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How to minimize water use - DanielP - 03-16-2019

When I was in the scouts, we learned how to wash dishes with dirt first, then rinse with water to save on water when backpacking. 
Since I plan on being limited on water when boondocking, I wonder what tips/practices/habits people have to minimum water use.  We take water for granted when living with running water,  and Ive started thinking about how should I do things differently with only 6 gallon water containers on board.  I have not seen any tips on this on any RV sources aside from personal hygiene. 
Thank You,
Dan


RE: How to minimize water use - maki2 - 03-16-2019

Bob has a good video on youtube about how to wash dishes using minimal water.


RE: How to minimize water use - becida - 03-16-2019

When your water is in gallon jugs you notice when you empty one and grab another.  That leads to watching it...
I was using 3 of them a day....


RE: How to minimize water use - becida - 03-16-2019

When your water is in gallon jugs you notice when you empty one and grab another. I was using 3 of them a day....


RE: How to minimize water use - B and C - 03-16-2019

All pots, dishes, etc get wiped with paper towels first before stuff gets dried on. I use 90%+ alcohol to finish cleaning. Others like to use vinegar.


RE: How to minimize water use - ckelly78z - 03-17-2019

Just don't cut down on the amount of water that you drink everyday, dehydration is a killer.

Take a look at some of the flat/oddly shaped water containers/bags that might fit into spaces you wouldn't normally store anything. Learn how to conserve, but take more with you so there aren't any future issues.


RE: How to minimize water use - GypsyJan - 03-17-2019

I use vinegar in a spray bottle and wipe everything with that and paper towels.


How to minimize water use - AMGS3 - 03-17-2019

The 'Waterless hand cleaners' thread has good advice on diff ways to keep your hands clean while using less water.

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RE: How to minimize water use - Spaceman Spiff - 03-17-2019

+1 on water in gallon jugs; easier to handle and more obvious on the amount of water used.  When in saving mode, I use ~ 1 gallon per day for me and the beagle.

For dishes: beagle prewash, spray with vinegar/water or bleach/water mix, wipe dry.  If you are so unlucky as to not have a beagle a paper towel wipe works almost as well.

Silverware goes into a Nalgene bottle with vinegar/water mix and taken out and wiped when needed.  I change about once a week; uses about a quart.

I can shower with 2 liters of water in a sunshower.  It is a learned skill.

A pressure cooker will allow you to cook with minimal water loss.


RE: How to minimize water use - RVTravel - 03-17-2019

Minimize cooking and only eat out of 600 ml cup. Clean up is a few ml of water. That wont work for most but is my way.