I should have told y’all this before-I’m a bit of a princess.
(Anyone that reads this and knows me may have just snorted in laughter…someday we might meet and you can laugh then too).
Well I am-perhaps not in the beautiful, sparkly, and elegant way–but when it comes to bathing–I totally am. I really, really like to shower everyday. EVERYDAY. I just feel better when I’m same-day clean.
I also have a job that requires me to be dressed nicely and look clean every time I show up. Ya know, one of those things. 🙂
The above can be a bit of an issue since we have no running water.
What to do then?
We have used five options in the two years we have been without utilities:
- Don’t bathe.
- Bathe at someone else’s house.
- Get a gym membership.
- Bathe at work.
- Bathe at the shed out of a bowl.
Second option-bathing at someone else’s house. My brother lives in town and has a fabulous shower. He let’s us use it anytime we want-we even have a key. It’s wonderful, warm and private, but I certainly cannot invade his house everyday. He wouldn’t bat an eye (he’s just that awesome) but I don’t want to do that–it’s just not cool.
Third option-get a gym membership. We did this both for bathing purposes and working out. It’s a nice place-little pricey-but the hours (4am-10pm) are good, really even on the weekends (7-6pm & 12-6pm). Lots of hot water, a hot tub, and sorta private in a public place.
Fourth option-at my job. Where I work there are a couple of places to shower. Not a bad choice and I will use it I’m already there and need to bathe-but usually by the time I get there, I’ve already done all of that. Also, I do not want to go into work just to shower. Best part about this option is it’s totally free.
Number 5-bathe at the old homestead. We tank in water and store it in 5 gallon containers under the stairs. From there we can fill any bowl, pot, or container we need to use.
To bathe inside I fill my 1 gallon kettle up and heat it on the stove until it’s putting off some steam but not boiling. Boiling water and skin don’t mix.
I then pour hot water in a large metal bowl-like a bread bowl. Throw a towel on the floor to stand on and gather up shampoo, conditioner, soap, razor, washcloth, towel and cup.
(If it’s during the cold/cool season, a fire in the stove is nice to have going too.)
Then-get I naked and see how fast I can get clean. Washing hair is just like doing it in a sink. Washing the rest takes once with soap and then a rinse cycle. 😉
If it’s cold and either there’s no fire or there is one and I’m still cold-I can wash my body, get dressed and then wash my hair.
I can’t speak to shaving a face-but shaving legs comes down to sitting on a step or low stool with a bowl of hot water in front of me that at least one foot will fit in. I put a towel under the bowl because this is a bit messy and have one to dry off with. Then I shave away.
In the end I use about 2 gallons of water and it takes about 30 minutes. It’s a bit slower than jumping into a regular shower-but usually I have the extra 15 minutes to spare.
Is it as awesome as a regular shower? Nope. However, getting to be clean everyday-one way or another-makes the ends justify the means.