Washing dishes while camping

Regular crockery is a more environmentally friendly and cheaper option when spending time outdoors, however many people today prefer to use plates, cups and other disposable items because they are not sure how to wash their dishes while camping. Here are some tips and tricks that you might need on your next trip.

Choosing the right dishwashing liquid

Whether you are camping or alone in the middle of the forest, it is important to use an environmentally friendly dishwashing liquid such as Pro Nature from Pur. Like all Pur dishwashing liquids, Pro Nature is biodegradable and based on renewable raw materials.

Heating, washing, rinsing and drying

The best way to heat the rinse water is to pour it into the pan or pot in which the food was cooked after serving the food. This allows the water to heat up when you eat your meal, and the food on the bottom or on the sides of the pan will not dry out. When you are finished eating, pour hot water into a bucket of washing up liquid. You can also use a second bucket of cold water to rinse the dishes after washing them.

Accessories necessary for washing dishes while camping

First, think about what accessories you need to take with you. You will need: eco-friendly dishwashing liquid, two buckets or large bowls, and kitchen towels. Besides, you need to bring a washing-up brush, sponge or cloth to wash dirty dishes.

In addition, you will also need rubber gloves, a dish dryer, a strainer and tongs that will further facilitate the washing process.

Washing dishes while camping: step by step

Everything ready for washing dishes while camping? Here's what you need to know.

  1. Remove food debris from dishes.
  2. Heat the water on a camping stove or over the fire.
  3. Prepare two washing-up bowls (one with hot water and one with cold).
  4. Pour the dishwashing liquid into a bowl of hot water. We recommend using the biodegradable Pro Nature dishwashing liquid from the Pril range. 
  5. Wash the dishes in hot water, then rinse them in cold water.
  6. Dry the dishes on the dryer or with a towel.
  7. Dispose of used water away from the campsite.

Disposing of used water

For safety reasons, allow the water to cool a little before pouring it out. If you are camping, you will likely have access to a waste water disposal area or a sink intended for slop. If there is no such place, strain the liquid through a strainer and throw the food particles into the fire. Dirty water should be poured at least 60 meters from the campsite to ensure that small food particles remaining in the water do not attract animals to the campsite.

Are you going camping? Save money and use ordinary dishes. Washing dishes is not as difficult as you think. Just follow our tips.

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