23 Oct '16, 11am

How to live comfortably without power if an emergency forces you off grid

Now we’re into the icky stuff. How do you go to the bathroom? Well, in a short power outage, you can follow the old adage, “if it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down.” But if you have a longer time to wait, then you will need to consider a couple of alternatives. If you have your own septic system, you can simply use extra water and flush that way. If you don’t, consider investing in a camping toilet or bucket system. Yes. I know. But really, sometimes you have to do what you have to do. In the bucket system, you simply put a garbage bag in a bucket that’s outfitted with a toilet lid. Keep a bale of peat moss or a few bags of kitty litter with your emergency supplies. Put a handful of either at the bottom of the garbage bag, and after anyone goes, put a handful of peat or kitty litter in after. Don’t let it get too full before disposing in a sealed garbag...

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