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When the power is out, there’s a water shortage and garbage is becoming a mountain outside your home, it’s not that far-fetched to say you need to seriously worry about an outbreak of illness. During a power outage, life becomes camping around the fire, simple and primitive…but without the fire, the vastness of Mother Nature or any of the fun of camping. In other words, it’s absolutely no fun. There are many things to consider in a power outage, such as getting water, getting and preparing food with primitive tools, keeping warm or cool and how to stay in contact with family members, that cleanliness may be neglected.
Keeping your home and yourself clean during an outage can become a task. There’s no water for a shower and if it’s cold, you probably don’t want to take one. However, cleanliness is also important to prevent the spread of diseases and eliminate the potential of a bug or rodent invasion. Here are some tips to help you keep your home clean, even when the power is out.
Have cleaning products in your stash. If you only use a vacuum to clean floors and a dishwasher for dishes, it’s time to invest in some hand tools for cleaning. A broom, dustpan, dish soap, dish towels and drainer, sponges or dishrags and other cleaning items are important to have on hand. You can stock up on these items at dollar stores or discount stores and keep them available. While paper plates may sound like a good idea, if you have no way to dispose them, they become a liability. If you have a wood burning stove or are using a fire pit or grill for cooking, keep a supply of paper plates and cups handy.
You’ll need a pan or kettle to heat water for washing and a pan to pour it into when it’s warm. Your supply should include enough water to accommodate personal hygiene. Consider drilling a well and putting in a hand pump if you have a yard. It could be one way to make sure you always have ample water for all your needs. A stock pile of personal hygiene products, wash cloths and towels are important.
A rope to create an indoor or outdoor clothes line is also practical. They also have racks that have various levels to hang clothing and towels to dry, which is handy after hand washing clothing. While you may have enough clothing to make a movie star jealous, if there’s a long-term outage, you’ll have to wash them at some point. A large tub to do that in, plus a tub for rinsing can solve that problem.
Finally, conserve your water. Use gray water to flush down brown waste, but if it’s yellow, let it mellow. You can flush the toilet by simply pouring water in the bowl quickly. If you can’t flush when the power goes out, which happens if you have an electric flush or basement toilet that pumps the waste upward, have an alternative way to dispose of waste.