Off-The-Grid Germ Control

Germ theory is one of the fundamental basics of modern medicine. With that in mind, how are you going to deal with germs in your household when the SHTF? It’s not like you will have access to disinfectant wipes or sprays (at least, not for very long), so what will you do to kill germs in your kitchen and bathrooms and around your home?

Well, the first thing to do is to practice basic sanitation. Here in the West, we are very often simply ignorant about what our ancestors had to go through to keep germs from killing them (once someone figured out what worked). So, a quick reminder is, unfortunately, necessary. That reminder is to always clean your skin with some kind of disinfectant method after defecating and to do that same cleansing before handling food no matter what you were just doing. This simple method will help to deal with a huge amount of the sanitation issue that killed so many of our forefathers.

But, you may ask, how can you create a disinfectant cleaner to use off the grid or in other situations when commercial cleaners aren’t available? Fortunately, our ancestors had a solution for this issue, too. Or solutions, I should say. The solution is to make solutions from essential oils with disinfectant properties. Robin Marri Miller recommends eight different oils to use, all of which have disinfectant properties. These eight oils are:

  1. Tea Tree
  2. Peppermint
  3. Lemon
  4. Eucalyptus
  5. Lemongrass
  6. Lavender
  7. Cinnamon
  8. Oregano

Now, with each of these oils, you will likely want to dilute the essential oils with carrier oils (Carrier oils are oils, such as fractionated coconut oil, used specifically for diluting concentrated essential oils.).

One reason that you will want to dilute essential oils is to make the oils last longer. You won’t want to burn through the oils that you have by using more than is needed at that time.

Another reason that you’ll want to dilute essential oils, though, is that some essential oils, such as cinnamon and peppermint, are “hot” oils. This means that these oils can cause a burning sensation when your skin comes into contact with them. Now, if you are looking for a muscle rub to deal with sore muscles, you may want a little more “heat” in what you are using, but for our disinfectant purposes, you don’t want to be uncomfortable during or after cleaning.

So, there you have it, simple solutions to managing germ issues when off the grid. Do you have more suggestions on how to kill germs while off grid? Tell us in the comments below.