You may think that because you are living like a minimalist that you don’t have to conserve water when bugging in or bugging out, far from it!
You might think it is a good opportunity to forget about such things as washing and bathing.
Since you will probably be involved in more strenuous activities than normal such as chopping wood, etc. bathing in limited water is particularly important.
Do not waste drinking water by using it for bathing unless there is a plentiful supply.
Take your bath at least once a week without using water liberally; and always brush your teeth with drinking water.
There is a need to use water daily, but it must be used sparingly when it’s in short supply.
Always wash your hands before handling food or preparing a meal, after using the toilet.
Keep a bucket of water hand for hand washing or at least a large wet towel to be used each day.
Have a good all-over bath once a week and dry shampoo your hair at the same time.
Shampooing hair uses a lot of water, so think about how often you can perform this “luxury” hygiene regime.
When bugging in or out, and water is in short supply, don’t take tub baths and showers.
In summer, take the pool or tin tub outdoors or dig a shallow hole and line it with a piece of polythene plastic held down with stones or bricks.
Think ahead and have these things prepared before you need them.
Hardworking feet must be looked after carefully; so wash them thoroughly in a drain wash basin and dry well, especially between the toes.
Use foot powder generously.
Trim your toe nails regularly.
Use a small bath towel rather than a bath size one.
It will dry quickly and will take up less space in your laundry hamper.
Always wash out your bath towel after use, then hang it to dry.
If it becomes smelly, you can boil it outside on a campfire.
Remember, your objective is to conserve water when bugging in or bugging out.
Keep soap dry in a container, otherwise you will end up with a slimy mess and less soap.
If you put it down on the ground, it will get covered with dirt or grass; and you will have to rinse it off.
In general, wash clothes only when the weather is good.
Air dry woolens and heavy clothes in Winter and put away with dried herbs, pine needles, etc. to fragrance them.
If you do a lot of walking, change socks every day or every other day, if you can.
When you wash clothes in a 15-gallon tin tub, etc., hang them out to dry on bushes or trees or use string to make a clothesline.
If you don’t have a clothesline, use a double length of twisted string.
Tuck your washing into it and make do if you don’t have clothespins.
Dishes become more difficult to clean if they are left, so wash them right away.
Use a dish pan or foot tub to wash dishes in.
You will need a dishcloth, brush, pan scourer, dish liquid, and/or washing powder.
Don’t wash the outside of well seasoned cast-iron cookware!
Clean the inside and dry thoroughly.
When you finish washing dishes, hang the dishcloth and and tea towel used for drying dishes.
When pioneers lived on desert prairies, they had to conserve every drop of water they used.
What do you think they did when wells went dry, pumps failed, drought, etc.?
Daily life gets tough when you have to conserve water, but when times get tough, you get tougher!
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