Toilet paper will be one of the first things to disappear from the shelves should a SHTF event occur. You can’t really have too much of it, but considering mice love this stuff and it can be easily damaged by water, it needs to be stored properly.
Obviously, there are solutions to using toilet paper and some more sustainable options out there, however, it won’t be fun to try to use those during a real survival situation. Imagine having washable and reuseable toilet paper when you don’t have running water…no thanks!
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Consider storing at least one year’s worth of toilet paper. To figure out how much this is, save your used rolls for the whole family for one week and count them. Then multiply that by 52 because that’s how many weeks there are in a year. Anticipate and extra ten rolls for illnesses or digestive issues that could pop up during the year too. This should give you a fairly accurate number. Once you know how many rolls to store, start buying!
A quick tip (that most of you probably already know) is to buy your toilet paper in bulk. It’s cheaper and you won’t be needing it right away. Much like certain food items, it’s better to just grab some and store and forget about it for your daily life unless it is warranted. There are a lot of options for toilet paper too, so make sure you are grabbing what you need. If you prefer 2-ply, now is the time to buy it.
The best option is to keep it in the plastic or wrapping, just to give it one more layer of protection. Then put it in a large plastic tub with a lid that snaps on. You will want a watertight option to prevent any moisture from getting to the toilet paper.
If your stash of toilet paper does happen to get ruined, you will need to improvise. This is where it can come in handy to save old t-shirts or linens and cut them down. Sure, this won’t be fun to wash these after use, but it’ll beat other things.
You will also need to dispose of the excrement/used toilet paper properly. In third world countries, one of the leading causes of illness and death is not
properly discarding human fecal matter. In a survival situation where the “S” hits the fan, and toilets won’t flush because there is no water to make them work, then we’ll find ourselves in a third world situation. There will be people who improperly bury excrement, which will lead to disease. Bury human excrement and your used toilet paper 6-8 inches deep in the ground and 200 feet or more away from your water supply! Proper disposal of trash is an issue that can bring hungry dangerous animals around drawn to the stench. Burning trash can be the choice of some, while plastic trash bags and the means to find someplace safe and sanitary to dump them is another alternative.
Figure out your toilet paper situation before the SHTF. You won’t realize just how much you miss it until it is gone.
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Toilet tissue is continually being downsized with an increasing price. They are hoping the consumer won’t notice.
You can buy a small plastic jar of compressed TP. Often called Magic Towels. The 24×22″ tisue is compressed into a life saver sized tablet. It unrolls easily. Great for just having in the car for those Rest Area stops without TP.
wet wipes are a good, although more expensive, alternative to TP, take up less space, and can also be used to do a body wipe down when water is scarce.
I always carry a roll in my vehicle.Saved my a$$ more than once.
I wonder if you could use those storage bags made for sweaters – the ones where you use a vacuum cleaner to suck out the air.
“Then put it in a large plastic tub with a lid that snaps on.”
They’re not rodent proof.
“save old t-shirts or linens and cut them down. Sure, this won’t be fun to wash these after use”
Not feasible during a water / sanitation shortage.
After ammo toilet is the best item to bulk up on.
Neither ammo or toilet paper will go bad
Ammo will protect your life, Toilet paper will clean up the mess.
I buy my toilet paper in bulk (big rolls) at a janitor supply store and it can range from $26 to $36 a box and you get 12 BIG rolls, 2 ply tissue paper and it helps to buy the big roll dispenser as well. You will save on the price of the TP and the box it comes in can be wrapped in plastic or even mylar and sealed. Then you can store it in rafters or high shelves to keep mice out of it.
It might be a good time to build an outhouse even in the city use it for storage for now. For that day.
The Yellow Pages works too if you don’t mind the ink.
One of the problems that is getting worse is the growth of people from very ignorant cultures who do not practice proper hygiene and do not budget for it.
As an example, young women from these cultures do not budget for sanitary products and use that as an excuse not to go to school etc. They expect the government to pay for these things!!
Do they want the government to wipe their butt too!!
One of the most basic adult skills that any human being must take on is to be toilet trained and for young women to take responsibility for their vaginal health and well being. That is not the job of government. Learn how to save money and practice hygiene and not live like a dirty ape.
The Washington post works good.
But just do what the Arabes do get a bottle of water poke some holes in it and squeeze it up between your cheeks.
Check out coin tissues