper is not available. Ask yourself, what did people do two hundred years ago? What worked and what didn’t? We can be educated anew by the past.
In order to institue a composting toilet system you will need a lot of buckets. the kind you get at lowes or home depot are perfect. For more information on this subject and to see a successful practice of this method, please check out Off Grid with Doug and Stacey. They have used this method for years and show how easy it is to manage.
I know I didn’t cover everything, but if you want more information and tools about this subject, please check out LDSprepper. They have an excellent resource for information about how to begin prepping and the steps to take. Again I admonish you to consider finding out if there is a local class being offered for basic first aide. Also, learn about making your own hygiene products. It is much simpler than most people know. Using baking soda, arrow root powders and coconut oil, you can create a number of products, including deodorants, scrubs, masks, and tooth paste. Adding an essential oil, or flavoring can make it even better. Most importnantly these ingredients do some amazing jobs. It’s great to buy a shampoo or tooth paste, but does yours give back to your body? We need to be feeding ourselves healthy foods and healthy hygiene. I feel wonderful knowing my home products do not break down my bodies natural defenses but instead, enhance them. After a few years of living this way, I have more energy, am slimmer, stronger and look younger than previously in my life. I tell you this because I hope that you get to live your best life, crisis or not. Be healthy, strong, wise and ready.
Always with kindest regards,