Being at a camp means hours and days full of nonstop fun, adventures and a healthy self-cooked diet and that’s where the question of cleaning your own plates arises. Well, you don’t really want to make a mess out of vessels, soap foam and what not, at such a place. So here are a few easy ways to clean your dishes when on a camping trip.
Essentials needed for cleaning task
First of all you will need a few things to try out, such as, biodegradable soap/sanitizers, extra vessels for cleaning water storage, towels/napkins/tissues to wipe your dishes clean once they are washed, wire brush or a natural scrubber to remove the sticky stuff off, and strainer: to clear the water before disposing it. Ash from burnt wood or mud could also be an effective eco-friendly substitute for soap and scrubber.
Once you have gathered all of your essentials for the task to be performed, follow these quick and easy steps:
1. The best time to clean up your dishes/vessels is just after you finish cooking, as the food stuck to the dishes is easily removable at that point of time. If it dries you will need more soap and water, which might be a risk at later stage.
2. Boil a little amount of water, with a few drops of sanitizing soap in the vessel, to wipe the dishes without much effort, as hot water sterilizes the utensils effectively. Store the leftover in a small bottle, you can reuse it!
3. In case, soap is not easily available, Mother Nature, as usual, will come to help. You can use mud or ash from your burnt wood. (These have been really good substitutes of soap since ancient days.)
4. Use a scrubber/wire-brush/ash to scrub your dishes clean.
5. Use a pair of tongs to dip these dishes in the water that you had boiled with sanitizing soap, as explained in step 2.
6. Once you are through with washing them, use a clean cloth to wipe the plates off soap water/ash/mud, so that they are again ready to be used.
7. Hold on, before you throw that water away just like that, strain it well to remove the leftover food particles. Put these leftovers from the strain into a bag and dispose it off in a bin. We don’t want the same Mother Nature to pay our camping fee, right?
8. Dispose the soap water at a safer place, far from natural water source or dig a pit for the same purpose.
You are now done with your task!
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