How clean do you stay on the playa?

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How do you keep clean on the playa?

Au Naturale - nothing related to hygiene the whole week
I only use baby wipes every now and then
I need a shower every day, I can't stand the feeling of playa build up on my skin and hair! Yuck!
Does the water truck count?
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Re: How clean do you stay on the playa?

Postby mgb327 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:31 am

I took a camping shower enclosure and a solar water bag/container. Took 10 minutes to set up, max. Had a black plastic pan inside as a "basin". Took a shower everyday at around 5 pm. Didn't feel like I needed it, but it felt so nice out there in the heat. As soon as I put one foot outside of the "tent/enclosure", after the shower, I was immediatley covered in dust again. I will do the same this year. I love the dust patina, and never got to stinking at all. Wierd things hair is always a natural brown. It went completely grey at day 3 and stayed that way for at least a week after I got home....really odd. I took a lot of wipes, but ended up giving them away. I think the shower once a day is worth it, at least to me. Not so hard a burden to set up and take down, only extra weight might be the additional 10 gallons of water we used for the week.
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Re: How clean do you stay on the playa?

Postby Boijoy » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:56 pm

babywipes & garden sprayers . yes! I like to baby wipe when I get up & before I go to bed. I wash my feet before getting into my sleeping bag & usually just wear something over my hair. I shower every other day. & I used deodorant rather than anti-persperant because it washes off easily.
Mostly Im a clean freak re: my hands & wash them ALL the time.
don't forget to floss

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Re: How clean do you stay on the playa?

Postby bohemianish » Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:57 pm

I cleaned my feet twice a day. First a wet wipe, then a vinegar-soaked kerchief. Felt really good to slip clean feet into socks.

Wet wipes for my body each morning before putting on sunscreen.

Got my hair washed by a lovely camp on Wednesday.

That was it.

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Re: How clean do you stay on the playa?

Postby Candybox » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:11 pm

OMG. Showers this year.

In my previous years, I was good running around with baby wipes and probably borrowing a solar shower to shampoo my hair towards the end of the week. My hair starts turning into one giant dread after a few days, but oh well.

This year we arrived 5 days early entry, and spent all of those on the open playa getting exposed to the most constant of dust-storms. My hair was a giant, dread-y mess before Burning Man even started, and after awhile my fondest wish was simply to wash my hair.

Finally on the first Monday, I couldn't take it anymore—asking around for showers, waiting for camps to set theirs up, finding break time to do it. I ran into the catacombs of Anubis (the innards / basement of the structure) with a cup, a jug of water, and a bottle of Pert Plus and started cup washing my hair right then and there on top of the DG because it was all getting burnt anyways.

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Re: How clean do you stay on the playa?

Postby 666isMONEY » Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:58 am

I brought 6-gallons of water for bathing, I'd pour about a 3/4-gallon for the bath (in a dishpan) and 1/4-gallon for the rinse. First, wash face, second hair, add cream-rinse to hair and wash self, dump water around the entrance to the minivan (dried in an hour and left interesting patterns on the Playa), rinse hair in the 1/4-gallon and use the 1/4-gallon for wetting my wrap-dress to cool-off during the afternoon and to wash feet after walking on the Playa. If the water truck came by (it happened only once when I was there) I could save the 3/4-gallon and just do my hair or skip a day.

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