Relax your standards
It’s tricky to get dishes as clean as they would be at home. At camp, pretty good can be good enough.
For example, let your coffee mug do double duty as your oatmeal bowl. The more dishes you use for dual duty, the fewer you’ll have to wash.
Warm some water beforehand
Before you eat, fill a big pot with water and heat it. If you have a fire going, put it over the fire – warming water on a camping stove burns a lot of fuel. By the time you finish eating, you’ll have nice warm water to work with.
Start with a quick wipe
Go over greasy pans and plates with paper towels before washing so the water doesn’t get too dirty, too fast.
Go easy on the soap
Put just a couple of drops of biodegradable soap into a heated pot of water. Wash dishes in this, leaving the dirtiest ones for last.
If you have another container of warm or hot water for this, great. Otherwise, deputize someone to take piles of soapy dishes to the cold water tap for a quick rinse.
Dry before putting away
Deputize someone else to dry off the rinsed dishes before putting them back in their bin.
How to wash dishes at a campsite
Follow 7 simple steps to minimize the time you and your family spend on dishes.
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