How To Wash Dishes When Camping

​Needless to say, you will have to carry along with you some dishes as you go out camping. These dishes will definitely require some washing especially if you plan to stay in the campsite for a longer duration of time.

​It is only logical hence to know how to keep them clean. And we are here to help you out in this. We are going to discuss the steps you ought to take to cleanse your dishes in a campsite.

Tools and Materials Required

​You will require the following tools and materials to do this job well:

  • ​Soap
  • Washing basin
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Rack
  • Piece of cloth

Step-By-Step Procedures

​You now have to adhere to the following procedures to actualize the job:

Step I: Fill the washing basin with hot water

Fill the washing basin with hot water. The aim is to let the warm water melt away all the grease and kill all the germs. Campsites are ordinarily prone to all kinds of dirt and germs. It is only wise to have all these issues eliminated completely to ward off any hygiene-related issues.

​Around 30 minutes would be advisable to get rid of all germs. If you have a powdery washing detergent, this is the time to incorporate it in the washing process.

​Step II: Soak the camping pots and pans separately

Owing to their large sizes and the correspondingly larger amounts of dirt, you are advised to soak the pots and pans separately. Depending on their precise sizes, you might require a larger basin and extra powerful detergents. This is not to mention that you will also have to soak them for a longer duration of time. For their case, an hour will most likely be necessary.

Step III: Apply the washing soap on the washing sponge

​Now move on to apply some washing soap on a sponge. The exact amount of soap depends on the size of the utensils, camping bowl, or pots as well as the intensity of the dirt. It goes without saying that you will require more soap to wash the pots and pans as they are ordinarily larger in size and hence more prone to the issue of dirt and debris.

​Step IV: Scrub the utensils

Go ahead now to scrub the utensils, camping plates and bowls thoroughly. This is the most important step of the entire process. Therefore give it your very best. Apply as much force as you probably can. Pay particular attention to those areas that have stronger dirt as they require a lot of impacts to completely rid of.

​As a general rule, it is better to start off with the plates, mug, spoon, knife, fork, cups, and dishes, before proceeding to the pots and cooking pans. You may have to make several passes for better outcomes.

Step V: Rinse them thoroughly

After you are done with scrubbing the utensils, rinse them thoroughly. For best results, you may have to rinse them three times in a row. Start with a basin of clean water and then empty the basin after the first round of rinse.

​Proceed to fill the basin with some clean water again and repeat the entire process a second and a third time. Inspect the utensils one last time to see to it that there is no trace of detergent left. You do not want to compromise your health later, do you?

Step VI: Dry the dishes

After you are satisfied that the utensils are completely clean and devoid of any trace of detergent, go ahead to dry them. Use a dry piece of clean cloth to get rid of the moisture contents. Alternatively, if there is abundant sunshine outside, arrange the utensils neatly on the rack and leave to dry.

​If you opt for the latter, take great care that no dust is deposited onto the utensils by the strong winds that ordinarily blow around the campsite area. You might be forced to repeat the entire process of cleaning the utensils from scratch a second time.

Step VII: Store the dishes

Lastly, store the dishes appropriately. Storage of the dishes is just as important as cleaning them altogether. This is because poor storage may yet again predispose the utensils to dirt and other contaminants.

By far the best way to store them is to place them in a cabinet and then place them inside a tent. Seal the cabinet tightly to prevent any unauthorized access especially by unsuspecting persons. Limit the reach and access of the cabinet as well.

​Step VIII: Clear the dish washing area

Lastly, you have to clear the dish washing area. Rid the area of any debris, clutter and other contaminants that may jeopardize the state of the area on the whole. Use some twigs to get rid of all the dirt and other leftovers.

You might also want to spread some soil around the area to completely seal it from the outside forces and potential contaminants. On the same note, you also have to store all the washing materials and equipment safely till they are needed next.

​Final Verdict

​Yes, cleaning utensils are not so daunting a task. You only need to acquire the right gears and follow the procedures above to the latter. However, you will have to pay keen attention to your hygiene as the outdoor environments are ordinarily prone to all kinds of contaminations. In particular, take care of the dust by making every effort to prevent your dishes from getting contaminated with the ambient wind.

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Daniel Sturm

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