Sunday, May 22, 2011

Living Without Water!


My family and I have run into some bad luck lately.  But it's ok, I'm going to stay strong and positive, because I know things will be getting better soon.   I mean really, good luck is sure to shine through soon!  Anyway, last night the family was sitting down for dinner and all of a sudden we heard a loud noise in Jayden's room.  Hubby looked at me and said, "What was that!"...I said I don't know, and he jumped and and ran into Jayden's room.  Then he ran outside, went under the trailer and shut off the main water line.  Yup, a pipe had burst.  See our hot water heater is behind a wall in Jayden's room (yeah, I know,  kind of dumb), and when Hubby ran into Jayden's room he heard the water running.

So now we have no water.  Money has been tight lately with a $1400 car fixing $340 fuel bill due and of course all the little mickey mouse bills within the past week, we know we are not going to have running water for a few days (or more).  So last night at 8pm, the whole family went up to my parents house and got about 15 gallons of water for drinking, washing and toilet flushing.  Of course bathing, no big deal we'll go to may parents house to do that.

This kind of thing can happen to anyone, whether it's a pipe bursting or just no running water for some reason.   So what do you do?  Here are some ideas that could be useful when this time does happen...

Bathing without water or very minim can be done!  How, well to start, washing your hair.  With very little water, it can be very difficult to wash your hair with all the suds from the shampoo, instead use baking soda.  Warm about 2-3 cups of water then add 2-3 tablespoons of BAKING SODA in a large bowl.  Bend over the bowl and soak your scalp.  Comb the solution through your hair.  Repeat if desired than rinse with clean water.

To clean your body, purchase some baby wipes.  Not exactly a shower but it they will clean you in every place you want clean.

But probably the best thing, and would recommend to keep on hand just in case you have no running water due to a pipe burst, droughts or natural disaster would be any No Rinse Products.  You can stay clean without much water!

For drinking water either go to a friend or family members house and get a couple gallons of water for drinking or buy water water from a store.

Need to wash dishes, well to avoid to much dirty dishes use disposable plates, silverware when needed or you can wash them with very little water.  In your sink place  some baking soda on to the dishes you need clean.  Add some liquid such as peroxide, vinegar or alcohol.  Rub the bowl until it's thoroughly scrubbed, then rinse with little water.

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Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews said...

Our water always goes out too.

I just found your blog through one of the Sunday blog hops! Can't wait to read more. Hope you have a good week.

Amanda @

Julie said...

I'm sorry Angie about the no water and mostly the no money. I know, we're there. You ideas are good. I do have another idea for you. Save the hair washing water, the dish water and any water for toilet flushing, twice used works just fine and saves hauling a littie bit more. Put out the buckets to catch the rain water too. That is cheap, easy and available. Baby powder works for a quick hair washing too, it's a bit messy but it works and smells good. Instead of baby whipes, if you don't have any, just put a wash cloth in a baggie with just a tiny bit of water and a dab of soap, if each person has one for the quick wash ups they last just a bit lonter (of coures not the personal part washing).
Good luck with this challenge. Just look at it as a challenge, not an inconvienece, it helps a little.
Take care and God Bless!!!

Angie said...

Thank you Julie for those ideas...great ideas! I also like the idea looking at it as a challenge instead of an inconvenience!



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