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I try to take a bucket shower at least a few times a week so I don't waste a bunch if water/ needlessly run my well pump, but I find it hard to rinse off unless I'm holding the bucket over my head and pouring it. I wish I had a ladle that I could use. Does anybody have a solution for this?

My bucket shower procedure goes like this

-turn on shower and get wet (very cold)
-divert water to tub spout (bucket fills with warm water)
-soap up as fast as possible
-try to turn water off before bucket fills
-rinse body parts in sections
-do a final dump over my head
-get out

The rinsing involves a LOT OF splashing and isn't super effective.
 
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How about a milk jug with the top opening enlarged to scoop up water, and a bunch of small holes punched in the bottom? You could scoop up a half gallon or so at a time and hold the jug above your head while the water falls out the holes like a shower head.
 
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Will - when I did a week of survival training I took a shower on the last day, using a bag with a shower head arrangement. I used 1 bucket worth of water, heated over the fire, and was able to get thoroughly washed (including hair twice). Reducing the flow rate of your shower head might help you do the same, without involving complicated bucket contortions.

I should add that that before that shower I was the stinkiest and dirtiest I have been in my life... wood smoke, one week of sweat, catching cleaning and cooking fish and rabbit... all with minimal opportunities to get a proper wash due to limited water. I still managed to get clean!
 
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All of Asia has been using buckets for their showers forever. We use what is called a "jug" here, a plastic mug-shaped thing that holds about 1 litre / 1 quart.
Dead easy, and you can easily wet down, soap up, rinse off, resoap a small area and rinse that too -- with a single bucket of water.


Search Google images for "Indian bucket shower"
 
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Rebecca, that looks/ sounds perfect. I find the bucket shower quite refreshing, but hard to rinse soap out of armpits/butt with splashing alone.
 
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Michael Cox wrote:Will - when I did a week of survival training I took a shower on the last day, using a bag with a shower head arrangement.



Yup. I have a hook over the bathtub that I've used one of the cheap solar shower bags on when the power was out. Heat some water over the propane stove, mix with cold to get a gallon or two in the bag, and shower away. A gallon is plenty pretty much every time, but some reserve is nice in case you want to re-wash hair or shave with it too. It holds 5 gallons, which should be more than enough for 3-4 people to get clean if you're actually heating it with sunlight.
 
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What about a shower head attached to the bucket. Just install a hook in the ceiling to hang said bucket? I wouldnt recommend using a standard shower head, but imagination can womder here. Maybe a watering can sprinkler screwed on to the end of a pipe. There is no pressure involved, so it could be dry fitted, and be able to rotate, and no need for noxious glues.

 
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So happy to find normal people that do things like take bucket showers I just set aside a drinking water cup for rinsing use.
 
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Who said anything about normal??
 
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I meant you're normal BECAUSE you take bucket showers! That's what normal people do.
 
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chad Christopher wrote:What about a shower head attached to the bucket. Just install a hook in the ceiling to hang said bucket? I wouldnt recommend using a standard shower head, but imagination can womder here. Maybe a watering can sprinkler screwed on to the end of a pipe. There is no pressure involved, so it could be dry fitted, and be able to rotate, and no need for noxious glues.



Under $9 shipped if you have a Prime account, and it can be rolled up into a small bag when you're not using it.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VNITQS/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1

Only thing is that the shower head likes to pop out sometimes. A small hose clamp will fix that easily though.
 
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