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Offline Gandar

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Hey all.

Got a test for you that I'm going to try for myself.

I assume that the most important areas to wash are areas that have friction with each other and the other areas (though just as important to clean) need less "scrubbing".

Let's try and take 1 gallon of water in the bathroom with us and see how much or how little we can use to effectively bathe on any given day.

Make sure to reply your results here.

Gandar.



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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2007, 08:41:44 PM »
Gandar, is your wife okay with this?  :P
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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2007, 08:44:44 PM »
Hehe.  Well it will be a mock test.  I'll take a real shower after but just to get an idea on how much I would need to use at bare minimum and be able to instruct others to do as needed.
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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2007, 08:50:08 PM »
Interesting experiment!  I can't wait to hear the results!
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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2007, 09:09:04 PM »
Hehe.  Well it will be a mock test.  I'll take a real shower after but just to get an idea on how much I would need to use at bare minimum and be able to instruct others to do as needed.

Uh Gandar, I guess you never heard of a G.I. shower....you get 5 seconds to clean up. Oooh Rah! Gotta love the military! Oh, and that's in base camp, when you're out on patrol, don't even think about a shower until you get back. I would spare a pullover sweater in my pack for extra socks. I might have shivered all night long but if you don't have your feet in good repair, you ain't going nowhere!
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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2007, 09:32:20 PM »
I agree on the footcare RH. Though never been in the military, I aint no stoopid folk ;)
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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2007, 07:37:48 AM »
Shower????? whats that??????

I have to admit that my "Odor" is not usually at the top of the list when Im out in the bush.......I can always clean up when I get back.
Insidently this did lead to some interesting events when Wendy and I spent a week in Algonquin.............twords the end of the trip I was "Thrown" into the river and told to "Wash the goat off myself".............

DAMN that water was C O L D ! ! ! ! !

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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2007, 08:07:39 AM »
Hehe. Well the test is more geared to semi long term survival with some water available.
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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2007, 06:13:37 AM »
Honestly though, if I have a limited supply Im going to save that for drinking. Hygene is important, but you wont die from being dirty............you may not have any friends, but you wont die.

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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2008, 07:23:50 PM »
Unless you need to wash a wound, Woodsman is right, use your water for drinking.

Now back to this shower thing:

Here's the way to do it:

Lay down a face towel under a pail or basin.  This catches clean water at first that you may need for scrubbing later. 
Pour half a gallon of water into the pail.  Hopefully you keep short hair in the bush for extended periods.
Turn your head upside down over the pail and wet your hair being careful to keep runoff going back into the pail.
Soap hair enough to cleanse and use a smaller cup to keep rinsing your hair to get the majority of soap out.
Now use the other half gallon sparingly to rinse your hair out even more. 
Make sure all the soapy water keeps running back into the pail.
Take a small sponge and bathe starting at your face using the soapy water in the pail, trying to keep as much water in the pail as you work down to your feet.
When all done scrubbing down, take what is left of the pail water, soap and all, and pour it over your body excluding the hair.
Towel dry immediately to help remove any other dirt, soap, and water.

Then use a non-scented oil or lotion for a skin softener.

1 gallon of water today ........ find me a river tomorrow.
 

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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2008, 08:42:14 PM »
Lost, I keep my hair cut to just this side of a 2 day beard. Jim

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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2008, 08:59:26 PM »
LOL!  I can see me cutting off my hair in order to save on water just as the rescue helicopter comes over the horizon! :rofl:

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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2008, 09:12:26 PM »
~ I already did that. When I went Camping with Holly.  :thumbdown:  She woke up early... because she didn't hear every little noise in the night. So when I woke up, there were about six teenage girls in the TWO showers!  censored.gif

So.... I took One neutragena facial cleansing sponge.... (they put off a ton of suds) and ONE bottle of bottled water... 12 oz...  and bathed my entire body with it.  :thumbsup:  Even shaved my underarms and lower legs.  :smoke:  Awsome product. Of course, I was only One day dirty... (i'd taken a home shower the day before.) does that matter?  :unsure:

I also used one bottle of water to wash my hair.  or just wet it.

that's 24 oz. for me.



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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2008, 09:15:41 PM »
Well, those six girls suffered because I took ALL the hot water! :devil:
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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2008, 09:18:14 PM »
Lost, I keep my hair cut to just this side of a 2 day beard. Jim

Are you able to bathe with 1 gallon of water?   


LOL!  I can see me cutting off my hair in order to save on water just as the rescue helicopter comes over the horizon! :rofl:

Holly - you have issues with helicopters. Or maybe its the crew.   :)

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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2008, 09:21:07 PM »
I don't really mind being dirty, some of those summer days, well, dirty is lightly putting it.
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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2008, 09:25:12 PM »
Holly - you have issues with helicopters. Or maybe its the crew.   :)

I wouldn't call it an issue...:whistle:  Maybe more of a fetish?  :rofl:
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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2008, 09:31:08 PM »
Complain less, breathe more.

It isn't until man is quiet that nature will speak.

In the silence and solitude of the night is when you truely find yourself.

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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2008, 09:57:01 PM »
~ I already did that. When I went Camping with Holly.  :thumbdown:  She woke up early... because she didn't hear every little noise in the night. So when I woke up, there were about six teenage girls in the TWO showers!  censored.gif

So.... I took One neutragena facial cleansing sponge.... (they put off a ton of suds) and ONE bottle of bottled water... 12 oz...  and bathed my entire body with it.  :thumbsup:  Even shaved my underarms and lower legs.  :smoke:  Awsome product. Of course, I was only One day dirty... (i'd taken a home shower the day before.) does that matter?  :unsure:

I also used one bottle of water to wash my hair.  or just wet it.

that's 24 oz. for me.



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Re: Test-See how little water you can use to bath on a given day
« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2008, 06:54:54 AM »
I can do it!   Before our old homeplace had running water, I did it every day....heat the water on the stove, use a washbasin, use the same water you washed your hair in to bathe.  Today, the wife finds it amazing that I can shower in 5 minutes.
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