This week I was thinking about all of you out on your trips getting dirty and not having anything to do about it. I know how easy it is to get caught up in the fun of camping and forget to take along a washcloth or even soap to keep some form of cleanliness. So here are two tips that will help you get cleaned up after a great day in the mud and the muck.
- Water spout: Take a large, plastic bleach bottle with an airtight lid and poke a small nail hole in the front near the bottom to make a spout. Fill the bottle with water. When you are ready to wash your hands, loosen the lid and the pressure from the top will force a small stream of water from the spout. To create a larger stream of water from the jug, poke the hole with a golf tee. Then tie the upper part of the tee to the jug handle to use as a stopper.Attach a rope to the handle and tie the jug to a tree limb. Place a bar of biodegradable soap in a nylon stocking and hang it from the handle of the jug. Paint a face on it with the mouth over the spout area and you'll smile every time you use it!
- Grooming apron: If you have trouble finding a convenient place in camp to put grooming items for brushing your teeth and combing your hair, make a handy apron for personal items. Not only will your gear be more organized, but you'll be less likely to drop your toothbrush in the dirt!
Take a bath towel, fold up the lower edge about five inches, and sew pockets to hold items such as toothpaste, soap, razor, comb, mirror and washcloth. Sew a casing about two inches above the pockets and thread a drawstring through it, making it long enough to tie around your waist.
The excess material at the top of the towel becomes a flap to keep the items from falling out of their pockets, and can also serve as a towel for drying your hands and face.