If you have ever gone on a camping spree, you’d know that it doesn’t afford you most of the facilities that you’d get at home. One of the most important things you may not have access to while camping is water. So, having to use the little you have for washing your plates can be very terrifying. Here, we will look at how you can clean your dishes while camping without water.
First, let’s look at a few tips that you should employ while camping.
Camping tips for beginners
- Abstain from making greasy foods while camping
Foods that contain oil can cause serious stains on your plate. These stains usually are gotten rid of only with the use of washing liquid. So, you could go for foods that have little to no oil content.
And even if you have to eat these greasy foods, don’t set them on your ceramic or plastic dishes. Set them on paper plates that you can easily dispose.
- Take more of drinks while camping
You don’t have to settle for a three-square meal while camping. This technique will reduce the number of plates that you have to wash. Instead of meals, go for fruit punches, coke, and other drinks you love.
- Always include tissue rolls in your camping pack
With tissue, you can always clean up your dishes after using them. Once they are cleaned up, you can save them up for the next time you’d be having your meal.
- Try to clean with some water at least
In a case where you have just little water, ensure that you clean out every form of debris from the dishes. That way, the little water won’t be wasted. Work mostly with tissue rolls and use brushes to get rid of burns and other stubborn stains.
- Dry your plates
Ensure that you always leave your cleaned plates under the sun for a while. The heat usually helps to get rid of microbes that might have settled on the surface of the plate.
- Come with many dishes
In a scenario where you know you wouldn’t have much access to water on your camping journey, you could just pack up a number of plates that you can use the whole time you are camping.
That way, you don’t have to wash at all. Note that this is only great when you are camping for a short while.
- Prepare most of your meals at home
If you are someone that is big on meals, ensure that you make most of them at home. What this means is that you do most of the cooking at home. So, you just arrive at the camp and eat. The good thing about this tip is that you won’t have to use too many dishes at your camp site.
How to clean dishes while camping without water
Now that you are familiar with some of the cleaning tips, let’s see how you can then clean dishes while camping without water
1. Gather the dirty plates together and then, scrape off the remnant food off the surface. Ensure that you pour the remnant into a trash bin. Throwing the remnant directly to the ground would attract rats, squirrels, insects and other disturbing pests to the site. You wouldn’t want to deal with that issue while camping.
2. Set the plates with oily surfaces separately. You wouldn’t want the oil on them to get smeared on the other cleaner surfaces.
3. For the dishes with oily surfaces, clean them by wiping tissue across their surfaces. Afterwards, set the plates under the sun. That way, the microbes and other disturbing agents can be easily gotten rid of.
4. For dishes whose surfaces are without oil, you could easily dust off the food remnants from their surfaces. If you wish, you can work with tissue too.
5. If you have pots with food burns, work with brushes with hard bristles in getting rid of them.
P.S: You’d still need some water when washing dishes with stubborn or really greasy stains. If you are big on hygiene, you could organize measures by which you work with little water. Let’s discuss some of these water-conservative measures.
How to conserve camping water
- Get sinks that you can easily collapse back to their original sizes.
The more compact the sinks are, the better they are for camping purposes.
- Ensure that you get rid of all the food crumbs before dipping your plates into the sink
- If you’d be using water, you have to ensure that you do not work with soaps that would not degrade easily.
You wouldn’t want to pollute your camping sites as a result of your washing. So, make sure you check out whatever liquid soap you get before taking it along with you for camping.
- You also should ensure that you dispose off your washing fluid properly.
In a case where there are food crumbs within the water, ensure that you pour the water through a sieve. You can then pour the wet food crumbs down the trash bin.
Also, to avoid wasting water, ensure that you wash your dishes with warm water. That helps to get rid of the stains more efficiently than cold water.