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How To Clean When Chemical Cleaners Aren’t Available

How To Clean When Chemical Cleaners Aren’t Available

In a survival situation, cleaning could potentially be a challenge. For example, if you no longer have access to a grocery story or hardware store because of transportation issues or because the societal collapse prevents them from opening for business, then you have to look for other ways to keep your living area clean and sanitized.

Fortunately, there are some practical real-world ways to do this if you’re willing to take a little forethought to do it. As notes,

“Cleanliness is a valid concern in the home, and in food prep areas in particular. Many people fail to realize, however, that some natural methods are just as effective as those harsh chemicals – without any of the dangers. Here is a look at some top choices for natural cleaning.”

A great example is how to keep your food preparation area clean and sanitized. We all know that proper sanitation is vital if we want to keep healthy and keep from investing germs and harmful microbes into our bodies. This is especially true for those of us who are not vegan dieters. So how to do something as vital as cleaning a cutting board? How about this?

“Thankfully, a lemon and some salt can get the job done quite nicely.

“First, sprinkle the cutting board with some coarse salt. Then take a lemon with the cut side down – one that has already been squeezed will work fine – and scour the surface while squeezing a little to release some lemon juice. After letting it sit for a few minutes, simply scrape the dirty liquid away. Use a clean cloth to give the surface another rinse, and you’re good to go!”

What about an all-purpose cleaner to just keep dirt and grime from building up and to keep your living quarters from not smelling like an old locker room? Here is an option:

“All you have to do is place some citrus peels in a glass jar. Cover them with white vinegar and let the jar sit for two weeks. After that time has passed, remove the peels from the jar and dilute the vinegar with water in a ratio of 1:1. Pour it into a spray bottle, and use it to clean glass, windows, bathrooms and certain countertops. You can even mop floors with it!”

There are doubtless a variety of other ways to keep your living space clean when chemical cleaners are unavailable (or not preferred). What do you plan on using in a disaster situation? Tell us below.

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