There's no way to avoid getting dirty when you go camping. Between making a campfire, going morel mushroom hunting, and all the dirt and dust that lingers in the air in most campgrounds, dirt will find its way onto you. But that doesn't mean you have to live with dirty hands until you go home! Make one of these DIY outdoor hand washing stations for your next trip so you can eat your Campfire Cones with clean, germ-free hands!
What you’ll need:
- Empty laundry soap container with spigot (or other type of jug with spigot)
- Dollar store paper towel holder
- Paper towels
- Hand soap
- Bungee cords or rope
Rinse out the laundry soap container until the water is clean and has no soap left in it. Once it is completely cleaned out, fill it up with water.
Place the dollar store paper towel holder on top of the empty laundry soap container and use your rope or bungee cords to attach it.
Done! You now have a hand washing station you can take anywhere. Just pop your paper towel in the holder and put some soap next to it!
For an even simpler version, here is one you can make pretty quickly and possibly even at your campsite:
What you need:
- Empty milk jug or something similar, washed out
- 2 golf tees
- Rope or bungee cords
Poke two small holes in the side of the jug near the bottom of the side around 2-3” apart. Make sure they are a little smaller than the golf tees.
Push the tees into the holes to plug them
Fill with water and hang in a tree in the sun using the bungee cords or rope.
Hang your soap next to it. When you need water, just pull out a tee and a stream of warm water will flow from it!
Remember to use all-natural soap with these stations so you're kind to the environment, and pick up any dropped paper towel! If you can’t find natural soap, place a bucket under your station to catch the dirty water and then dispose of it properly later. Also, consider collecting rainwater to use in your hand washing station using these tips. Your hands are now clean enough you could even pick blueberries and eat them right off the bush!
If you'd rather buy one that's already assembled, check out this Cambro Hand Washing Station that has a built-in paper towel dispenser! You just pop in a 2.5 or 5 gallon container and you’re all set!
Have you made a DIY hand washing station before? How do you deal with dirty hands when camping? Tell us in the comments!