With all the conveniences around us, we rarely wish to learn how to stay hygienic without running water.
However, the trick might be useful when you want to learn survival philosophy and emulate things that a prepper does.
The typical prepper’s philosophy of staying clean without taking a shower or even bathing is to kill the bacteria that might get colonized in your clothes. For doing so, the basic trick is to take out all your clothes and put them on an ant hill so that the ants can do the cleaning job for you by eating out the bacteria in your clothes.
The most vital part of staying clean without running water is to focus on areas most vulnerable to the growth of bacteria. This suggests that you should take special care of areas like armpits and crotch.
Here is a list of 7 ways to stay clean without running water.
Though it is advisable to take a daily shower because it’s hygienic as well as fun to have, there are times when your knowledge of how to shower without a fixed shower at your disposal can come handy when it is your last resort. Sounds a difficult challenge but it can be achieved.
The best option for the scenario is to use a solar shower. As the name suggests, a solar shower is something that makes use of solar energy or sun’s power to heat the water to a comfortable temperature. Whereas several readymade solar showers are available for purchase, you can also build your own solar shower.
Though there are some solar shower designs, 2 of them seem to work perfectly. One is built from a plain iron pipe fitted with a pull chain shower head. The pipe is capable of holding a few gallons of water sufficient to provide a shower or two. The other one uses a metal drum instead of the pipe to store water but follows pretty much the same mechanism. In any case, the solar shower is filled with water and let out in the sun to warm up the shower water.
Baths can help you save water. Baths don’t require running water as you need something to hold the water and a pan or pitcher to pour water on yourself. Bathtubs are the most common equipment used for taking a bath at However, you can also use a galvanized tub with a pan or pitcher to rinse yourself.
Another method of taking a bath is to use a bucket. This method additionally requires a mug, soap, and a towel. You can heat up the water for a warm bath or use it as it is. This process involves you to pour a few mugs of water on your body, then apply the soap on your entire body and finally wash yourself with the remaining water in the bucket. At last, use the towel to dry yourself out.
3. Wet Naps and Baby Wipes
When suffering from the extreme absence of water, you can make use of wet naps and even baby wipes to keep yourself clean and hygienic. If you’re crafty enough then you can make your very own wet wipes and save a few bucks in the process. If you’re interested but don’t know how to make them, here’s how to do so.
To make your very own wet wipes you require:
- A roll of paper towels
- ½ tablespoon of dishwashing soap
- 2-3 cups of water
- A little tea tree oil (imparts anti-bacterial properties)
- A container/Tupperware
First, cut the paper towel roll into two halves. Place one of them into a container or Tupperware. Mix 2 cups of water, soap and add 5-10 drops of tea tree oil. Take this mixture and pour it carefully into the container having one-half of the paper towels. Let the mix sit for one night. On the next day, pull out the soggy cardboard tube from the center of the paper towels roll. You need to add a little more water if the blend appears a bit dry. Now, leave the roll to set up the wipes like a box of tissues.
These freshly prepared wet wipes can be used anytime to keep your body hygienic and clean.
4. Waterless Cleansers
There are some waterless cleansers available in the market. As the name suggests, you don’t require water to make use of these cleansers. Two of the most popular waterless cleansers are hand sanitizers and waterless soaps.
Hand sanitizers come in the form of small squeezy bottles. You need to squeeze the bottle a little to let the liquid squirt out on your hands. Now rub your hands with the sanitizers and use a washcloth or paper towel afterward. Waterless soaps are strips of paper-like material that let you rub them on any part of your body to work as soap but without the need of water.
While using these waterless cleansers, keep in mind that these are not meant for long continued use.
5. Smoking (Smoke Bathing)
Smoke has anti-bacterial properties. So, in the case when no washing is possible you can smoke yourself out to keep your body and clothes safe from bacteria and other harmful buildups. You can start a light fire for the purpose.
Be sure to put off the fire once you’re finished with your smoke bath.
6. Dealing with Dirty Water
There is a difference between dirty water and contaminated water. Whereas the dirty water can be any waste water that looks dark, contaminated water is one that contains harsh chemicals and other harmful products which make it unfit for human use.
7. Dirt Baths
Dirt bath is a common activity among birds to stay clean. The same can be used by humans also as long as the dry dirt you use The dirt is capable of absorbing and removing rank oils produced by your body and hence helps you to stay clean. All you need to do is to cover your entire body in the dirt and let it sit for a few minutes. After that, knock it off, and you’re all done.
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