Bring a scrubby sponge and do your dishes in this order: cups, plates, utensils, pots and pans. NEVER put knives into the wash bucket and leave them. Whoever is washing should pick up each knife and wash it individually, then rinse and sanitize, so no one gets sliced accidentally!
If you have a dish drainer, you can use that for air drying, or have someone towel dry and put away as you wash.
When you are all finished, dispose of your wash water correctly. Pour it down a drain, if there is one provided. Or strain the water through a strainer to get any food particles, then scatter the water at least 200 feet from any water source. Put any food particles you caught in the strainer, into the container you scraped your dishes into at the beginning, and dispose of that container appropriately.
Source: 40+ years of Girl Scouts, plus general Leave No Trace guidelines.
By Eileen from Elk Grove, CA
Source: Mom and Dad did this when we went camping.
By Grammy24 from Beavercreek, OH
While we use paper plates, etc. there are still pots and cooking utensils to wash. While cooking, we put on a large pot of water to heat up. By the time the meal is over, we have a nice boiling pot of water to wash dishes with. We have two small plastic dish tubs we use, one for washing and one to rinse in.
We like to have the water as hot as we can comfortably stand to wash the dishes in and may have to add a little cool water to the hot water to get it to that state. Then we add the utensils to soak for a bit and wash up as usual and then rinse in warm water in the other tub. I like to use water as hot as possible for greasy dishes/utensils. We drain the rinsed dishes on a towel and dry and put away in our tub just for cooking.
By HerkDia from Baltimore, MD
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By Diane from New Port Richey, FL