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
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7%
I only use baby wipes every now and then
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I need a shower every day, I can't stand the feeling of playa build up on my skin and hair! Yuck!
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39%
Does the water truck count?
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10%
 
Total votes : 100

Postby Sail Man » Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:00 pm

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A lil' tongue'll do ya.



:shock: Breathe Sail Man, Breathe damn you!!

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Postby Sail Man » Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:02 pm

ygmir wrote:I get in the shower, in my trailer, whenever the mood strikes me.


Well, it's safe to say that the mood hadn't struck you before the MnG :P


:lol:
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Postby Dr. Pyro » Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:52 pm

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walking away slowly
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Postby foofurr » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:43 am

When I first started attending I only came for the last 4 to 5 days. Baby wipe baths worked well for me. They still do. I didn't start feeling the need to shower in a real way until my trips extended to the whole week and beyond. This year my neighbors had a sweet shower set-up and generously let me use it. I used it once and it was just the pick-me-up I needed as I get sick every year on playa. Every stinking year. If I had an RV and the water capacity I'd probably shower more often out of convenience.

Even without the shower I don't feel dirty or gross. I maintain myself well and have a rather acute sense of smell. If I don't think I stink, then I don't. The same can not be said of others, seriously, how can you not smell yourself?

I'm also in the club of keeping hair tied, wrapped, and covered for the entire event. In fact I do it before I leave the house. My hair is long and fine. It tangles easily and I have an extremely sensitive scalp. Washing it or even brushing it on playa is just asking for pain and suffering. I made the mistake of not tying it up before hitting the playa and the hours of tears that followed will haunt me and my campmates forever.

I also take exceptionally good care of my feet. Twice a day, very thorough baby wipe cleaning and heavy lotion in every nook and cranny. Then air dry until I can put clean socks on. I have never had a problem with playafoot and it's a relaxing way to spend the hot part of the day.

Rule of thumb: If you're a stinky person off playa you will probably be a stink person on playa, plan accordingly.
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Postby C.f.M. » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:03 am

If I don't think I stink, then I don't.

That's a hippie line if I ever heard one.
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Postby ygmir » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:57 am

Sail Man wrote:
ygmir wrote:I get in the shower, in my trailer, whenever the mood strikes me.


Well, it's safe to say that the mood hadn't struck you before the MnG :P


:lol:


I warned you, not to put your head under my robe...........
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Postby Sham » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:10 am

ygmir wrote:
Sail Man wrote:
ygmir wrote:I get in the shower, in my trailer, whenever the mood strikes me.


Well, it's safe to say that the mood hadn't struck you before the MnG :P


:lol:


I warned you, not to put your head under my robe...........

Thank you for that amazing graphic image yag. That oughta set the tone for the day!
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Postby AntiM » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:11 am

I'm a dirty, dirty girl.
Some sunshine, some dust, a little paint and a tutu. Yeah.
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Postby C.f.M. » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:14 am

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Postby geospyder » Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:55 am

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...and then an actual shower mid-week.
You know it's going to be a bad day when you jump out of bed and miss the floor.
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Postby teardropper » Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:24 pm

I found at a hospital supply the kind of wipes they use on bed ridden patients. They are a little nappy and larger than baby wipes. I also take showers during the week. But the nappy wipes do a nice job. I have an ancient motorhome, but due to greywater tank size I am limited to two showers each for the two of us, and use a 2 1/2 gallon Sun Shower in the tub. I use a combo shampoo/conditioner and have plenty of water. It's nice to get the dust off, but within an hour, it's right back.
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Postby foofurr » Thu Jan 27, 2011 12:56 pm

If I don't think I stink, then I don't.

That's a hippie line if I ever heard one.


It's cool, you don't know me but I'm probably among the least hippiest hippies that attends BM. I once killed a man who tried to give me tofu and the smell of sage induces vomiting and rage in my person.
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Postby lucky420 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:01 pm

lol..

[/quote] If I don't think I stink, then I don't. The same can not be said of others, seriously, how can you not smell yourself?

I have always wondered that myself
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Postby foofurr » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:09 pm

Lucky 420: It does boggle the mind. When I sense an unpleasant change in my odor nothing will stop me from righting that wrong as soon as possible. Others, apparently, either don't feel the same or have a much less developed sense of smell. Perhaps they are used to it? Perhaps their body odor is their "art" and I shouldn't be so quick to stand upwind?
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Postby jella » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:21 pm

geospyder wrote:Image

...and then an actual shower mid-week.


Those are truly great, no drying baby wipe feeling. I mix it up with short showers every other day .
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Postby Sail Man » Thu Jan 27, 2011 1:30 pm

ygmir wrote:
Sail Man wrote:
ygmir wrote:I get in the shower, in my trailer, whenever the mood strikes me.


Well, it's safe to say that the mood hadn't struck you before the MnG :P


:lol:


I warned you, not to put your head under my robe...........


Ahh, and what did my wondrous eye's behold the masses wonder? No big thang :P
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Postby ygmir » Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:58 pm

Sail Man wrote:
ygmir wrote:
Sail Man wrote:
ygmir wrote:I get in the shower, in my trailer, whenever the mood strikes me.


Well, it's safe to say that the mood hadn't struck you before the MnG :P


:lol:


I warned you, not to put your head under my robe...........


Ahh, and what did my wondrous eye's behold the masses wonder? No big thang :P


well, yeah.......but I still couldn't understand what you were trying to say.
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Postby Elorrum » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:47 pm

It's dirty, but it's a DRY dirt. That means very little, it just popped into my mind.
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Postby teardropper » Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:57 pm

No, I think you're right E. I used to live in the Midwest and when it's hot, it's humid too, and you sweat till you're drenched. On the playa, I sweat, of course, but stay much drier.

The dust coating my body must act like talcum powder (it looks like it) and keep me dry.
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Postby Edana » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:26 pm

Baby wipes every day, then every 2 or 3 days I do a sponge bath using maybe 1 liter of water. I wash my hair with no rinse shampoo when I do the sponge baths.
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Postby Major Krash » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:31 pm

...if I could I would shower every day, but I manage with baby wipes every day (and the hands, feet and behind the ears washed before bed) and a shower every other day or so (our camp has a shower). I also swear by a good nasal saline douche every morning....
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Postby teardropper » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:42 pm

Major Krash wrote: I also swear by a good nasal saline douche every morning....


My partner uses a nettie pot. I think that's it. Is that what you're talking about?

I'm from the high desert, just a little higher in elevation than the playa. With just basic, normal hygiene I seem to get along fine. No real special attention, no ill affects. (I do drink a bit more water.) But I can understand how if you live on one of the coasts or in the humid Midwest it might be taxing.
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Postby Eric » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:43 pm

I'm a huge fan of the No Rinse products- I use their shampoo in my beard daily so it doesn't know (it's a long beard) and the "wash" on face, hands, bits & pits daily as well (I don't have issues with my feet on the playa, so I just wipe them down once or twice during the week).

Occasionally I'll take one shower during the week, but I don't really feel dirty until I see what washes off my body in Reno.
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Postby Elderberry » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:04 pm

Nice hot shower every night.

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Postby Major Krash » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:12 pm

teardropper wrote:
Major Krash wrote: I also swear by a good nasal saline douche every morning....


My partner uses a nettie pot. I think that's it. Is that what you're talking about?


No (although the same effect) - I buy a small bottle at the drugstore called "nasal saline". A few squirts, blow into kleenex (then that goes into daily burn bag). Prevents the bleeding and crusties I usually get by week's end otherwise.
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Postby Super Evil Brian » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:43 am

drucake wrote:baby wipes are my best friend. my hair was fucked by the end of the week. im doing what antim does next time i go for sure. keep hair up, pinned and covered.


I plan to stock up with baby wipes and the no-rinse stuff.

I half way live in Austin and San Antonio, which has nothing to do with the thread, but is more of a "hi dee ho" to Drucake.

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Postby Super Evil Brian » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:48 am

teardropper wrote:I found at a hospital supply the kind of wipes they use on bed ridden patients. They are a little nappy and larger than baby wipes. I also take showers during the week. But the nappy wipes do a nice job. I have an ancient motorhome, but due to greywater tank size I am limited to two showers each for the two of us, and use a 2 1/2 gallon Sun Shower in the tub. I use a combo shampoo/conditioner and have plenty of water. It's nice to get the dust off, but within an hour, it's right back.


Somehow it seems easier to remove one gnarly layer of dust at the end than try to be Martha Stewart and June Cleaver. Besides, I imagine everyone and everything is covered in the same dust at the same time.

I guess I'll have it all figured out by the end of the week.
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Postby gyre » Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:14 pm

foofurr wrote:Lucky 420: It does boggle the mind. When I sense an unpleasant change in my odor nothing will stop me from righting that wrong as soon as possible. Others, apparently, either don't feel the same or have a much less developed sense of smell. Perhaps they are used to it? Perhaps their body odor is their "art" and I shouldn't be so quick to stand upwind?

Developed sense of smell?
Seriously?

I bet everyone feels the same about your smell.
Everyone has a very different smell.

Spoiled clothes are a different thing, especially synthetics.
They seem to go bad instantly.

Nothing is better than a hot shower out there.
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Postby Trishntek » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:51 pm

Wasn't it George Carlin who said, "Teeth, pits, crotch and asshole,,," is all you need to wash regularly. We use primarily baby wipes daily. Trish and I wash each other's feet just before bed and do the same thing we did for so many others all day,,,,, aloe vera soak and cocoa butter lotion on the feet. We also have an evaporation pond with a solar shower I used every other day. Most in camp were too shy to use it. I think it is the ultimate of intimate hygiene to publicly shower.

Playa dust is kind of a talc which really seems to inhibit stench of the stinky bits.
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Postby C.f.M. » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:14 am

I guess I'll have it all figured out by the end of the week.

A-ha ha ha ha...just in time to leave.

Death Guild has public showers, if you know where to look - and there's the DPW pool out by the trash fence. Location's announced closer to date of play.

Oh! And of COURSE you can run behind the water trucks! They just spray water heedlessly everywhere, start jogging now and you'll be clean all week.

I try to keep clean because sunscreen on playa dust, as opposed to skin, doesn't work as well and I am one fair-skinned cracker.

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