We take a lot of things for granted in today’s society. When our clothes get dirty, we drop them into the nearest washing machine, add a little detergent, and twist a dial or press a button. Voila! Our clothes come out clean and fresh. But, what if you no longer had access to a washing machine? Do you have a plan for cleaning clothes?
How about mending clothes? That’s something we rarely think about in today’s disposable society. If a shirt gets ripped, we either toss it out or make it into rags. Then we head to the mall and pick up a new one, right? What if there was no mall? Or Wal-Mart?
Do you know how to sew? How about mending socks? Do you have the necessary needles and thread? How about replacing a lost button or two?
Give some thought now as to how you’ll take care of clothing during and after a disaster. People were cleaning clothes for hundreds of years before the advent of the automatic washing machine. It can be done–learn how. Stock up on needles, thread, buttons, and other items necessary for mending clothing and learn how they are used. Trust me, you might have some romantic vision of making your own buckskin pants but I think you’ll find they aren’t quite as comfortable as those blue jeans you’re wearing now.