We knew that living the rural life had many benefits, but never expected things like this to happen:
- No coffee filters.
- No toilet papers.
- No dish or laundry soaps.
We have found that rural is better for pandemic problems too. The only time I saw a shortage of any of the above items was during the initial hoarding. Since that first time, I have had no problems obtaining any of those items whenever we need them.
We also are major R.R.R. people. Those of you that do not know it stands for Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. This is the one individual habit we put in place decades ago and are very proud to have it.
My email inbox had another wonderful message from my buds at familyhandyman.com:
It’s a great read, but I do have a few adjustments to contribute:
- Borax: If you don’t know what it is, it is one of the original dry soaps. We always have a couple of boxes on hand for dozens of different reasons (including pest control in the gardens). The contribution here is, “get it online!” It is not carried in stock in many places. Your best bet at the best price is to get it online. We get ours from Amazon (not affiliated), but I am always on the hunt for better deals.
(This is the big one we get every couple of years.)
- Baking Soda: We use that and cider vinegar to clean most everything (another goodie for pest control in the gardens). Make sure you read the whole story, INCLUDING the things you DON’T want to use with baking soda.
- Coffee Filters: Not sure why those are running short in areas, but we also invested in a permanent coffee filter. It is a fine-screened, plastic-framed cup that fits in most coffee makers. If you can’t find one, or one that fits appropriately (like our larger, commercial, coffee pot), I simply took some fine-screen material and cut it to fit the inside of the filter cup. It does the job very well. You simply lift out the wire lining and shake it in the trash. We shake ours over the garden plots in our front and back yards as the grounds are great for the soil and plants. If you are in an apartment, you could shake them off into a bucket (old coffee cans work great too), then spread some on your house plant soil.
- Toilet Paper: This one is great, and I have heard/read this idea before. The only thing none of the articles I read, explained is how to deal with the smell. They all talk about simply throwing the used material or cloth into the trash – NO – YUCKY – SMELLY! You must have, or get, a bucket or garbage with a lid!!!
I cannot stress this enough. Tons of places online had great little trash cans with step openers and lids – PERFECT! You get done on the potty, step on the foot lever to open the lid, and put in your leftovers. No muss, no fuss, and the only smells are the initial opening nasty. Two other hints for the smell:
- Sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the trash can BEFORE you add the liner bag. Then once you have your bag in, sprinkle some more in the bottom of the line. This helps keep down the smell a lot.
- If you have the funds splurge on some stick-up air fresheners. They are perfect as they can be stuck to the inside lid of the can and help the baking soda to keep those icky smells under control.
- CHANGE OUT YOUR LINER BAG ON REGULAR INTERVALS. The intervals depend on the number of people in your household.
- My last helper hint is if you choose to use cloth for toilet paper – DON’T CRINGE (you can giggle). Cloth diapers were around for centuries. All you need to do is have a bucket of soapy water and a bucket of clean water near the toilet. Make sure EVERYONE in the household understands how to use it! The soapy bucket is to rinse off the cloth after usage. Then place the cloth in the cleaner water bucket to be put in the clothes washer and washed up for another useable day.
- Make sure to only fill the buckets about half full of water to have ample washing ability.
- Make sure to change out the waters often (but don’t go nuts and change them every time someone uses the toilet) on the soapy bucket, not as much needed on the pre-soak 2nd bucket. The cloth in the 2nd bucket should be semi-clean enough to go straight to the washing machine—no need to try to wring anything out (week).
(2 Buckets – no waiting.) (Good old-fashioned washing machine-LOL)
Stay safe. Stay well. Stay smart.
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