Sanitizing hands without soap in the wild?

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  1. Bushman

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    So let's say you run out of soap or didn't carry soap to save weight. How do you disinfect your hands now?

    I ask because I was watching a channel the other day where the guy suggested using wash cloths to wipe your butt instead of toilet paper since they last longer. But one thing interesting to note is that he had no soap, and even if he did, it would not last as long as his wash rags. Nothing like eating some squirrel with your hands after rinsing the poop out of the wash rags with your bare hands.

    Apparently rinsing with just plain water will get rid of MOST bacteria, but not all. So what is the sage thing to do for improvised soap? Ash and fat? Does that disinfect though?
     
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  2. HB of CJ

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    They make and have at our local pharmacy little plastic or foil packs of liquid hand sanitizer. Slightly smaller and different from the also available tiny packaged moist soap less body wash and wipe towelettes.

    About the same size as the medical surgical lubricants used for whatever patient needs. Also they have the small packages of do-do paper. This is the stuff you would pack into your carry on or 3 day SHTF back pack.

    Takes up little room. Usually placed into a different zipper compartment from the power bars, MRE entries, and future lifeboat ration bars, snacks, yummies, candy, etc.. Also separate from the cheap paperbacks. :)
     
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  3. Certaindeaf

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    Back in the old days the Vikings would have a trained squirrel, see.. this is where the term "lickety split" comes from.
    true story
     
  4. Martini_Up

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    And here I thought it meant the lick of a whip on your azz (split) which made you run faster.
     
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    Vodka. Never go into the woods without it, Komrade.
     
  6. oknow

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    A little bit of germs and bacteria are good for you.:confused::confused::confused:
     
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  7. Sgt Nambu

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    I always have small bottles of antiseptic hand sanitizer near by! I can rationalize the weight because it is an excellent fire starting component.
    Or,
    Wilderness Antiseptics: Indispensable First Aid Knowledge

    As a last resort, since my poo don't stink, I could just ignore it and power on! :D
     
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  8. HB of CJ

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    Hot Blue Flame. WTF?? :)
     
  9. Camelfilter

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    91% Isopropyl alcohol in a spray. Can be cut a little bit with water to make it last longer, depending how long your out.

    Sans any type of disenfectant or soap? Sand and water I suppose.
     
  10. mjbskwim

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    Yeah,what's the big deal? I went 30 some years without washing my hands before lunch on job sites. Never get sick either
    You need germs to keep you immune system working,don't worry about them germs
     
  11. edslhead

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  12. SKrueger

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    Its easy! don't eat, don't poo which means you don't need to sanitize! :D
    Just saved you a lot of weight in your bug out bag!


    All kidding aside I try to always carry small bottles of hand sanitizer;)
     
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  13. oknow

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    Not to mention the food dropped that didn't go to waste. Wipe it off Good to go.

    I think the hand sanitizer is one reason so many people get sick now also there was no such thing when I was growing up, soap n water once every couple days.
     
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  14. Medic!

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    Have you tasted squirrel?

    It needs a little seasoning. :D





    Honestly.
    I have used sand along a creek or even gritty mud, followed with a rinse, to scrub the particles of whatever off my hands.
    I was taught this at age four.

    What do you think the native Americans did? ;)
     
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    Ahh roof rat some good stuff there.:s0155::s0155::s0155:
     
  16. johnny bob

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    In the late 40's or early 50's Johnson & Johnson developed a pill that when swallowed went through your system and remained in your bowels until you needed to evacuate. Your Poo would come out in a cellophane sack and no wiping was necessairy. I think it was Crown Zellerbach paper company that bought out the patent because it would have put their azzwipe division of their company out of business. :) Well it coulda happened.
     
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    Eagerly looking for ideas as I can assure folks to don't try the "just use a snowball" idea if you have hemorrhoids. Which is why I rarely am without a half of a sheet of paper towel. Moss and/or leaves have sufficed when I was not so thoughtful to have brought the paper towel.

    Hands just get rubbed into the dirt/ground.
     
  18. partsed

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    They sure didn't use John Wayne toilet paper!!! :D
     
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    Sounds like an "urban legend" kind of thing to me....
     
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  20. HB of CJ

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    SW Oregon USA Madrone leaves come to mind. Expedient Po Po Paper. Inexhaustible supply. But ... and this may be important ... do not confuse the large nice cool ever useful Madrone tree leaves for Poison Oak Leaves! Class ... this is important. You will see this material on the tests.

    Tree rats are good to eat. Also known as gray tree squirrels. Always shot dead in season with a license and tag. Always. Goldie the Yellow Lab would bark up the wrong tree. Significant. The tree rat jumped to the next tree trying to escape a horrible death. Futile. Goldie got one tree rat.

    I got two, (2). Both of us were hungry. So now you know more! Yikes! :)
     
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