November 13, 2019

Preparedness Challenge - November Week 2

Newly washed clothes are a blessing. My November Week 2 Preparedness Challenge is about gathering laundry supplies for hand washing after a disaster. I just visited Tangier, Morocco and saw the poor wash by hand and hang clothes on roof tops. After an extended power outage, you may have to wash clothes by hand too. You may face a fire, flood, tornado or pandemic. I think washing clothes and sheets during a pandemic would be the most difficult. This week see if you have handwashing laundry supplies on hand.



1. Gather Emergency Laundry Supplies
It's always a good idea to have a month's supply of laundry detergent and other laundry supplies on hand. Most likely your supplies could last longer than that. But if you had to use them in an emergency, it would be a blessing to have supplies.

During a disaster, you could wash clothing by hand in a sink or bathtub. But if you can't drain the sink or tub, a wide plastic tub and washboard could prove useful. Or you could scoop the dirty wash water out of the bathtub and dump it outside.

Rinse clothes in a bucket of water, squeeze out excess water and hang to dry on a clothesline with clothespins. Outside or inside will depend on the weather.

Do you have enough water stored to wash clothes? Most of us don't. You could use rain water or stream water. Imagine that. You may want to wait several days before washing clothes until some normalcy returns.

Shopping List:
• wash tub or bucket
• bucket (to rinse)
• washboard
• vinyl gloves (protect hands)
• laundry detergent
• bleach
• clothesline
• clothespins

Useful clothes washing links:
HANDWASHING CLOTHES:
www.wikihow.com/Wash-Clothes-without-a-Washing-Machine
AFTER A FIRE: www.accutechrestoration.com/7-tips-for-cleaning-clothes-after-a-fire/
AFTER A FLOOD
www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood/home/cleaning-and-disinfecting-textiles-after-the-flood

May you have a blessed week.

Valerie Albrechtsen
The Food Storage Organizer


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