Cleaning Without Running Water

We hear and see it on the news all the time. When a town’s water supply is compromised by some kind of contaminant, area residents are told to boil their water before drinking it.

But what if water becomes so contaminated that even boiling it doesn’t take care of the situation? Or what if a water supply is compromised so badly that city officials choose to shut it off completely until they can solve the problem? What will you do if nothing is coming out of your faucets for a day, several days, a week or longer?

This is why your emergency water supply is so important. This qualifies as an emergency, so dip into that supply for your drinking needs, then build your supply back up when the crisis is over.

Now, assuming you have stockpiled drinking water, you’ll find it’s a lot easier to drink without running water than it is to clean without it. We’re so used to using running water to clean dishes, glasses, silverware, pots and pans, etc., that we may find it challenging to clean with only standing water.

Here are a few tips that will help you until water is flowing freely and cleanly out of your faucets again:

• Wipe first. Use a cleaning wipe or paper towel to wipe as much stuff off your dishes, glasses and silverware as possible before using water on them.

• Fill a dishpan. Don’t pour water from a bottle over an item while washing it, which will waste water, but rather fill a basin first and use that water to clean.

• Fill a basin. Again, don’t pour water from a bottle over an item to rinse it, but rather rinse it in a separate basin that will be less soapy than your dishpan.

• Use disposable wipes. Don’t waste water pouring it on small hand towels to clean counters. Instead, use disposable wipes containing cleaning agents.

• Clean what you’ve cleaned. To avoid leaving cleaning-agent residue on items you’ve cleaned, wipe them off with a water-logged towel before drying.

Cleaning without running water is a challenge, but there may come a time when you have to do it, so be prepared.


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