In an end of the world scenario, cleanliness is probably going to be one of the furthest things from your mind initially. Once the smoke clears and you begin to re-establish a foothold, however, it will be only a matter of time before you realize the importance of having soap. Although there are arguments aplenty that you do not \'need\' soap, it sure is nice to have, especially in the civilized society that will hopefully evolve again post-apocalypse or other such event.
Having and using soap makes our lives easier. Keep in mind that our skin sheds billions of cells every day and bacteria grows on our skin. We also sweat and get dirty. You can use a scrub brush and water to get clean, but if your water source is limited, there is only so much scrubbing you can do. Scrubbing can also be abrasive and cause damage to your skin. Water alone does not break up oil like soap does thanks to the dissolving abilities of soap. If you have and use soap, you will get the job done much more quickly and efficiently.
A multi-use soap is ideal for survival needs in that you can have one substance in one bar or bottle that gets all of your dirty jobs done. The soap for that is Dr. Bronner\'s Magic \"All in One\" Soap. It comes in many different fragrances, all of which smell and work great. Plus one soap can serve 18 different purposes!
Per Dr. Bronner\'s website:
\"Dr. Bronner recorded the \"18 in 1 uses\" on his label, which we have left mostly intact since his passing in 1997; however, people have told us many, many more uses for it than that. Here is his version. A more paraphrased one follows.
Dr. Bronner\'s version:
Always dilute for Shave-Shampoo-Massage-Dental Soap-Bath!
Peppermint is nature\'s own unsurpassed fragrant Deodorant!
A drop is best Mint Toothpaste; brushes Dentures Clean!
A dash in water is the ideal Breath Freshener & Mouth Wash!
Peppermint Oil Soap for Dispensers, Uniforms, Baby, Beach!
Dilute for ideal After Shave, Body Rub, Foot Bath, Douche.
Hot Towel-Massage the entire body, always towards your heart.
Pets, silk, wool & body tingles head to toe - keeps cool!
3 dashes in water rinse most Sprays Off fruit & vegetables!
1/4 oz in qt H2O is Pest Spray! Dash, no rash Diaper-Soap!
For everyday body-washing: Get wet and pour soap full-strength onto hands-washcloth-loofah. Lather up, scrub down, rinse off, and tingle fresh & clean.
For other uses, dilute from one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning, to cutting it in half or using it full strength for heavy-duty grease-cutting jobs.
For shampoo, though we now recommend our new Shikakai soaps for this, many people are fond of using it as such. The method of application is to wet hair and scalp very thoroughly, squirt some soap into hands and work into a lather. Wash hair, then rinse well. Afterwards use our new citrus hair rinse and leave-in conditioners as directed.
For the laundry, use 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup for one regular load; adjust as needed depending on hardness of water. I\'ve been told that adding a dash of baking soda makes it even better.
For toothbrushing, apply a drop or two of Dr. Bronner\'s Magic Soap to a wet toothbrush. Brush as you normally would, rinsing accordingly. Be careful about using more than a couple drops of soap, as you might start foaming at the mouth. Many people with sensitive or softer teeth like to use our soap as atoothpaste because it lacks abrasives.\"
Dr. Bronner\'s Soap truly is the solution to all your needs, both before and after the world as we know it gets turned upside down. It is growing in popularity and can now be found in most grocery or big box stores in addition to being ordered from many online retailers in both bar and liquid form. Get yours now and get busy feeling the tingle of a Dr. Bronner\'s clean!