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How is hygiene possible with ocean water only?

Early this year I crewed on a yacht that was crossing the Atlantic and all of the crew were doing this for the first time. For our leg from Lanzarote to St Lucia we had 1,000 liters of fresh water in ...
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How can I clean teeth in the backcountry?

Those are some of the problems I have encountered and solutions which have worked for me. P: Water is scarce. S: Brush, spit (profusely), rinse, spit, rinse, spit. This amounts to only 2 small gulps ...
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How do I disinfect my wool hiking socks?

Simply throwing them in the wash should suffice, but if you want to be extra sure the fungus dies, you could soak your socks in a 1 part bleach to 10 parts water mixture for ten minutes. Keep in mind ...
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How can I make sure there are no more ticks around?

You can't. All you can do is throughly inspect yourself or have someone check you over to see if they can find any. But there's nothing you can do to ensure there aren't anymore around, you can only ...
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How can I make sure there are no more ticks around?

Sauna. And not that joke-of-a-sauna but a real Scandinavian sauna with 80°C / 176°F. One thing with ticks is that they can take an enormous amount of beating and other forms of killing attempts but ...
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Is wringing laundry the essential mechanism of cleaning them?

The fundamental action of removing the dirt from the clothes and getting it into the water is not wringing. It is agitation and time. The chemical boost of the detergent or soap means you will need ...
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How do I disinfect my wool hiking socks?

(Late answer here.) A scholarly report discusses fungus and laundry Several years ago, a scholarly report was published. The report's "Appendix A" discusses, among other things, how you should do ...
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How can I clean teeth in the backcountry?

My go-to solution for backpacking teeth brushing is to use baking soda. It is: odor-free, so you don’t have to worry about treating it as a smellable extremely light, as it is a powder does actually ...
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Is wringing laundry the essential mechanism of cleaning them?

Kate Gregory summed it up well, I'll add this answer here with my favourite method to wash things while out in nature: the brook washing machine. Find a small brook / rivulet with clean water and ...
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Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?

I would highly recommend a menstrual cup. That's what I use while camping and hiking as they're light easy to carry and generate little-to-no trash. You can simply pour out and bury the blood rather ...
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Where can I find public water tap for cleaning/bathing in the Netherlands?

There is a website which has a map listing all public fountains, some examples of how the fountains look can be found here. But most Dutch people tend to be friendly, so if you ask them if you can "...
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How is hygiene possible with ocean water only?

Castile soap, which is 100% biodegradable, is made from coconut oil. It works great in ocean water. One of the original brands is Kirk's. We used it in the BVI's and the women on board were very happy ...
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How can I clean teeth in the backcountry?

I'd take a toothbrush (cut the handle down for easier packing if space is tight) and a small tube of toothpaste, to be used sparingly, about half as much as at home. You can also brush your teeth ...
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How to deal with diarrhea when using a cathole in the wilderness?

BTDT I think, but I don't remember ever having a 'problem'. As a guy who camps and also gets to use squatty potties once in a while, here's my advice: First, ditch the shorts/pants it'll be much more ...
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What are important components of a camp kitchen?

A good car camping kitchen, in my mind, mimics a home kitchen. Propane stove(s) with a total of 2-4 burners (maybe 6 if it is a big group) Propane oven or grill (either propane or charcoal) depending ...
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How can I clean teeth in the backcountry?

In desert areas spitting toothpaste is frowned upon and water may be scarce. I've used this method. brush using minimal toothpaste or other substance floss swallow Pack out the used floss.
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What water is fit for cleaning hands & gear during a visit to the Great Outdoors?

In this post: How to clean cookware? which focuses more on equipment for cleaning (soap, sponge, sand, that sort of thing), one answer is directly related to this question (emphasis added): ...
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How do you get rid of Itching sole?

Try benadryl cream. If it stops the itch then you know it's a reaction with the shoe insole and you'll just need to replace the insole. If that doesn't work, try soaking your feet in a hot salt bath ...
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How do I disinfect my wool hiking socks?

Going along the "homebrew supply" route, peracetic acid AKA PAA/peroxyacetic acid is a reasonably safe and very effective sanitizer. It's used in hospitals and by veterinarians, as well as in the ...
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Handling feminine hygiene on multiple-month treks?

As others have already mentioned, a menstrual cup is perfect for traveling, and in your case, trekking. Less to carry around - you only need ONE menstrual cup If you don't have access to water there ...
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What are some alternatives to drilling holes in a toothbrush?

Toothbrush design and materials have come a long way. Early forms of the toothbrush have existed for nearly 5000 years. Ancient civilizations used a “chew stick,” a thin twig with a frayed end. The ...
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How can I make sure there are no more ticks around?

In addition to ShemSegers and Jani-Hyytiäinens answer, I'd like to add that because of their ability of survival just throwing them into the bin might indeed enable them to creep out again (depends on ...
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Must people shower after swimming in a lake?

That is really going to depend on the lake in question. Generally, the smaller and more urban the lake, the more polluted it might be. There's a wide variety of lakes where I live (in BC, Canada). ...
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Is wringing laundry the essential mechanism of cleaning them?

The soap/detergent doesn't neutralize the grime and so on, it makes it easier to break up, break free, and detach from the clothes to suspend in the water. The wringing, agitation, and scrubbing, etc.,...
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What size dry bag is best for keeping and washing clothes?

I use a 20L dry sack for washing clothes. This has no issues at all and it stores clothes well if it's dried compleatly even in wet rainy hiking and camping situations. I put a tiny rubber spiky ball ...
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What are some toilet paper alternatives you could use in the woods?

You can carry an empty water bottle for this purpose, fill it up in some stream when you know you have to go in a while and wash up like in many Asian countries. I wouldn't recommend doing it in the ...
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Using Lanolin for Merino Clothes

Do you mean washing with lanolin-containing wool detergent, or just chucking in some of your lanolin you use on your baby's stuff? If the latter, I think it may be hard determining the correct amount. ...
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