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#75784 - 10/30/06 08:24 PM Re: Washing dishes in the woods?
KenK Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
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Loc: NE Wisconsin
What do you do with the formerly boiled water? Do you throw that on the ground?

My suggestion is to wipe the gear to the point of looking clean with paper towel (or even a wet paper towel). Then wash in a plastic tub with warm soapy water (I use Dawn, which is more environmentally friendly than many). Then rinse in a tub with clean hot water. Then rinse in a tub with coolish water with a caoful of bleach added (1.5 teaspoons/gallon). Let dishes soak in the chlorine water for a few minutes if possible.

Now here's the trick. Take a 5 gallon plastic bucket. Drill a few fairly small holes in the bottom of the bucket. Set the bucket on the ground off to the side. When done doing dishes, pour the soapy water into the bucket. Then pour the rinse water into the soapy water tub, swirl, and then pour that into the bucket. Now pour the bleach water into the rinse tub, swirl, then into the soap tub, swirl, and then into the bucket.

If you pre-wipe the dishes well, the water in the bucket is really quite clean and shouldn't have any food particles.

Let the bucket sit for a few hours and the water will magically disappear. <img src="/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> The other nice thing about this is that putting all of the water together dilutes both the soap and the bleach down to 1/3 the original volume, which helps a bit (not that I'd want to drink it). Place the bucket in a new location each time you do this.

As for what to do with toothbrushing spit ... don't spit. Put just a liiiiitle tiny dab of toothpaste on the brush, brush, swallow, get a mouthful of water, rinse, swallow. No spitting.

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#75785 - 10/30/06 10:53 PM Re: Washing dishes in the woods?
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
Our dishwater got dumped in our personal portaprivy and absorbed by the kitty litter it contained. I like the "magic bucket" idea better. That'll probably make an appearance at next year's TRF.

Oh, and as far as brushing our teeth, let's just say our personas were very accurate as far as the 16th century goes. <img src="/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />

-Blast
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#75786 - 10/31/06 12:19 AM Re: Washing dishes in the woods?
Roarmeister Offline
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Registered: 09/12/01
Posts: 939
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
I use the bare minimum in "dishes". Pot and insulated cup. I lick clean, then boil enough water to make a cup of tea and drink the mixed leftovers. You might want to strain the solids if they don't work the the tea - I don't generally have a problem.
Who needs to toss out the grey water?
Who needs soap?
Who needs a pot scrubber?
Who needs to waste or pollute?

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#75787 - 10/31/06 12:52 AM Re: Washing dishes in the woods?
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Registered: 01/25/04
Posts: 160
Loc: Mid-Missouri
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#75788 - 10/31/06 12:57 AM Re: Washing dishes in the woods?
Misanthrope Offline
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 156
Loc: Chicago burbs
Good find. I just forwarded the page to some of the animals that attend the annual walleye pilgrimage.
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#75789 - 10/31/06 01:03 AM Re: Washing dishes in the woods?
Woodsloafer Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 122
Loc: Upstate NewYork
If you're going to cheat anyway, us a bit of soap/detergent rather than screwing around w/ sahes. Eliminate the middle man.
As for the "dangers" of teflon, just be sure to wear your tinfoil hat.

"There is nothing so frightening as ignorance in action."
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#75790 - 10/31/06 02:55 AM Re: Washing dishes in the woods?
Blast Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
Marduk,

You da' man!!! That'll be perfect.

Thanks,
-Blast
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#75791 - 10/31/06 03:52 AM Re: Washing dishes in the woods?
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
It isn't the dangers of teflon I'm worried about. I'm worried about taking the teflon off with the green scrubby.

The first time I washed a teflon pot, it was one my mother had used. This is the woman who can burn water, despite being a decent cook. In an act that can be best discribed as "Pavlovian", I might have reached for the copper wool..... I had to buy her a new pot. And I got all the old, non-teflon pots and pans as she upgraded. (Including the old cast iron stuff- wooh-who!)
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#75792 - 10/31/06 04:02 AM Re: Washing dishes in the woods?
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Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
*tries to picture Blast in a chainmail loincloth, with a claymore and rum*

*pictures self in black great kilt, broadsword, one hand holding scotch and the other spiced mead*

Not sure which image is scarier. :P

Actually, I've heard through the grape vine that santiation has been a constant bugaboo for the organizers of the TRF. I guess the first couple of years, some people actually did get sick, and they've had to clamp down hard to get any kind of insurance at all.
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#75793 - 10/31/06 04:59 PM Re: Washing dishes in the woods?
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas
Alas, no chainmail this year. I went as a silk road caravan master armed with a small kukhri. You can see pictures up on my blog. The unfortunate display of nothing but rum, claymore and loincloth was seen on a man who, shall we say, was well prepared for any potential famine or cold weather. (thick coating of body hair and pushing 300+ lbs) <img src="/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> He seemed very happy though and that's the main thing.

-Blast

p.s. Oh yeah, and my drink of choice is a brandy. <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

p.p.s. Okay Ironraven, now show a picture of you.
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