Personal hygiene is incredibly important for your overall well-being inside and out, but what if there are no traditional means of sanitation? In this article, we will address this question and provide you with some tips on how to go about keeping yourself clean while you are out adventuring or if more dire circumstances arise. Such as an emergency when you have no access to any sanitational products and so on.
If you do not keep up proper hygiene, it can mean getting sick more. When we do not keep clean, it automatically weakens our immune system a little, and just a small amount of immune system compromisation can cause you to get sick. On the other hand, cleaning yourself too often can weaken your immune system, and this can be confusing to some.
Showering once or twice a day is not going overboard, we are talking about obsessive hygiene, because there is such a thing as being too clean, and that can be bad for your health. We are not judging anyone, we like being cleanly just as much as anyone else, and nobody likes to be dirty, we are just stating factual information for your benefit.
Brushing your teeth is important as well, and if you do not take care of your teeth, you are asking bad bacteria to tear up your mouth. Not keeping up proper mouth hygiene can cause all kinds of issues down the road, such as gum disease and cavities. So we have also included a section about toothpaste alternatives.
The ability to take a shower whenever we want is a luxury of life that most of us do not count as a luxury because it is such a normality in today’s world. However, when the convenience of being able to take a shower whenever we want disappears and soap is no longer in abundance, we will need to find other means of sanitation. For that very reason, we created this article to give you some ideas on how to go about self-cleansing when there are no traditional means to do so.
Taking care of your hair:
Taking care of your hair is important, and there are many different ways to keep your hair clean, even while enjoying the outdoors for long periods. Listed below are two great alternatives to shampoo. Both of these alternatives are natural remedies and can be much healthier for your hair. Even better, you can make all of these at home or on the go! All you need are the ingredients.
1). Baking Soda Shampoo
Baking soda shampoo is one of the best and more natural shampoo alternatives. In fact, using baking soda as a shampoo can reverse some of the damage to your hair that manufactured shampoos can cause. Just sprinkle some onto your scalp when your hair is wet and massage into your roots, then wash it out like you would wash out your regular store-bought shampoo.
Baking Soda Shampoo Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 3/4 cup of water
- An empty shampoo bottle or container of your choice
- Essential oil(s) of your choice (essential oils are not needed to create baking soda shampoo, they are simply for fragrance)
2). Egg Yolk Shampoo
Egg yolk shampoo is as simple as it sounds. You will be using egg yolks to clean your hair. Egg yolks are rich in lecithin (lecithin are emulsifiers that fight against grease and dirt), and protein. You do not have to let the mix sit in your hair, but some say that it is better to let the mix set in your hair for 5-15 minutes before washing it out.
Egg Yolk Shampoo Ingredients:
- 1-3 Egg Yolk(s) (depending on hair length)
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Taking Care Of Your Skin:
Taking proper care of your skin is just as important as taking care of your hair. When your skin is very dirty, it can allow all kinds of microscopic organisms to enter your body through your pores. These microscopic organisms can hurt your immune system, potentially making you sick or much more susceptible to sickness. Below you will find three great natural alternatives to body soap.
1). Olive Oil
Olive oil is one of the main ingredients of many soaps, so it is an obvious go-to when there is no soap. When combined with water, olive oil can prove to be very good for cleanliness.
Oatmeal has always been, and always will be a great natural body cleanser. Just mix with warm water as you would do when planning to eat it, then mix the oatmeal into a paste. Rub the oatmeal paste onto your skin and let sit for 5-15 minutes or until dry and then wash it off.
Milk has been used to self-cleanse for centuries. Even the very beautiful Cleopatra used milk to keep her skin looking as good as it did in those days. Milk has been being used as a way of self-cleansing way before all of these different companies started coming out with unnatural, manufactured soap products.
Taking Care Of Your Teeth:
Mouth hygiene is important too, and you can end up with all kinds of issues down the road if you do not take care of your teeth. Even when there is no toothpaste, there are still ways to keep your teeth happy. Below you will find two great toothpaste alternatives.
1). Baking soda
Along with being able to create a shampoo and a deodorizer out of baking soda, you can use it to brush your teeth. Believe it or not, baking soda is probably already in the toothpaste you use every day! crazy right? Just mix baking soda with water, and you will have yourself a toothpaste. Baking soda is a very useful commodity, so keep some around the house just in case.
2). Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix some hydrogen peroxide with water, and you will have yourself a toothpaste and a mouthwash! Hydrogen peroxide, like baking soda, is much more useful than you might think! Just do not swallow the hydrogen peroxide because that is very dangerous. If you do happen to swallow any hydrogen peroxide, please get help immediately.
(Bonus) – Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) Hand Sanitizer:
Hand washing is extremely important for your overall hygiene as well, and even more so if you have a weakened immune system. Your hands are a breeding ground for all kinds of bad bacteria, and the longer you go without washing your hands, the more bacteria you can pick up. The more bacteria you have on your hands, the more bacteria you will get on your face and body. So here is a great and easy recipe for hand sanitizer in case you run into a situation when there is nothing to clean your hands with.
Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) Ingredients:
- 2/3 cup isopropyl Or rubbing alcohol that has an alcohol content of 60% or higher
- 1/3 cup Aloe Vera Gel
- You can also add essential oils such as lavender for fragrance
Also, according to the C.D.C, this is the best way to make hand sanitizer. You do not just have to take our word for it on this one, and if you want to be positive about this hand sanitizer recipe and on the safe side, you can fact check us here if you would like to, we understand. 🙂 –> https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/infection-control/hcp-hand-sanitizer.html <– and here –> https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html
Now you have some ideas of how to self-cleanse and keep up on your hygiene when there are no traditional soaps and shampoos available. We hope this article has been of help to you! As a reminder, this article is for informational purposes, and we do not know your allergies. Do your due diligence on what you can and can not use and do not use anything that you are allergic to. For more of our outdoor tips go here.