Vacuum cleaners are versatile tools that can be used for a variety of prepping tasks, from cleaning and organizing to packing and sealing. A dry vacuum cleaner is something that I like to spend a little more money on because it can last a really long time. I prefer the canister vacuum because it gets me the most uses! There are many different types of vacuum cleaners out there, but you really have to choose one of the best vacuums that will give you the most bang for your buck. If you’re a prepper, then you know you can get even more uses out of it, beyond regular cleaning.
How to Use a Vacuum Cleaner for Prepping
I remember my first vacuum cleaner and how much I loved putting the carpet indentations into our 1970s shag carpet. Back then, a normal vacuum was amazing, but all of the internal parts, high speed, and different tasks a vacuum hose can suck up now are incredible.
It’s not as if the electric motor wears out quickly! I have found that newer vacuums are nice for cleaning carpets and hardwood floors, but my vacuum also is a great way to prep, and there are many surprising uses for it! Here are some tips on how to use a vacuum cleaner for prepping.
1. Cleaning and Organizing
Keeping your prepping supplies and gear clean and organized is essential for staying prepared. A vacuum cleaner can help make this task easier by quickly and efficiently cleaning up dirt, dust, and debris from your storage areas.
Make sure to use the appropriate attachments for each surface, such as a crevice tool for tight spaces or an upholstery tool for soft surfaces. Regularly vacuuming your storage areas can help prevent pest infestations and help keep your gear in good condition.
2. Packing and Sealing
Vacuum sealers are a great tool for preppers, allowing you to pack and store food, gear, and other supplies in airtight bags to protect them from moisture, pests, and other environmental factors. Using a vacuum cleaner to remove excess air from the bags ensures a tight seal and maximizes storage space.
Make sure to use high-quality vacuum sealer bags designed for prepping purposes, as regular plastic bags may not hold up over time. Label each bag with the contents and date to make it easy to find what you need when you need it.
3. Emergency Cleaning
In a survival situation, keeping your living space clean and sanitary can be crucial for avoiding illness and maintaining morale. A vacuum cleaner can be used to quickly and efficiently clean up dirt, debris, and other messes.
Consider having a backup power source, such as a generator, Goal Zero Yeti Home Backup System, or solar panels, in case of a power outage. Also, keep extra vacuum bags and filters on hand in case they need to be replaced if your vacuum uses bags. Bagless vacuums are very common now but they still use a filter.
4. Water Removal
In the event of a flood or other water-related emergency, a wet/dry vacuum can be a lifesaver. These vacuums are designed to remove spills, crumbs, and standing water from carpets, area rugs, wood and tile flooring, and other surfaces, something a prepper appreciates as they try to stay prepared for emergencies.
Make sure to wear protective gear, such as rubber gloves and boots, when using a wet/dry vacuum. Make sure to dispose of the water properly to avoid contamination and health risks when you are emptying the unit. You’ll probably need to wipe down the area with a sponge, rag, microfiber cloth, or paper towel after the liquids are removed as a final step. Be sure to through away items in your trash that were used for such cleaning since they could become contaminated unless they can be run through the clothes washer for soapy water treatment. Scrub down the sink area if water was poured down the drain.
5. Air Filtration
Indoor air pollution can be a serious health hazard, especially in a survival situation where ventilation may be limited. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter can help remove allergens, dust, and other pollutants from the air. Some areas in your home to be sure and clean since they tend to collect dust and dirt are window blinds, curtains, window sills, screens, and furnace and AC air vents. When cleaning those curtains be careful that any bristles from the brushes and the general heavy suction of the vacuum don’t damage the fabric.
Make sure to clean or replace the filter regularly to ensure that it’s functioning properly. Consider investing in a portable air purifier or ventilation system to further improve indoor air quality.
In conclusion, a vacuum cleaner can be a valuable tool for preppers, serving a variety of purposes from cleaning and organizing to packing and sealing. By utilizing these tips, you can make the most out of your vacuum cleaner and stay prepared for any situation.
6. Pest Control
In a survival situation, pests like rodents and insects can be a serious health hazard and cause damage to your supplies and gear. A vacuum cleaner can be used to quickly and efficiently remove pest droppings, webs, and other debris.
Make sure to wear protective gear, such as gloves and a mask, when cleaning up pest debris to avoid exposure to harmful bacteria or allergens. Consider using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to further reduce the risk of exposure.
7. Fire Prevention
Keeping your living space free of flammable materials can help prevent fires, especially in a survival situation where access to emergency services may be limited. A vacuum cleaner can be used to remove dust, lint, and other flammable debris from carpets, upholstery, work areas, storage areas that don’t get much attention, and other surfaces.
Make sure to clean the vacuum dustbin or bag regularly to avoid the risk of damage inside the vacuum cleaner itself from overheating. Inspect the vacuum cord, any vacuum attachment, and components for signs of wear or damage before use. Fire Extinguisher Post
8. Clothing Repair
In a survival situation, repairing damaged clothing can be essential for staying warm and dry. A vacuum cleaner with an attachment can be used to clean out your sewing machines. Then you can always have it available to repair tears or holes in clothing or gear, sew your own clothing, or piece materials together for a shelter. A sewing machine is a great appliance that we all should learn to use. When my girls were little I made most of their clothes and gained a great deal of pleasure doing so. Keeping it in good working order is critical.
Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the sewing machine vacuum attachment carefully to avoid damaging the fabric or injuring yourself. Keep spare thread and needles on hand for quick repairs. Micro Vacuum
9. Vehicle Maintenance
Having access to reliable transportation is crucial in a survival situation, making vehicle maintenance an important task. A vacuum cleaner can be used to clean your vehicle’s interior, removing dirt, dust, and other debris that can clog air filters or cause mechanical issues.
Make sure to use appropriate attachments for different surfaces, such as a crevice tool for tight spaces or an upholstery tool for seats and carpets. Keep spare vacuum bags and filters in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
10. Personal Hygiene
Maintaining personal hygiene is important for avoiding illness and staying healthy in a survival situation. A vacuum cleaner can be used to clean hair clippers, razors, and other personal grooming tools, removing dirt, hair, and other debris that can harbor bacteria or other pathogens.
You also want to make sure those furry friends you have at home are kept clean and free from loose hair, bugs, thistles, and so on. You can buy attachments to use as you do some minor “grooming” of pets. Depending on the length of the hair, razors and scissors can leave a real mess if not vacuumed up when the job is done.
Make sure to use appropriate cleaning solutions and follow the instructions for each grooming tool carefully to avoid damaging the device or injuring yourself. Consider investing in portable showers or washing facilities to maintain personal hygiene in a survival situation.
What kind of vacuums exist?
- Conventional upright vacuum cleaner
- Cordless vacuum cleaner
- Hand-held vacuum cleaners
- Industrial vacuum cleaners
- Portable canister vacuum cleaners
- Smaller handheld vacuum cleaners
- Robot vacuum cleaners
A vacuum cleaner can be a versatile tool for preppers, serving a variety of purposes from pest control and fire prevention, to keeping your sewing equipment clean and ready for clothing repair and personal hygiene. By utilizing these additional tips, you can make the most out of your vacuum cleaner and stay prepared for any situation. Whether sweeping up dust particles or cleaning up pet hair to make it into a fire starter, there are tons of uses for vacuum cleaners.
Some of the best vacuum cleaners can be expensive, but you better believe that you’ll get those dust mites cleaned up and also find many surprising uses for the vacuum to use for prepping. If you can find additional uses for your washing machine, then you are surely going to find many other great ways to use your upright vacuum. What uses would you add to this list? May God Bless this World, Linda
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