Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Prudent Prepping: Cleaning Up After Squirrel Attacks

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. 

Here is another useful item I found in my daily trudge through Big Box stores.

SNAPS 75-ct Cloth-Like Wipes

I'm always looking for additions to my camping/BBQ/ general cleaning gear, and these seem to be a good addition, especially since they can be carried dry and cleaning products can be added at the time you need them. With news reports of wildlife moving into areas that were closed due to a hysterical response to the Covid virus, there exists a need to do extra cleaning, and wiping surfaces is a good idea even if born of an overabundance of caution.  

Home Depot pic
From the Home Depot ad for Snaps!:
SNAPS cloth-like wipes from Intex is 5 times stronger than paper towels and designed especially for use with leading disinfectants for safe and effective surface cleaning. Use SNAPS cloth-like cleaning wipes with your favorite brand of disinfectant to and make your own wet wipes.
  • Super absorbent dry wipes
  • Pour your favorite cleaner into the resealable bag to make your own wet wipes
  • Resealable packaging
  • Extremely durable
  • Wet or dry use

I have friends that have used make-your-own disinfectant and baby wipes over the last three months, and I think there are many many different workable wipe recipes on the Web. I do know this recipe for wipes was used by one friend when the popular bleach brand of wipes were unobtainable. Scrolling farther down the wipes page are formulas for many different types of wipes. The baby wipe formula looks like a good general use wipe, to be followed with a plain water rinse if you don't want to smell like that.

SNAPS seem suitable for anti-rodent cleanup on most surfaces, but not cloth or fabric. This might be an improvement if used on rodents, but I'm not certain how a squirrel would feel about a soothing wipe-down and I don't have access to any for testing purposes. Perhaps an owner might weigh in?

The fact that the wipes come pre-packaged in their own resealable container and do not require cutting a paper towel in half offsets, in my mind at least, the increased price of the dry wipes. However, a more rigid container would substantially increase the resistance to rodent attacks.

I have four packages going into my camping gear that I'm hoping to use this year, assuming the weather and arsonists cooperate by not burning major portions of the state. Wish me luck, and a lack of squirrel attacks.

Recap And Takeaway, Minus Rodents
  • 4 packs of Snaps! Wipes were purchased from a local Home Depot for $2.88 each. This particular manufacturer does not seem to offer this item to Amazon, which is a pity since rodents can carry diseases that wipes could help prevent.
  • Nothing else was purchased this week.
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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

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