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Old 05-26-2016, 08:35 PM   #15
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To help save water (less stress on gray tank), any waterless, dry soap recipes?

I'm no longer a Boy Scout and spoiled by FHU, but we did well with a black, 5 gallon solar shower in the Wisconsin woods for 17 years of boondock camping. Just had to go to the creek for water!
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Sponge bath: keeping clean without running water
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The dry soap I made just made me feel grimier after several hours. So, back into the shower for me!

I will be looking into the low-flow plumbing fixtures, just to help conserve. I see our water disappears quickly, anytime we turn on a faucet.
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Baby wipes and a hot wash cloth can work wonders and not use much water at all and this will keep you fresh and clean for several days if needed. The bucket and emptying the gray tank is a good idea also but you are also using your water. I agree with Slowmachine - I mean to point out only that it is possible to maintain your body with minimal resources. It's not fun, but you can do it for quite a while until the opportunity appears for something better. If you're in an RV of any kind, you're already miles ahead of the minimum required.
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War, yes. Uncivilized, yes. Unclean, not really. The difficult thing is washing clothes, not bodies.

I mean to point out only that it is possible to maintain your body with minimal resources. It's not fun, but you can do it for quite a while until the opportunity appears for something better. If you're in an RV of any kind, you're already miles ahead of the minimum required. I no longer have any taste for "camping." The motorhome, with at least one shower per day and a washer/dryer suits me just fine.
I think we are on the same page, there are circumstances in life where you gotta do what you gotta do, but when you have all the luxuries of Camping/Living in a MH/RV there's no reason not to use the amenities you paid for, just to avoid a little easy work. We used to backpack in the Sierras, and no matter how cold the water was I always took a quick dip in the lake/stream. Even though I didn't use soap, it still felt good to clean up after a day of hiking.

We have stayed in CG's that had water and electricity, but no sewer. You actually had to move your MH and take it to the dump station to dump your tanks. The bulk of us had the 5 gallon bucket, and would just drain off about 20 gallons when needed, dumping it in the restroom toilet. This works great as we can go for a few weeks without dumping the black tanks.
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