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Originally posted by Naboo the Enigma
I agree that the devil is in the detail, but running out of shamppo, soap, toothpaste, deodorant or aspirin is not life threatening.
Bathing in fresh water once a week is good enough
it is possible to look after your teeth well without a toothbrush or toothpaste
and who cares if you smell?
Bug spray is a must, but there are natural alternatives:
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
If you can't use chemicals then use distractions, employ a good mosquito net and limit you active hours to avoid the times when biting insects are most active (usually evening and night time). Ultimately if you end up in the wilderness for a long time then you will have to make the break from man made products so prepare to be short of anything that you get from the supermarket!
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--> Begin external source content The first toothpaste on record was from Egypt, around 2000 B.C. It was made from ground pumice and wine vinegar and brushed on with a chew stick.
Roman toothpaste was made with human urine, and could be used as a mouthwash in its liquid form. The urine from the Portuguese was considered the strongest and therefore the most expensive. (Urine as an ingredient in toothpaste continued to be used through the 18th century. It pays to know these things before experimenting.)
Early wooden toothpicks were found objects, each fashioned ad hoc from a broken twig or stalk with a pointed end. Often, the other end of the twig was chewed until its fibers separated to form a primitive toothbrush called a chew-stick.
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--> Begin external source content Most people think that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing, but they aren't. Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with powerful astringents such as aluminum salts so that they can't release sweat. (Note that aluminum can accumulate in the brain.) Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria. Deodorants are preferable because they don't interfere with sweating, a natural cooling process.
Baking soda works wonders because it neutralizes the odor of sweat. Just sprinkle a light covering of baking soda onto a damp washcloth. Pat on. Don't rinse.
Basic Deodorant Powder
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
a few drops essential oils such as lavender or cinnamon (Optional)
Place the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Sprinkle a light covering of the powder on a damp washcloth. Pat on. Don't rinse.
Basic Liquid Deodorant
1/4 cup each witch hazel extract, aloe vera gel, and mineral water
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
a few drops antibacterial essential oils such as lavender (optional)
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake to blend.
Makes 3/4 cup
Shelf life: Indefinite
Water and friction can do a pretty good job of cleaning the body so I wouldn't go overboard and pack a whole medicine cabinet.