This past weekend, my family went camping. Always an adventure. And I'm totally cool with getting grubby in the woods. Well, except when there's public outhouses involved, then handwashing is a must. Enter my latest reuse: the camping handwashing station!
I can't take the credit for this idea -- I got it from the June/July 2010 issue of Family Fun. All you need to make this is a gallon-size jug (I used an empty vinegar one), a couple golf tees, and a bungee cord or two. Simply poke two holes in the bottom half of the jug. The magazine suggested using a nail to make the holes; my husband just poked it really hard with the golf tees. One you've made the holes and have used the golf tees to plug it up, fill with water and hang it with a bungee cord from the nearest tree, along with some soap.
This costs almost nothing to make -- I only had to buy a bag of golf tees (the smallest bag I could get had 500 tees in it, but it still only cost a couple bucks). There are no golfers in my house. I've got 498 tees. If you need a couple, let me know. I'll slip some in an envelope and send them your way!
But here's what's so great about this station: when you hang the water-filled jug in a sunny location, you get warm water! It almost feels like a luxury to have warm water when you're camping. We used this little washing station a bunch -- to wash our hands after using the stinky outhouses, before we ate, and even for brushing teeth. It was awesome. I don't think we'll ever go camping again without our washing station tied to the nearest tree.