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Old 03-11-2016, 09:11 PM   #15
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I bought a round, plastic bowl at WalMart and use it as a dishpan in the sink, then a drying mat on the counter.


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Ditto on this method. I looked in vain for a round wash basin. Showing my age.

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Old 03-20-2016, 11:36 AM   #16
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A young Swedish woman once told me that their system was to put a small amount of soapy water in a small container (like a bowl,) and then dunk a long-handled dish brush into it for dish-washing, while a larger sink or container is used for rinsing.

This low-water system works well for boondocking where there's no immediate water supply, also. Even better is to wipe off the dirty plates with something like a Lysol wipe.
I definitely would not recommend wiping dishes with Lysol wipes. Those very strong anti-bacterial chemicals aren't meant to be ingested (they leave a film when dry).

I've been contemplating whether I want to go with disposable paper plates and cups etc vs using water and soap for normal dishes.

Both have their pro's and cons of course.


Dishes Pro's:
1. Unless you break them, they should last forever.
2. No recurring costs besides soap.
3. No extra trash (besides food scraps).

Dishes Con's:
1. Must manually clean every piece after use.
2. No Dishwasher machine in Airstream
3. Heavy water use. Decreases boondock capability.


Paper dishware Pro's:
1. No cleaning, just toss in trash.
2. Much less water use.
3. Less time investment dealing with cleaning dishes.


Paper dishware Con's:
1. Recurring purchase cost.
2. Larger storage volume due to consumable nature.
3. More trash.
4. You still have to clean cutlery, pots and pans with water/soap.
5. You physically have to go out and replenish stock (can be done when grocery shopping).
6. Isn't as nice or sturdy as proper dishes.


I think I may have to settle on having disposable for boondocking, and regular dishware for travel camps. Any thoughts?
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:44 AM   #17
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Paper dishware Pro's:
1. No cleaning, just toss in trash. toss in campfire
2. Much less water use.
3. Less time investment dealing with cleaning dishes.


We wipe, save in bag - use as kindling along with toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and saved dryer lint.

depending what was on the paper plate, we might actually re-use it. For instance.. sandwiches? Wipe and re-use that night.
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Old 03-21-2016, 05:28 PM   #18
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Plasma 800 you made me laugh.

For a moment I thought you were saving the stuff you wiped off a plate for eating later. Read it a few more times and got it. The plate, when wiped clean can be used for later.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:42 PM   #19
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For a moment I thought you were saving the stuff you wiped off a plate for eating later.
That could happen, too. Leftovers, doggy bag, call it what you will.

One thing I do with paper plates is thisó whenever anything goes in my microwave (at home or in my Airstream), the real plate (cup, bowl, whatever) goes on a sturdy Chinet paper plate of a larger diameter. Not only does it make boil-over spills easier to clean up, but it gives me something to grab that isn't hot when I'm reaching in for my heated food. Those paper plates can be reused until they do catch a spill, and only then do they get discarded.
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Somewhere on these forums I read a recommendation to keep a refillable spray bottle of Dawn and water to spray the dishes wipe and rinse. We've done this a while and it seems to work well.
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:27 PM   #21
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We have a double sink which one side always has the sink cover on it so we typically just wash in one sink.

Scape off food scraps into garbage.
Wipe of plates with paper towel
Fill the sink with an inch or two of soapy water.
Stack the plates, normally only 2, in the soapy water.
Use a sponge wand to clean plate.
Rinse plate from sink sprayer for a few seconds
Dry and store
Repeat for other dish
Wipe out fry pan with paper towel
Use left over dish water in sink to clean off pan.
Rinse under spray faucet
Dry and store
Repeat for pots used to steam veggies. I usually drain the water into the soapy sink, scrub with sponge wand, rinse with spray, dry and store.

I've measured where 1 gallon of water comes up in my sink so I can usually wash the dishes with 1 gallon or less of water.

Using paper plates cuts down on dish washing.

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Although we have the one huge round sink, this is exactly the system we use.

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Somewhere on these forums I read a recommendation to keep a refillable spray bottle of Dawn and water to spray the dishes wipe and rinse. We've done this a while and it seems to work well.
Ooooo, that's a good idea!
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Check out this small pan and strainer from Ikea.
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f295...te-138781.html
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Old 03-22-2016, 05:51 AM   #23
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Somewhere on these forums I read a recommendation to keep a refillable spray bottle of Dawn and water to spray the dishes wipe and rinse. We've done this a while and it seems to work well.
That is a really good tip for boondocking.


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I definitely would not recommend wiping dishes with Lysol wipes. Those very strong anti-bacterial chemicals aren't meant to be ingested (they leave a film when dry).

I've been contemplating whether I want to go with disposable paper plates and cups etc vs using water and soap for normal dishes.

Both have their pro's and cons of course.


Dishes Pro's:
1. Unless you break them, they should last forever.
2. No recurring costs besides soap.
3. No extra trash (besides food scraps).

Dishes Con's:
1. Must manually clean every piece after use.
2. No Dishwasher machine in Airstream
3. Heavy water use. Decreases boondock capability.


Paper dishware Pro's:
1. No cleaning, just toss in trash.
2. Much less water use.
3. Less time investment dealing with cleaning dishes.


Paper dishware Con's:
1. Recurring purchase cost.
2. Larger storage volume due to consumable nature.
3. More trash.
4. You still have to clean cutlery, pots and pans with water/soap.
5. You physically have to go out and replenish stock (can be done when grocery shopping).
6. Isn't as nice or sturdy as proper dishes.


I think I may have to settle on having disposable for boondocking, and regular dishware for travel camps. Any thoughts?
Um, er-- actually, we rinse off the Lysol in hot water, and then normally we wash the dishes in hot soapy water, with or without our water conservation method. The wipes are to remove the major particles on the dishes, vs. doing a water-consuming pre-wash rinse.

We use permanent non-breakable dishes except occasionally when we stop for a picnic-type lunch during an all-day drive, or we're serving more people than we have dishes on board.
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Would suggest a week or two backpacking for getting the point of less is more. You do not need to nuke all bacteria. The sun, wind, and dry weather works wonders. For the rest, your immune system is a great invention. To avoid filling up the gray water tank, just use the salad bowl and then water the plants. Paper plates are great fire starters, and paper towels as well.
We do boondocking for 5-6 days without issues using simple principles.


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We wipe, save in bag - use as kindling along with toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and saved dryer lint.

Depending what was on the paper plate, we might actually re-use it.

For instance.. sandwiches? Wipe and re-use that night.
Hi, sometimes using our paper plate for Dusty's next meal works great. Has that people food smell, but no people food.
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Hi, we have the double sinks. We keep a plastic tub in one of them and a dish rack in the other. Wash the dishes in the tub, rinse them in the rack. Dump dish water down toilet. [make sure there are no forks in the tub when you dump it]

I have also put a towel on the stove top cover and let the dishes dry there.
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