Personal Hygiene After A Disaster

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Have you thought about our personal hygiene after a disaster or emergency? There would be a number of things we might need. I like to store extra toothbrushes and toothpaste. Yep, that is one thing I would not like to have to share with anyone else. I want my own toothbrush and tube of toothpaste. You might laugh, but in an emergency or unforeseen disaster, I am picturing popping lots of popcorn to share with everyone. Yep, this is why we need floss. Razors, let’s be realistic here, it would probably be on the bottom of the list. But some people might want to shave. Who knows…if so, I am prepared with a few extras for those who might need them.

We all know we need toilet paper, hand soap, and shampoo. You can make your own or buy some extras for the storage pantry.  I’ve determined I won’t make my own toilet paper (update-I am making family cloth), but have made soap for home use.  If we watch the sales we can get these products for next to nothing, or at a very discounted price. Dollar type stores are great for these sorts of products. Coupons help as well because I usually always get my stuff for pennies on the dollar, so to speak. Yep, it’s all about personal hygiene.

Shampoo-Toilet Paper-Hand Soap

Next, I wanted to show those items that might be needed each month for some people. Here’s the deal…I don’t know about you but we are not pioneers…these items will be needed by lots of women. BUT, they can also be used for pressure pads if someone is bleeding from a deep cut or wound. Yep, these puppies are good for more than one thing.

Personal Monthly Items

Okay, I was making some homemade monthly pads or pads that can be used for so many things. I took some 3 ply pre-folded diapers 20 inches by 14 inches and cut them in half. I started serging the pieces I had cut in half. Man, those can be used for so many things besides a girl’s monthly issues. Cloth bandages, small slings, etc. The great thing is that we can re-use them. I know it probably sounds gross, but I am sure some people would love to have these. Just saying…. please note I realize the products above might have some chemicals that might not be acceptable to a lot of people…but I am storing them anyway. It’s about personal hygiene.

Cloth Diapers

You can use these cloth diapers for so many things.

Baby and Toddler Needs

I know for sure I would have a stash of diapers. These can be cloth diapers and I did find some waterproof pants to go with them. I would stock up on some extra disposable diapers as well. It’s all about personal hygiene for the babies and toddlers in our life, be it family, friends or neighbors. I have been at homes I am visiting and the little ones are there and they are totally out of diapers….wow. What if all the roads are shut down? What if the stores where you normally buy disposable diapers are cleared out in an unforeseen disaster? Something to think about. Grab an extra package. I would also buy some cloth diapers, waterproof pants, and safety pins.  My kids were raised with cloth diapers. It might sound gross…but we did not have disposable diapers. They worked great too!

Cloth diapers 

First aid kit 

8 thoughts on “Personal Hygiene After A Disaster

  • July 16, 2014 at 7:58 am
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    Great post! Those diapers come in handy for so many things.

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    • July 16, 2014 at 8:23 am
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      Carol, yes they do! Who can’t use a few extra diapers?? Linda

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  • July 17, 2014 at 5:32 am
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    Be sure to stock extra of the monthly hygiene items for first aid. Both tampons and pads.
    Good idea on the cloth diapers for other uses.
    My wife & I each designated a roll of TP to see under normal circumstances a roll will last, so you know how much to store. Although bulky, it can be stored anywhere unlike foods. Even in the attic.

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    • July 17, 2014 at 9:46 am
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      Hi PapaJ, Good ideas! Good tip on the toilet paper amount needed. I love ideas from everyone! Thank you so much! Linda

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  • November 1, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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    A note about washable menstrual pads.There are patterns/tutorials for many styles online. I personally used set of home sewn pads for years rather than buy any commercial feminine hygiene products available.The main reason…to save some money but also to feel a little bit freer in our
    you-can’t-live-without-our-product world.Mine had inner pads sewn from several layers of flannel and a flannel holder into which the pads were fastened. The holder had wings which fastened around your undies with Velcro, similar to many commercial pads which have wings.My kit had 3 covers/10 inner pads which could be doubled up when necessary. I also made a water proof bag to carry with me.And a large ziplock bag.The key to keeping things looking good is to dampen the used pads and keep them wet until you can wash them.If hand washing, several thinner pads dry faster than a couple really thick pads.A great resource for patterns and instructions is an org called Days for Girls, International. Volunteers sew and donate kits distributed to girls/women who don’t have access to disposable products. If you use their patterns please consider donating to them.

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    • November 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm
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      Hi Martha, this is a great idea, I think I looked up that group and I was really impressed. I like your pattern idea as well. I made a few dozen even though I no longer need them, but someone in the neighborhood may need some after a disaster or emergency. Great comment, thank you, Linda

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  • January 9, 2018 at 11:55 am
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    I try to buy a case of toilet paper every couple of months. I buy travel size toothpaste,toothbrushes ,shampoo, soap, disposable razors ,shaving cream,wipes, etc and keep in a plastic tote.That way I can make up little bags to hand out to those that might need them.

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    • January 9, 2018 at 7:45 pm
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      Oh, Judy, that is so awesome! You never know when you will have a few neighbors who lose their home and need a bed and a new toothbrush after a disaster! God bless you for your efforts. Linda

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