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Old 09-02-2017, 7:13 PM
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Default Clean Clothes in SHTF...

How do y'all plan to wash clothes in a SHTF disaster?

Reality is, there will be no running water or electricity. Look at Hurricane Harvey; they expect to be without power for weeks.

A pair of clean socks and chonies are a great moral booster along with just maintaining basic hygiene.






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How do y'all plan to wash clothes in a SHTF disaster?

Reality is, there will be no running water or electricity. Look at Hurricane Harvey; they expect to be without power for weeks.
No running water and you're going to use your precious water stores to wash your socks?
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Old 09-02-2017, 8:02 PM
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No running water and you're going to use your precious water stores to wash your socks?
Yes.

And, if you haven't thought about a plan to obtain water post SHTF.... Rookie.

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We will run out of soap before we ever run out of water, and that will take years.
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Store SHTF clothes in a vacuum seal bag, make the bag extra long and put vacuum sealed pouches of soap powder in the bag. When you take the clothes out, save it and the pouches of soap powder until you need them as a washer.
Put dirty clothes, soap and water in the bag, tie it off and move the clothes all around and rinse the clothes and bag. Good washer for a few washings.
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5 gallon Home Depot bucket with a cover, a few big round river rocks and roll that thing around on the ground with your feet until the black helicopters start circling.



You guys know you can use your own urine as a cleaning agent, right?

"Ammonia is also found in urine and the early Europeans often preferred pee to soap when cleaning their homes.
In ancient Rome, vessels were placed on streets as urine collectors. After the buckets were full from people passing by to relieve themselves, the vats were taken to a laundry and used to wash dirty clothes."


I mean I would never do that sheet but I plan on selling my urine to the highest bidder.



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Storing water for laundry use is a good idea and you can make it last longer by recycling it.
Add some vinegar to laundry water (with or without soap) to disinfect your stuff. Killing the bacteria will kill the smell too.
Use alum to clear up the water and siphon clear water off to another bucket and use it again.
You can keep this going for a long time.
Sun dry all your clothes or if the clothes don't have goo on them just let them sit in the sun all day. Freshens them up surprisingly well. No water needed.
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Old-school field washing...
Dump some shirts, skivvies, etc. in a .50 cal. ammo can, spoonful of detergent, fill her mostly with water. Shake, adjust positions, shake. Repeat for a while.

Dump water, new water, repeat shake method.

New water, repeat shake method, drain wring. Hang them in summer sun...

Better than nothing.
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I picked this up
https://smile.amazon.com/Laundry-Alt...ive+wonderwash
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Old-school field washing...
I plan on getting one of these for new school field washing.

https://thescrubba.com/collections/a...tical-wash-bag
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Interesting non-electric, yet: "Voltage 120 volts "
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Interesting non-electric, yet: "Voltage 120 volts "
Maybe it's also a crank generator?
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12x12x16?
You might get some socks or skivvies in there. Maybe.
Blue jeans?

I'm not sure this will do much, but let us know how this works when you try it.

You don't know until you try. Right?

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12x12x16?
You might get some socks or skivvies in there. Maybe.
Blue jeans?

I'm not sure this will do much, but let us know how this works when you try it.

You don't know until you try. Right?

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It looks like maybe an outfit at most. It says 4.4lbs of clothes max. What sold me was the Amazon review from the one person who used it in Africa for a year daily.

I will be washing my scrubs tonight with it. I will report back later.
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Since the Berkey is gonna make the swimming pool into drinking water, don't see why the hot tub can't be the laundry. Toss in clothes, kids and soap, clean them all at once.
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5 gallon bucket and a toilet plunger(or something similar) works well. Depending on the time of the year the creek may or may not have water.
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It looks like maybe an outfit at most. It says 4.4lbs of clothes max. What sold me was the Amazon review from the one person who used it in Africa for a year daily.

I will be washing my scrubs tonight with it. I will report back later.
How'd it work
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5 gallon bucket and a toilet plunger(or something similar) works well. Depending on the time of the year the creek may or may not have water.
Look up Rapid Washer. We have one and it works well. Laundry detergent will be an issue but just hot water alone does wonders to clean clothing.

On the soap issue, my wife and I tried making soap from scratch and it was a failure. Saved oak ash from our wood stove all winter to leach the lye but was never able to get the lye strong enough. We added store bought lye and lard from our hogs we raised. We got soap but it was very soft but we are still using it...
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In a SHTF disaster I figure it's clothing optional.

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No running water and you're going to use your precious water stores to wash your socks?
Clean socks will help make sure you don't get athletes foot. Clean skivies will help keep jock itch and other rashes away.
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No running water and you're going to use your precious water stores to wash your socks?
It isn't that hard to have enough water for both drinking and cleaning. 2gals/person/day is plenty for my wife and I when we go backwoods camping. We keep clean clothes and wash ourselves on the single gallon per day.

Drinking is more important, but you'll get pretty sick after a couple of weeks of no showers if your body is used to showering every day.

You are not washing sweatshirts daily with that kind of water usage, but you can keep clean underwear, socks, and undershirts. You can wash jeans also if you are not having pasta for dinner.
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