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99 Capacities Series – Capacity #33: Avoid Contamination of Yourself and Others from Bathroom Activities

The thirty-third capacity that I introduce in my eBook is that you must [be able to] avoid contamination of yourself and others from bathroom ‘activities’.” In it I state that:

You must “avoid contamination of yourself and others from bathroom “activities”. Again, fecal contamination is a significant concern given that running water and even soap may not be available. Do you have supplies to deal with this? Hand sanitizers and wet wipes would be useful here. Ensure you have enough on hand to adequately see you through.”

As discussed a few weeks back, proper disposal of human waste is paramount to good health in normal times, but especially so during an emergency situation given that normal health care infrastructure may not be available.

This post isn’t about burying waste but, rather, about keep yourself clean as you normally would, with the exception that you may not have running water and soap readily available. Of course, it’s easy to stock up on soap, be it bar soap or liquid hand soap… so do it! Hand sanitizers are also very useful in this situation so keep a few bottles of that around as well. If you shop at Sam’s Club or Costco you can purchase dozens of bars of soap at once as well as huge bottles of liquid hand soap and hand sanitizer. IMO, this stuff will stay good for many years to come so long as it isn’t exposed to harsh environments regardless of so called “expiration” dates.

It might also be quite useful to have a ready supply of wet wipes given that toilet paper may be at a premium for a while. Oh, and stock up on some toilet paper while you’re at Sam’s Club or Costco. You might also want to know how to make your own wet wipes; there are plenty of recipes out there besides this one so take the time to find one that you like. That said, you will need the ingredients to make them so stock up on these as well.

Considering that water will be scarce, know how to conserve it as best as you can yet still create the luxury of a working sink. Remember that continuously running water will probably not be available but temporarily running water (such as the working sink reference) can be done and quite useful for such a situation. You could even use the collected water as greywater for other purposes too.

The supplies mentioned here are inexpensive now but could be invaluable in hard times. They last virtually forever and can save your life. Stock up as best as you can and remember to rotate your supplies and you’ll be in good shape.

Note: This post is part of an ongoing series detailing the ideas from my free eBook, The 99 Capacities You MUST Acquire BEFORE Disaster Strikes You!, which you may freely download here.

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