Clean & Green: Using Biodegradable Soap for Your Next Camping Trip
Keeping yourself clean while camping can be tough, but doing it in an eco-friendly way might seem like an added challenge. It doesn’t have to be.
Staying Clean with This Eco-Friendly Practice
The essence of camping is that rough, unluxurious lifestyle you get to live for as long as the trip lasts, where you feel completely in touch with nature. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but those who like it, love it.
Recently, we’ve seen how being “eco-friendly” has become a popular topic, possibly because we’ve realized our resources won’t last forever if we don’t actually take care of them. So, when you think of ways to immerse yourself in nature without impacting the environment, there are various tips and alternatives you could follow. One of the biggest issues when camping is keeping yourself clean. Biodegradable soup is a great option that can help you do that without causing as much damage as regular soap.
Why Normal Soap Doesn’t Cut It
Regular soap is made up of a variety of ingredients including phosphate, triclosan, surfactants and others, that are toxic to the soil and water. They can even destroy animals and other plant life. If you want to minimize the impact on the environment, then avoid carrying this kind of soap with you.
Biodegradable Soap Is…
The great thing about biodegradable products is that bacteria will break them down naturally and won’t cause pollution in the water and soil. Although this is great news, when you use biodegradable soap, you still want to make sure you use it at least 200 feet away from water sources, like rivers, lakes, streams and the ocean. If you want to take things a step further, go ahead and dig a hole where you’ll use the soap and then bury the wastewater, so that it gets in touch with the bacteria from the soil. This will make it easier for it to break down the residues.
5 Tips to Stay Clean While Camping
We can all agree that keeping clean while camping is a tough task. You’re outdoors and you don’t exactly have everything you need handy to keep your personal hygiene in check. So, what can you do? These tips can make this easier for you:
- Make sure you pack your dental hygiene essentials.
- Always wash your hands before eating and after going to the bathroom.
- Take improvised “baths” with some water and your biodegradable soap wrapped in a bandana to scrub your body. Don’t neglect any area of your body. Towel off with a microfiber towel, which absorbs more water and dries quicker.
- Dip your feet in the water (any water source that is available) to get rid of the bacteria you might be carrying.
- Pack enough clothes so you can change into something clean.
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