Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How to Take an Old Fashioned Bird Bath

I try to remember that sometimes there are questions we don't even know to ask, particularly about prepping. Today I wanted to share how to take an old fashioned bird bath, as my grandmother used to call them. Plus, it's one of those topics I have never seen discussed.
Granted if life crashes as we know it, we don't need to bath everyday. But as it so happens we are in the middle of getting a new bathroom. Today we have a new vanity and cool looking faucet that isn't plumbed, no shower/tub and no running water in the bathroom & I have a doctors appointment this morning. 

The Set Up: I used a pan with about 1/2 gallon of heated water. This pan happens to be one I no longer use any more for cooking; but you may use a bucket, dish pan, pretty much anything. Then a towel, 2 wash clothes, soap, a jar of water and a jar for spitting. Remember you want to use enough water to be effective, but being mindful of that fact you more than likely will be hauling this water. Also note that if you are only storing 1 gallon a day for each person (which is the standard recommendation), you are just going to be dirty.
The Sections:
Head: This is my personal preference, I have a separate wash cloth for my face. Since you may not want to be using a new cloth everyday. Basically you start at the top and work your way down.
Pits: This is where I start using the second cloth. 


Bits: Clean this well. 'Nuff said.





Feet: Since my feet are the dirtiest part, I save that for last.



Preps:  In our prep storage we also have a Coleman 5-gallon Solar Shower
Gearing for short-term and long term preparedness, I just wanted to have the option of a shower still. Ann from our community had a good suggestion of storing baby wipes, which is a fairly inexpensive item to have on hand.

Brushing Teeth:
Pretty easy to do. I had a canning jar with water, a canning jar to spit in (saved that clean water).

After you have got cleaned up what you have is grey water. Don't just throw it away- there are many uses for greywater.


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Items I have used this week: First is the Coleman Solar Shower we have in our preps. I am currently reading "Lucifer's Hammer" again, I am dehydrating eggs shells today and sealing up some snacks in canning jars.

   
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15 comments:

  1. We use a dishpan mostly filled with water for baths. I then use another Dutch Oven pot filled with moderately hot water to do my waist-length hair. (I think that's a gallon?) It's rather shocking how LITTLE water is needed to wash completely.

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    1. Marie,
      I agree with you and think that is why people need to practice.
      You are used to the lifestyle, which is why I appreciate your comments particularly. Where others I believe are not storing enough water & could certainly be in a fix if they get to a point where they are trying to live ona gallon a day for each person.

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    2. Marie,
      I agree with you and think that is why people need to practice.
      You are used to the lifestyle, which is why I appreciate your comments particularly. Where others I believe are not storing enough water & could certainly be in a fix if they get to a point where they are trying to live ona gallon a day for each person.

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  2. My mom used to say "Wash down as far as possible, wash up as far as possible and when possible, wash possible."

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  3. I tried doing a search on your site but couldn't find why you are dehydrating egg shells?

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    1. Sorry I missed your comment.
      I dehydrate my eggs shells to grind up and feed to my chickens for extra calcium.

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    2. Sorry I missed your comment.
      I dehydrate my eggs shells to grind up and feed to my chickens for extra calcium.

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