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Old 03-23-2015   #1
 
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Dishes In The Desert

Just wondering how all you desert folks do dishes. I have an upcoming trip in southern utah I'm planning and was wondering how you get dishes clean while using the brown muddy river water of desert country. Do you have to let it settle in a bucket and wait forever to do dishes? I'm thinking about all paper plates just to make things easy but still have to do some cleaning of cookware. Sorry, maybe a stupid question but i'm used to the gin clear waters of Idaho and Montana where this is a non-issue.

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A lil' silt ain't never hurt nobody.
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Settle in 2 big buckets with alum as soon as you get to camp. Pour gently into a big stock pot or steel bucket and warm on the blaster - no need to boil if you use bleach. Pour into 3 dish bins / bus tubs organized (downstream) by: rinse, soap, bleach/rinse. Save enough warm water for a second round and for cleaning up the kitchen. Bring a big strainer and strain all 3 bins to keep food scraps out of the river and to catch the utensils that get missed. Dish drying attachments for your tables are very nice to have too.
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plus one for what Randaddy said
except
our group uses the 4 bucket system, first soapy grunge wash, soap touch up main wash with hot water, river water rinse and finally bleach cool and cleared up river water rinse.

Three bucket system works fine, we just added the extra bucket (no one knows exactly why but we did) and the four bucket system became our standard way.
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If you get the chemistry right the alum will settle to clear water in about 20 minutes. The alum settles out with the sediment. Alum is sold in the grocery store for making pickles.

If you don't want to mess with the alum you can get a kit...
https://www.riversports.com/rs/produ...ter-Flocculant

Or just let the water sit overnight. Even a few hours will make a big difference.

Note: you need a lid, else in the morning you get clear water with dead mice floating in it.
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4 bucket system

I have been using the 4 bucket system for years now as everything I have read about the subject of sanitation says that having soap residue a surface reduces the effectiveness of the bleach, basically the bleach cannot fully contact your dishes, hence the added rinse before the bleach.
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Same as above but a 5 bucket system. Dishes can't be too clean
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A lil' silt ain't never hurt nobody.
True dat...
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We used to carry a Maytag until Whirlpool bought them out. The new river dishwashers units just aren't made like the old ones....
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We used to carry a Maytag until Whirlpool bought them out. The new river dishwashers units just aren't made like the old ones....
The great thing about having a blaster on the trip is that it's fairly easy to get that 180 degree drying cycle that the health department requires.

But seriously, 4 buckets works well as stated above: muck, soapy wash, and rinse before bleach. And seriously, the great thing about having a blaster on the trip is that it's fairly easy to get plenty of hot/warm water for all the tubs allowing you to use less soap to cut the grease and avoid that lingering "greasy spoon" effect.

Of course, if you've got dogs on the trip, you can get by with just rinse and bleach...

Wash on,

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