Disinfectant Wipes, Toilet Paper and Bottle Water

by FF Scruggs

These are the big three that hoarders are going bananas over and this past week things have escalated to the next level of infectious control. Empty shelves at Grocery stores, friends and family reaching out to one another offering there support in supplies.

So what can we do when we’re the ones out of Toilet Paper, can’t buy Disinfectant Wipes, or only allowed one case of water at the Club stores.

I’ve searched the all knowing all wise Google and this is what I got for you.

Disinfectant Wipes!!

The recipe was pulled from the Internet but it reminds me a lot of our disinfectant we use on the Rescues.

How do you make Bleach Disinfectant Wipes?

You will need 1 bottle of Bleach, min 1 gallon of Distilled water, large Measuring cup, Paper towels, and a Airtight- glass or plastic container (Save your wipe containers, large coffee cans and anything that can be sealed air tight).

Add 1/4-cup bleach to 1-gallon water.
Pour half of the liquid in the container, then add your towels.
Pour the remaining liquid over the towels.
Let this sit overnight and you’re ready to go!

Homemade Disinfectant Wipes – The Dollar Stretcherwww.stretcher.com › stories

Remember your using bleach so the smell is very strong and well punch your clock as soon as you do it. You could also add to the a detergent that you find appling and added it to the mix.

Toilet Paper

I searched Far and wide and found this on the internet that may be useful when it comes to Toilet Paper.

Substitutes for Toilet Paper

  • Wet wipes or baby wipes. These would work just like toilet paper, but again, a large stockpile would have to be accumulated.
  • Paper Substitutes. Newspaper may work, but the ink would turn everything black. …
  • Cloth. …
  • Plant material. …
  • Water

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

I recently posted about being off-grid for 48 hours, and using a lot of baby wipes due to the lack of water during our adventure. One thing that would run out quickly in a survival situation if you did not have a huge stockpile would be toilet paper. Not having a lot of space we have about three months worth on hand right now, but that can run out quickly. Also, a large stockpile of toilet paper is not portable in a bug-out situation, and in a shelter in place scenario, the TP supply is bound to run out.
Space saving tip: Remove the cardboard insert and flatten the roll and you can fit more rolls in a small space.
What are some substitutes for toilet paper?
Back in ancient times, the Romans used a sea sponge on a stick. They would clean themselves with it, rinse it in the running water (public bathrooms had them on the floor) and leave it soaking in salt water in between uses.
In colonial times, people used corncobs, and later, old newspapers and catalogs were used in outhouses.
Here are a few ideas:

  • Wet wipes or baby wipes – These would work just like toilet paper, but again, a large stockpile would have to be accumulated.
  • Paper Substitutes – Newspaper may work, but the ink would turn everything black. I read other people prefer The Yellow Pages but these days, a lot of people don’t keep phone books around. Store catalogs may be more common, and flimsy pages instead of high end glossy paper would work best. Just crumple up the sheet until it softens up, then wipe.
  • Cloth – Cloth, such as wash cloths, terry cloth or cloth diapers can be used as toilet paper substitutes. You can even cut up old, soft t-shirts into squares. If you want to make reusable cloth wipes, this article from Food Storage Moms has good instructions. The method would be to wet the cloth, wipe, then launder the cloth. Supporters of this idea feel that most people would have nothing against rewashing cloth diapers, therefore personal washcloths should be okay. I would think it would be a good idea to throw the soiled wash clothes into a bucket of water with some bleach before washing.
  • Plant material – Sage leaves are said to be soft and fragrant enough to use, some say banana leaves would work too.. You must have some knowledge about which plants are safe; you would not want to use something like poison ivy, poison oak or sumac by mistake! Remember: Leaves of three – let it be!
  • Water – Many countries already use a spray water fountain called a “bidet” as part of their bathroom facilities. Since this is being considered in an emergency scenario, we would need an alternative to that too. In many countries, use of the left hand in combination with pouring water in a pan or small bucket with the right hand is the way to clean up.

Possible water carriers:
Small can, like an empty coffee can.
Spray bottle
Perineal irrigation bottle – This is usually given to women for use after childbirth, but it can actually be used as a spritzer to clean up as well.


Survival bidet, designed by Survivor Jane
Fill any of these containers with plain water, add a drop of essential oil for fragrance and wash up. (Don’t use mint or and don’t overdo the quantity of drops, or you may irritate those sensitive areas.) After washing, dry the area with a clean towel that can also be reused.
To avoid disease, one would have to wash the hands well with water or antibacterial gel right after.


I’m not ready to give up toilet paper but you gotta do what you gotta do to stay clean. In an emergency, the water route seems like the most likely one to try. I may try making those clothes one of these days. We will keep stockpiling toilet paper for now, and store them efficiently by flattening them for maximum use of space. Another idea would be to decrease the use of toilet paper by combining with the methods above, thereby extending the life of the stockpile.
Toilet paper shortages sounds unlikely, but it has happened: a year or so ago, Venezuela faced a toilet paper shortage and the government had to take over a toilet paper factory. Before I got interested in preparedness, I can recall snagging the last package of toilet paper and waiting in a long line right before a hurricane. Toilet paper is one of the first items to disappear if a disaster disrupts supply deliveries. It’s good to know some alternatives just in case.
© Apartment Prepper 2014

WATER

Article Water/Ready.gov

Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised through contamination. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs during an emergency. View the recommended emergency supplies list (PDF).

Determining Water Needs

Store at least one gallon of water per person per day for three days, for drinking and sanitation. A normally active person needs about three quarters of a gallon of fluid daily, from water and other beverages. However, individual needs vary, depending on age, health, physical condition, activity, diet and climate.

Take the following into account:

  • Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more water.
  • A medical emergency might require additional water.
  • If you live in a warm weather climate more water may be necessary. In very hot temperatures, water needs can double.

Water Tips

  • Never ration drinking water unless ordered to do so by authorities. Drink the amount you need today and try to find more for tomorrow. Minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing activity and staying cool.
  • Drink water that you know is not contaminated first. If necessary, suspicious water, such as cloudy water from regular faucets or water from streams or ponds, can be used after it has been treated. If water treatment is not possible, put off drinking suspicious water as long as possible, but do not become dehydrated.
  • Do not drink carbonated or caffeinated beverages instead of drinking water. Caffeinated drinks and alcohol dehydrate the body, which increases the need for drinking water.

Water Storage

Buy commercially bottled water and store it in the sealed original container in cool, dark place.

If you must prepare your own containers of water, purchase food grade water storage containers. Before filling with chlorinated water, thoroughly clean the containers with dishwashing soap and sanitize the bottles by cleaning with a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to a quart of water. Water that has not been commercially bottled should be replaced every six months.

Water Treatment

If you have used all of your stored water and there are no other reliable clean water sources, it may become necessary to treat suspicious water. Treat all water of uncertain quality before using it for drinking, food washing or preparation, washing dishes, brushing teeth or making ice. In addition to having a bad odor and taste, contaminated water can contain microorganisms (germs) that cause diseases such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid and hepatitis.

There are many ways to treat water. Often the best solution is a combination of methods. Before treating, let any suspended particles settle to the bottom or strain them through coffee filters or layers of clean cloth.

Boiling

Boiling is the safest method of treating water. In a large pot or kettle, bring water to a rolling boil for one full minute, keeping in mind that some water will evaporate. Let the water cool before drinking.

Boiled water will taste better if you put oxygen back into it by pouring the water back and forth between two clean containers. This also will improve the taste of stored water.

Chlorination

You can use household liquid bleach to kill microorganisms. Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25 to 6.0 percent sodium hypochlorite. Do not use scented bleaches, color safe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners.

Add 16 drops (1/8 teaspoon) of bleach per gallon of water, stir and let stand for 30 minutes. The water should have a slight bleach odor. If it doesn’t, then repeat the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes. If it still does not smell of chlorine, discard it and find another source of water.

Other chemicals, such as iodine or water treatment products sold in camping or surplus stores that do not contain 5.25 or 6.0 percent sodium hypochlorite as the only active ingredient, are not recommended and should not be used.

Distillation

While boiling and chlorination will kill most microbes in water, distillation will remove microbes (germs) that resist these methods, as well as heavy metals, salts and most other chemicals. Distillation involves boiling water and then collection of only the vapor that condenses. The condensed vapor will not include salt or most other impurities.

To distill, fill a pot halfway with water. Tie a cup to the handle on the pot’s lid so that the cup will hang right-side-up when the lid is upside-down (make sure the cup is not dangling into the water) and boil the water for 20 minutes. The water that drips from the lid into the cup is distilled.

MethodsKills
Microbes
Removes other contaminants (heavy metals, salts, and most other chemicals)
BoilingYesNo
ChlorinationYesNo
DistillationYesYes

Last Updated: 09/11/2019

Remember these are just suggestions and article found on the Internet.

Disinfectant Wipes!!

Toilet Paper!!

Water !!