*Sponge Bath*
Primitive Bathing
By: Jaden
30 September 07

A very water efficient and effective way to bath is the “sponge bath” method. It can be done with as little as 1 gallon of water (YMMV depending on how dirty you are).

It’s Saturday night and I’m here at camp and have been working all day putting on shingles and crawling underneath rerouting propane lines. I ended the day being rather dirty. I won’t be going home until Monday night and we don’t have a shower set up here *YET*. That’s coming next year and will be similar to what we had set up at the International Campout.

I heated up a teakettle of water and poured it in to a washtub and then added some cold water. I cleaned up including washing my hair and only used 2 gallons of water.


I can hear some folks now- “EWWWW... that’s gross!!”. Well, when it’s all you’ve got, it WORKS! Nothing says you only have to use 1 or 2 gallons of water. You can wash your hair first, change the water, then wash the rest of you or however you want to do it.

I don’t use a sponge, I use a regular wash cloth, but still... a sponge can be used.

Bottom line, it works.

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