Our November Week 4 preparedness challenge is about gathering laundry supplies for everyday use and emergency hand washing. When I visited Tangier, Morocco last year I saw the poor wash their clothes by hand and hang them to dry on roof tops. A washer and dry is a luxury. After an extended power outage, you may have to wash clothes by hand and hang them to dry too. Are you prepared for it?
1. Gather Emergency Laundry Supplies
During a power outage, you could wash clothes in a sink and drain in the bathtub. Or use a wide plastic tub or bucket if your drain isn’t working.
Do you have enough water stored to wash clothes? You could use rain, stream water or melted snow. Here is an article on how to wash clothes without a washing machine. This one teaches you how to clean clothes after a fire. And this article is about how to clean clothing after a flood.
Here are some useful items:
- wash tub or bucket
- another bucket to rinse
- vinyl gloves (protect hands)
- laundry detergent
2. Buy Home Laundry Supplies
It’s a good idea to have a month’s supply if not more of laundry detergent, bleach and other laundry supplies on hand. You never know if this will disappear from store shelves.
May you have a blessed week and a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Valerie Albrechtsen, The Food Storage Organizer