My purpose in starting this blog was to introduce women to prepping and show them this is something we can and must do for our families and ourselves. The last few months I’ve gotten away from that and with events seemingly heading for, at least, an economic collapse, I’m now getting back on track. Hopefully. That’s the plan. Wait! Plan?? As the saying goes, “If you want to hear The Gods laugh, tell Them your plans”. Is that laughter I’m hearing…..?…..
Since I’m writing this for women, I suppose I should focus on “women’s work”. Before you attack, keep in mind that dishes and clothing will still need to be washed. Since there are several men who read this, they’ll be educated and will have no excuse to not help out. 😆
The smartest item you can stockpile, in my opinion, is Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap. You can use it to wash your clothing, body, hair, dishes, pets, vehicles and just about anything else. It’s 30x concentrated, so just a few drops is all you need in a bucket of water for a quick washing up at the end of the day. You can use a stronger mix for washing dishes. Dr. Bronner’s is made with all natural and organic ingredients and I’ve never known it to leave a residue on anything I’ve used it on. It cleans so well, in fact, that I can’t use it regularly to wash my butt length hair. It strips my hair and leaves it so dry that I can’t condition it enough so I can even comb it! I can not find the “right” dilution that’ll work on my extra long and super fine hair.Other people claim they don’t have the same problem, everyone’s hair is different and that’s ok. It’s clear to me that post disaster/collapse I’ll have to figure out a way to tie the length of my hair out of the way and just wash the roots.
Using the 30:1 dilution, there’s minimal suds which means less rinsing when used to wash clothes. I’m not sure I’d use the Peppermint one for that purpose since the company uses essential oils for the fragrance. If you don’t know what I mean, think about sucking on a piece of peppermint candy and how it leaves your mouth feeling. I don’t think you’ll want that “cooling sensation” in your undies. Actually, I’m just being facetious about that since you use such a small amount of the soap. On second thought, why take the chance?
I mix sea salt, baking soda and a little powdered myrrh gum resin in a bowl, add a big squirt or three of Peppermint Dr. Bronner’s and stir. Then I add enough water to make a stiff dough. Dump it out on to a piece of parchment paper and flatten the mixture out to about ½ inch thickness, move the paper and the disk on to a wire rack and let it dry for several days. If it isn’t dry after a week I’ll break it up and throw it into my dehydrator for a day. When the mixture is completely dry, I break it up into pieces, put them into a plastic food storage container and liberally sprinkle them with peppermint essential oil. When I brush my teeth, I just break off a piece about the size of a pea and use that instead of commercial tooth paste. Myrrh has been used for centuries to prevent and treat gum disease. My own twist on the old Salt and Soda to brush your teeth. I make enough that the flattened disk is about the size of a standard salad plate and it lasts 6-9 months.
For dishes, fill your wash tub or bucket with hot water and several drops of Dr. Bronner’s, fill a second tub with hot water for rinsing. Wash your dishes in the soapy water and rinse off in the plain water. You can pick up a plastic dying rack from a dollar store for a couple dollars and use it put your clean dishes in to air dry.
One bottle and so many uses! In my area a small bottle runs about $4 or $5, but if you think about what it’ll replace it’s a bargain. Throw one into your Bug Out Bag so you’ll be able to keep yourself, your family and your things clean in the event you have to leave your home and get to a safer location. It may sound frivolous to talk about bathing when you’re literally running for your life, but by staying as clean as you can you’re helping to ward off the diseases that come from the poor sanitation that’s common in times like that.
Something to think about, anyway.