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Old 08-28-2010, 12:18 PM
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Sounds funny, but It may be all we can manage if TSHTF.

Here's what I learned during hurricane Fran - did it this way ever since:

Take a large spaghetti pot and fill with water.
Heat on the grill (camping stove, campfire, whatever) until bathwater hot.
Get a small Tupperware (I use a pint container from a Chinese restaurant).

Take all of the above into the shower.

Douse yourself with one or 2 scoops of water.
Lather up.
Continue to scoop water over yourself until your rinsed off. Sometimes squatting will help you to get to hard to reach areas

That's it!

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Now here's the problem with that:
I'm bald, so washing hair for me is a non-issue.
How would you ladies with long hair handle it?
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Sounds funny, but It may be all we can manage if TSHTF.

Here's what I learned during hurricane Fran - did it this way ever since:

Take a large spaghetti pot and fill with water.
Heat on the grill (camping stove, campfire, whatever) until bathwater hot.
Get a small Tupperware (I use a pint container from a Chinese restaurant).

Take all of the above into the shower.

Douse yourself with one or 2 scoops of water.
Lather up.
Continue to scoop water over yourself until your rinsed off. Sometimes squatting will help you to get to hard to reach areas

That's it!

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Now here's the problem with that:
I'm bald, so washing hair for me is a non-issue.
How would you ladies with long hair handle it?

Not a problem for long hair. I can wash my past shoulder length hair with a normal amount of shampoo and one gallon of water and have it squeaky clean. You just can't waste any of that gallon. I can also bathe and be squeaky clean with one gallon of water and regular soap all over me. And btw, a little cold water won't hurt you either. It's very bracing. I've only had to do that once but like everything else, you just plan first and then act, rather than act without thinking and have that "oops" moment, like most people.

Of course, if you're just trying to conserve water, you can take "navy showers" all the time. Turn the shower on for just a few seconds to get wet, soap up well and then turn it back on for a minute or two to get the soap off.

Another option is the soap that doesn't need to be washed off but I've never tried that. It's used a lot for invalids to make the caregiver's work easier.
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Another option is the soap that doesn't need to be washed off but I've never tried that. It's used a lot for invalids to make the caregiver's work easier.
Maybe a special kind of soap? Seems like soap drying on skin would be irritating.
I only do that when I'm out of bug repellent. IT WORKS!
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I get a pot and warm it up. Of course after the hurricane, I just sat it outside for a few hours to get warm. It is so sunny here. But I get a washcloth and dip it in the water. Take it out wet and put a few drops of suds onto the washcloth. Or smack the bar of soap on it. Then scrub the washcloth together real fast to get a lather. Then use that soapy cloth to wipe down your face and hotspots. If the suds are wearing down, pour a little water on it and rub it again. It will sud up to get the rest of your body.

Then you can take a cup and rinse off a little.
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Not technically a sponge bath... but what the heck.

MSR Dromedary bag with shower attachment.

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With a dang sponge! Any questions, O' add water to. ;p
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Maybe a special kind of soap? Seems like soap drying on skin would be irritating.
I only do that when I'm out of bug repellent. IT WORKS!

I have always thought it was not a good thing to leave on your skin, too. I can only assume that it's not regular soap and some special formulation, probably made for or because of invalids or perhaps hospital use.
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About a year ago the landlord didn't pay the water bill and i didn't have water for a few days,,it sucked.

With water gotten from my neighbor i had to do spongebaths for a few days.

I bought a solar shower and used that in the morning, but it was super cold!

I also heated up water on the stove and used baby wipes to give myself a whores bath.

Nothing beats a real shower but i made it thru the day!
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What the OP described is called a "sea shower."

I have a pot that I always bring when I go camping--and this is what it is used exclusively for.

It works very well.

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A couple times out west, I kicked a hole in the river ice to take a bath.
You gotta be too gamey to live with yourself to even try this.

It starts with 90 proof schnappes. The rest is a blur, but you will sleep good afterwards.
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I also heated up water on the stove and used baby wipes to give myself a whores bath.
Har! Whores bath.
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Yeah, this weekend, I hit the river a few times when we were camping. Didn't use soap, but it got the stinkys off. I never thought of needing to take a sponge bath. Guess that shows y'all how much of a preparation virgin I am. But hey. That's why I joined the forum!
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first off it helps to buy the sponge a few drinks...........
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This is how I got clean when I lived in my primitive house. Heat up some water. Put some warm water in a jug, the rest goes in a bucket of water so it's not freezing but still cold (This was late fall, early fall I still went to the lake). Go outside and stand on the grass. Use the warm water to foam up your hair and body (Warm gets the grease out). Rinse with the bucket of coldish water from top to toe until you aren't soapy. Rinsing don't need warm water. Done!
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We are use to taking cold showers here...while we were redoing our bathroom (in the winter) we took outside showers with cold water from our water barrels. It takes some getting use to but it works!
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We are use to taking cold showers here...while we were redoing our bathroom (in the winter) we took outside showers with cold water from our water barrels. It takes some getting use to but it works!
Teeth are chattering just thinking about it.
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You start with a pan of warm water, a sponge and a really hot nurse.
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on a regular basis i've been practicing one inch baths in my bathtub. i put a stopper in the tub to keep any water from going down. i use my dd's rinse cup to scoop water and pour it all over myself. then i lather and rinse. i use the same water i first rinsed in to rinse the lather off of myself. i've had no problems so far.

i've also done a spit shine bath using the johnson and johnson disposable bath wash cloths. i take a wet wash cloth and pass it over my body. then i take the bath wash cloth and pass it over my body. in the end i rinse using the wash cloth again. J&J bath wash cloths were 14 ct for $3.00 at big lots.

when all else fails there is baking soda! hand sanitizer don't forget bath wash is good for the whole body.
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please tell me you aren't taking baths in the river... even the boy scouts manual states to bathe 200 ft away from the river. the thing is the soap will contaminate the river and affect wild life.
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