Happy Preppers never let the “S” hit the fan!
Sanitation is important in the aftermath of a catastrophe, because the power grid
could go down for an extended period.
While it’s true that humans have survived without toilets and toilet paper, and without
hand sanitizers and antibacterials since the dawn of mankind, these luxuries are not
to be overlooked. At first this would seem a minor annoyance not to have toilet paper,
or a quick clean with a hand sanitizer, but in the later stages it could mean the
difference between life or death. Hygiene is of ultimate importance as infections can
arise from simple mishaps.
The answer in any scenario is for the Happy Prepper to set up a sanitation station. In
the simplest form, a complete sanitation system includes a sanitation bucket and
bags, along with a supply of toilet paper and baby wipes, and a way to treat the
sewage with a bacteria enzyme treatment. More luxurious accommodations, include a
compositing toilet system, or a built in septic tank.
How to set up a Sanitation Station
Following is a list of survival items to stockpile to ensure proper sanitation in survival
- Sanitation Survival Item #1: Camping Toilet or Five Gallon Bucket. While
sanitation is never a pleasant subject, it’s important to make preparations
before the “S” hits the fans. You’ll need a place to “let it go.“ Because in the
aftermath of a catastrophe, the municipal sanitation system may go terribly
awry. If for example, the power grid goes down for an extended period (as with
an Electromagnet Pulse situation) it means that toilets simply won’t work.
Toilets rely on electricity to pump and flush.
Here are some options to the toilet you use every day:
- Portable Toilet set: Pictured right in red, the portable toilet set includes
the bucket and latrine seat complete with 5 liners, 5 chemical toilet packs
with deodorizer, as well as toilet paper, gloves for sanitary changing and
even hand sanitizer. They’ve thought of everything! Stock extra infectious
- Luggable Loo Portable Toilet: This five-gallon bucket, pictured at the top
of the page, is the most economically priced portable toilet. It’s bucket
style with a traditional snap-on, hinged seat and cover. It’s compatible
with standard Double Doodie bag from Reliance Products, which means
virtually no clean-up and waste disposal is a snap when used together.
- Porta potty: The sturdy portable toilet, pictured right features a home-
like design. It operates on batteries to flush, an integrates a toilet paper
- Composting Toilet: For an off-grid bugout location, consider a
- Sanitation Survival Item #3: Toilet paper. Having adequate supply of toilet
paper is a “no brainer” for preppers. In the aftermath of an economic
catastrophe, it’s possible for the production of toilet paper to run out. It might
also become too dangerous to source toilet paper because of a pandemic or
rioting. Don’t even think of resorting to wiping with the pages of a telephone
books, when you can simply plan ahead. Stock up when things go on sale.
Cottonelle, pictured right, can be mailed to your door by Amazon.
- Discover what people did before toilet paper. You’ll always need an
option for when the toilet paper runs out, which brings us to sanitation
survival item #4.
- Sanitation Survival Item #4. Bidet. Not often on the list of other prepper Web
sites, a bidet is an unusual prep. A bidet is a water bath for your genital and
anal area. In the old days a bidet was common and was simply an oval basin.
Today a bidet is often used for recovering from childbirth to keep the area clean.
For a sanitizing effect, you’ll need only small bottle with the appropriate hygienic
water stream angle, such as Blue Bidet, pictured at the top right-hand corner of
the page. Blue Bidet costs under $10 and could be one of the more important
survival items in your arsenal.
- Sanitation Survival Item #5: Infectious Waste Bags. Double Doodie bags will
contain the Luggable Loo toilet system. Trash bag may perform the same
function. But for biohazardous waste in a pandemic situation, you’ll want further
controls, such as infectious waste bags.
- Double Doodie: Pictured at the top of the page, Double Doodie toilet
waste bags are designed for easy, no mess waste disposal. Each bag
consists of an inner bag and an outer bag that seals easily and is leak
proof. Use Double Doodie with Luggable Loo toilets as well as most other
- Sanitation Survival Item #6: Sewage Treatment.
- Aqua-Kem Toss Ins Holding Tank Deodorant: Pictured left, the Aqua-
Kem Toss Ins is a holding tank deodorant in water soluble packs that’s
conveniently pre-measured. Specially formulated for RV and marine
holding tanks and all portable toilets, it’s biodegradable, has fresh scent
and is safe for septic tanks.
- Bio Clean: Natural Bacteria Enzymes found in Bio Clean can help you
treat any type of raw sewage pit or cesspool. The bacteria used in Bio-
Clean is grown in incubators and then dried and mixed with enzymes and
other helpers. They lie dormant until they are mixed with water, and then
it is hungry and active in about 30 minutes. Each piece of bacteria eats its
own weight in waste in about one minute, but they also multiply. Bio
Clean is a specially formulated blend of natural bacteria and powerful
enzymes that digest dead organic waste material. Ideal for septic tanks,
Happy Preppers will find it extremely useful and environmentally friendly
product for processing waste.
- RID-X: The powder formula of RID-X is scientifically formulated with
special bacteria and enzymes to digest household waste. Simultaneously
RID-X replenishes the delicate balance of beneficial bacteria and enzymes
that help reduce the rate of sludge accumulation in your tank. RID- breaks
down toilet paper, vegetable matter; while the lipase breaks down fats,
oils, and grease; and protease breaks down proteins; and amylase
breaks down starches.
- Sanitation Survival item #7: Latex Gloves. If you don’t have latex gloves,
now’s the time to stock up. Not only are they valuable in your first aid kit, and in
pandemic situations, but you’ll need a barrier between you and contaminants in
sewage disposal or other unsavory tasks.
- Sanitation Survival Item #8: Liquid Hand Soap. Ordinary liquid hand soap is
highly effective for your sanitation needs, and you don’t necessarily need
antibacterial soap. According to the Minnesota Department of Health in an
article about which soap is best (antibacterials soap vs. plain soap),
“Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than plain soap and water for killing
disease-causing germs outside of health care settings.” They recommend liquid
soap over bar soap as germs can grow on bar soap more easily.
- Sanitation Survival item #9: Bleach. Sanitizing with bleach is a popular and
economical method for preppers to deal with sanitation. But note that bleach
expires! A good alternative to bleach is Steramine tablets, pictured immediate
left. One bottle makes 150 gallons of cleaning solution!
- Sanitation Survival item #9: Steramine Tablets. Steramine Quaternary
sanitizing tablets is an economical household sanitizer for preppers. One bottle
makes 150 gallons of cleaning. Steramine sanitizing tablets do not irritate the
skin and it’s fine to use on food equipment. Mix one tablet with a gallon of water
and use in the bathroom or kitchen. Spray on knives and butchering equipment,
and cutting boards, sinks, counter tops, and all other non-porous articles and
surfaces. Made in the U.S.A.
- Sanitation Survival item #10: Lysol. Every Prepper should stock Lysol
Disinfectant, which kills 99.9% of the germs, according to the product labeling
(even if they prefer natural products, such as vinegar and baking soda). Lysol
effectively kills Influenza A and B viruses, Asian influenza A Virus, Polio virus
Type 1 and Hepatitis A Virus among many other viruses, bacteria and fungi. It
works for a home infected with Lice. Read the precautionary statements on the
labeling, and store away from the reach of children.
- Sanitation Survival item #11: Personal hygiene (diapers, tampons, adult
diapers and wipes). Personal hygiene in a family will vary depending needs,
ranging from sanitary napkins, diapers or even adult diapers, and preppers
should take stock of needs to ensure adequate supplies. Of utmost importance
to any Prepper is the ability to stay healthy and fight infection.
- Fresh Bath: Made in the USA, Fresh Bath, pictured left, is a
biodegradable product that’s a proprietary mix of antibacterial agents,
vitamins, and moisturizers to help you stay clean when a bath is not
convenient or possible. Large enough to clean and refresh your entire
body with just one wipe, you get 8 wipes per package. Fresh Bath is a
tough cloth soaked in emollients with a mild scent. Fresh Bath might not
be for everyone in ordinary circumstances, but it’s a better alternative to
baby wipes, and an absolute essential in preparing for uncertain times.
- Sun shower. A solar shower is another good way to keep clean without
running hot water.
- Sanitation Survival Item #12: Dish washing soap. Stock up on dish washing
soap whenever it goes on sale. Check the Dollar Stores too, but look carefully at
the description. You’ll want the Ultra Concentrated version, which also usually
has a tighter seal (and will help you dispense less of the liquid).
- Sanitation Survival Item #13: Paper Plates, plastic cup and utensils. Keeping
your utensils and cookware clean will take extra water. Doing dishes will be an
interesting problem best solved by not doing them at all. Stock up on disposable
paper plates, bowls and utensils to keep dish cleaning at a minimum.
- Sanitation Survival Item 14: Paper towels. You’ll be running out of towels and
paper towels can provide some relief from doing the laundry. Shop towels are a
more durable alternative.
- Shop Towels. To pack dish towels in a small space, consider Shop
Towels. Intended for automotive clean-up tasks, shop towels are a handy
addition to the Prepper house. The strong, absorbent towels, like the
Scott brand, pictured at the bottom of the page, are great for wiping
hands and cleaning up grease, oil, grime, and fluids. You’ll need fewer
than ordinary paper towels, so it will take up less space.
- Sanitation Survival item #15: Laundry Soap, clothes line and clothes pins.
It’s interesting to note that dirt compromises the integrity of clothes in terms of
warmth. Dirts and oils degrade clothing and can have a significant impact on
survival in select situations, so it’s important in uncertain times to remain as
clean as possible, particularly if bugging out. Woolite laundry soap, pictured
right, is a good bugout bag item to carry!
- Charlie’s Soap Bucket. Hypoallergenic and safe for those with sensitive
skin, Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder will help you “Live green and be
clean.” One bucket is good for 1250 standard wash loads. A clear, scent-
free laundry powder that cleans thoroughly, rinses completely, and leaves
no residue, you’ll need just one tablespoon per large load! Imagine the
space you’ll save! (Also, this bucket is formulated for high efficiency
washing machines. It’s well worth the initial investment.
Prepper’s Challenge – Off the Grid Laundry Day: Try doing laundry off the
grid! In the simplest form, doing laundry off the grid requires a water source,
plus, you’ll need a family size washboard, a galvanized bucket a wringer
washer, and of course a clothes line. Do a week’s worth of laundry without
using electricity. The exercise will enable you to understand your family’s needs
in the event the unthinkable happens and we’re all forced to live off the grid.
Families who live off the grid invest, as the Amish do, in the post-war era style
wringer washers generated by diesel. (Go figure that the Amish do not live with
electricity, but apparently have no problem with diesel and other gas.)
To wash clothes without electricity, you’ll need:
- Washboard, pictured left, to get out the main dirt.
- Galvanized metal bucket to soak clothes.
- Hand wringer for clothes, pictured left.
- Clothes line or a clothes rack.
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