Hygiene Supplies – How Much Do You Really Need?

Hygiene isn’t just about looking good! Hygiene is important for optimal health. And in an emergency situation, you want to make sure you are healthy; able to clean yourself off of dirt and grime, brush your teeth and have the ability to wipe your behind! Hygiene supplies are something that every self-reliant minded person should stockpile.

Many people stockpile food, water, medical supplies, and ammo. Many articles have been written detailing the importance of stockpiling these supplies. There are even calculators, like the food calculator that can be found here, that will help you figure out how much food you would need for your family.

Hygiene Supplies Calculation

But, to my recollection, I have never run upon a calculator that will tell you how much toothpaste or toilet paper to stock. As a result, most preparedness-minded people just keeping adding those items to their stockpile. But don’t worry, with very little effort, you can figure out exactly how much of each hygiene item you need!

In order to calculate your hygiene supplies, you will need a pen and paper. That’s it!

Hygiene Supplies Calculation Example

Let’s use a tube of toothpaste as an example. Start with a new tube of toothpaste. Write the date down, in a journal or index card, and then use it like you normally would use it. So for example, if you and your spouse use the toothpaste, use it normally until it is gone. When you finish, write down the end date. Note how many days it took you to use up the toothpaste. If it was 20 days and you want a 6 months supply of toothpaste on hand, this means that you would have to buy 9 tubes of toothpaste.

  • 6 months = 180 days
  • 180 divided by 20 = 9

As you can see, this is fairly elementary. The most difficult part is staying up with all of the dates and then knowing how much you want to stockpile.

What kind of hygiene supplies would you want to stockpile?

We’ve already covered why you want to stockpile hygiene supplies, lets look at what hygiene supplies you should stockpile.

Toilet Paper – Those who listen to the podcast know how often I talk about toilet paper and not wanting to run out! I guess I’ve read so many articles about how others talk about alternatives to toilet paper, like pine cones, rocks, and leaves. If that is all that is available, well ok! But I would rather prepare a little bit more and have a nice supply of the soft stuff for my tushy! The issue with toilet paper is storage. But I keep mine in my garage and just treat it like food, first in – first out! The brand that I get is from Sam’s. It is affordable and worth it.

Toothpaste – Have you ever had a toothache or a cavity? In normal times, you can go to the dentist and get it taken care of. In an emergency or SHTF situation, you will want to take care of your teeth because having pain in your mouth isn’t fun! A good toothpaste is important. Make sure you get one that you will actually use and not some cheap stuff from the dollar store! Also, don’t forget the floss!

Soap and Shampoo – I’ve read many articles on making soap in a survival situation. It’s good to have that knowledge, but I don’t want to have to go there until I absolutely need to! Buying soap and shampoo is inexpensive and is easy to store. Use the calculation example above to figure out how much soap and shampoo you will need for your stockpile.

Feminine Hygiene Products – Do you know how women used to deal with their periods back in the day? If so, do you think any modern-day woman would want to do that today? Again, if it was a survival scenario, there is not much a woman could do. But if they don’t have to deal with that until they absolutely need to, then why go through it?

Deodorant – Yeah, you don’t have to smell like a beast during the apocalypse. Or at least, you don’t have to smell like a beast at the outset. One deodorant that I have used, that is unscented and doesn’t contain aluminum is the Thai Crystal Deodorant Stone. I’ve been using it for about 9 years now. And one will last me for about 9 months. At $6.20, that is a great cost savings compared to the regular deodorant sticks.

A Non-Hygiene Item that You Can Use for Hygiene

One other item that self-reliant minded folk might want to stockpile is baking soda. Baking soda has many uses. But specifically for hygiene, baking soda could be used to make toothpaste, as a deodorant, as a facial scrub and a bath soak. For more articles on the many uses of baking soda, check out the tag cloud on Prepper Website.

Also, there are many preppers and homesteaders that make their own hygiene items. They stockpile raw materials to use in making them. That is fine if you are used to doing it. But if you are used to purchasing them from the store, an emergency situation isn’t the time to start learning to make your own products.

Don’t Go Without!

In closing, with a little preparedness, you don’t have to go without important hygiene items. Yes, you could use alternatives, but why have to deal with all of that when you are right in the middle of an emergency situation? Having these vital items stockpiled will help you to live healthier and focus your attention on more pressing issues.



13 thoughts on “Hygiene Supplies – How Much Do You Really Need?”

  1. Good post……….Being a long time prepper, I have lots of “stuff” stored, tp is still a needed/wanted item due to space. A potential alternative my wife and I have discovered are yard sale napkings, the type used at barbeques, cook outs, parties! You can find stacks of Christmas/Halloween/birthday napkins at yard sales everywhere, and while not as good, maybe, as commercial tp, they will certainly work, and you’d be amazed at the quantity that can be stored in a plastic tote. And they’re usually available for literally pennies on the dollar!

    Toothpaste can be commercial, baking soda is a good alternative with no added chemicals, and salt works well! And more in the line of first aid items than hygiene, tooth repair/toothache kits will prove to be invaluable.

    Soap and Shampoo: Easy to stock, personally I bought out a supply of personal sized bottles from a motel that was going out of business. Soap, shampoo, creme rinse and body lotion and body wash. Several hundred bottles of each to supplement the stock I already had.

    Very limited feminine supplies, and no deodorant at all. Might be something to watch for and pick up!

    1. poorman

      Napkins won’t dissolve like TP so if you are on a septic tank I would be careful on using them.

  2. That is some good information, lot of it which I already do. One thing for people to think about, if you are fixing to, or going to build you a new house. Build it with a full basement, you have a place to store all your extra supplies that you will need, not only during times like this. You have hurricane season, winter storms, You can buy plastic 5 shelves that you can store extra food, and supplies. If you have a refrigerator that you are not going to use, put it in the basement for dry food storage, for items, like grits, flour, pasta, baking chocolate, cereal. It keeps bugs out of your food. You can keep your tool boxes in the basement, and also put items like paint on shelves. It help keep the paint last longer, because of the constant temperature. Put you a couch and love seat, and some chairs down there. Put your network down there on a ups, and when the power goes out, you can see what is going on, with you laptop, tablet? Take 2 x 4’s and build you a rack to mount to the ceiling, to mount a tv on. I hope this information helps. Have a great weekend.


    1. Wilmer,

      I would love to have a basement. Here in Housotn, Texas, I believe it is too wet. However, if I ever build a house, I will have something along these lines.


  3. Gretta Todd

    Good article. Need one one convincing my husband to go along. I had a cabin my mom bought me. Wanted to make solar oven and get “hand pump” (expensive for 350 foot well but worth it) stockpile wood for woodstove ( which had hook for pot and I had the pot to cook in). Figured it would be perfect. He could hunt. We could store our supplies and food stashes in spare bedroom. He decided I had to sell it because the taxes were too high and we needed money…we are missionaries her in USA Donations have been terrible the past couple of years. He calls me his mini preppier and jokes about it. Hope you guys have better luck


    1. Greta,

      Thanks for commenting. Where are you a missionary?


  4. I’ve heard the tp rule was 1 roll per person per week, I’m a woman and can go about 8 days per roll. I think toothbrushes and floss are more important than toothpaste. It’s actually the action that cleans teeth. Don’t discount the dollar store, there are name brand toothpastes sold there.

    1. poorman

      I completely agree. As for the dollar store they also have 3 packs of toothbrush’s and 50 packs of floss sticks. A few dollars get you a large supply and they would be a great barter item also

  5. poorman

    To check the amount of time toothpaste lasts you could put the date on a new tube with a marker. same with box’s of anything else. Easier than trying to keep a list of everything

  6. Gary P.

    On the subject of hygiene, is there an article or information about what to do when the sewage system stops working? I have the electric and water system backups, but when the toilets stop working in the house and no place on property to dig a hole what are the choices?

  7. Angelcrest

    Here in NW Florida, some hygiene & especially feminine supplies have been hard to locate, not available in the absorption range needed & have increased at least 20-30 % in price since January 2020. I began searching for washable, reusable pads. These are available online both for periods & incontinence. While the upfront cost to have a two week supply is steep, the long term savings more than offset what the yearly cost of the disposable pads were. And I no longer have to be dependent on whatever was available in the stores! I do have a very good non electric portable clothes washing system & a clothesline that we use when hurricanes take out our power for a couple of weeks.

    Paper goods have been in short supply here for over 3 months. The big cases of tp, Kleenex, paper towels have been hit or miss at our local Sam’s Club. Last week, paper plates were also in very limited supplies. And we’re back to being limited to just 1 of each if they are available.

    I have vacuum sealed an extra case of each of our paper goods & put them away. And acquired reusable alternatives for when those run out. Working on making sure we have the necessities for our situation.

  8. If you have a septic system that has not been pumped in the last 2 years get it done. Where do you think the expression wtshtf comes from?

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