Until recently, my coworkers had no idea that I don't have running water. Building a house is dirty and sweaty work, no doubt, so how do I maintain my personal hygiene and day-to-day without running water? Read on to learn how.
First, I have several 5-gallon water containers that I fill regularly at the local gas station. The folks there are very friendly and since I fill up my gas tank at their station regularly, they don't mind me filling up my containers. I just throw my empty containers in my car each morning and fill them up on the way home from work.
Comfort Bath and Assurance brand. Assurance is a little less expensive for a lot more washcloths, but Comfort Bath are thicker and go a little further. Either brand is highly effective. I have heard of folks trying baby wipes, but they just don't do the same in the removing dirt and stink.
|This is how I wash dishes.|
Washing clothes is the same thing. I use a three-tub system. One for soapy water, one for the first rinse, and a third for a final rinse with a touch of fabric softener. I use a rapid washer to swish the clothes and move the soap through the fibers. Again, I use a biodegradable soap so that I can recycle the water in the garden. After wringing the clothes out gently, I hang them on the line to drip and then let the wind dry them. Simple. You may be surprised to discover that clothes hung properly on the line require very little ironing. I never show up at work looking dirty or disheveled.
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Don't get me wrong, I am excited to have running water (hopefully by the holidays this year), but I know I can make due just fine without it. We are a spoiled country with our ability to turn on a faucet and have nice clean wire magically appear. With the flush of a toilet we don't give our waste a second thought. Nothing will make you appreciate the modern conveniences of life like not having them at your fingertips! However I think you would find that if you too had to make due, you could, just as I have.